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Financial Help for Families Facing Autism

Autism Speaks: This organization offers free legal aid to certain families in the process of appealing their Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) hearings. Autism Speaks also funds Community Grants to help support organizations that provide services or programs for people with autism. Although they don’t provide grants directly to individuals, they do encourage people who need help to contact local organizations and urge them to apply for a grant from Autism Speaks.

ACT Today: This group sponsors a program in which approved applicants can receive grants of $100 to $5,000 to pay for expenses related to the care or treatment of someone with autism.

NeighborHeart: This relatively small organization provides $500 grants to low-income families with an individual who has a developmental delay or disability, including autism.

AutismCares: They provide up to $1,500 in support to cover costs associated with critical living expenses such as housing, utilities, car repair, day care, funeral expenses and other essential items on a case-by-case basis. Families must have experienced a serious event such as a fire, natural disaster, foreclosure or job loss.

Talk About Curing Autism: This group sponsors a family scholarship program which provides financial help for doctor’s appointments, lab work and other services. The organization’s web site also has a comprehensive section entitled “Who Pays for What?” which includes a detailed chart on the numerous autism-related expenses, identifying which ones are covered by insurance, medical assistance or other sources.

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