Financial Support for Creative Autistic Adults and Asperger's Syndrome

There are several programs, agencies, and grants that are designed to support those families impacted by ASD who face challenging times and require financial assistance. Some of these sources are available to families who meet their financial criteria, while others are only intended to help people with disabilities. Explore the following different funding options and determine what you might qualify for.
  • Community and State Financial Assistance
  • Family Grant Opportunities
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Social Security Disability Insurance
  • ABLE Accounts
  • Medicaid Waiver

Grants

Though there are many grants, the bad news is that the majority are rather quite small and awfully competitive. In addition, most will pay only for certain medical expenses and send funds straight to the medical provider. Because an expanding number of foundations are making ASD a number one priority for nonprofit grants, meaning local organizations which serve families have a greater chance of getting funds than previously.
  • Act Today for Autism provides grants ranging from $100 to $5000 to qualifying families with a limited income. Their priorities are firstly families with two or more autistic children, and then families with an urgent financial need.
  • Grants from United Healthcare Children’s Foundation offer financial assistance for families who got children with medical needs that are not covered or completely covered by their regular health insurance. The foundation tries to fill the void between what health-related services your child requires and what your health insurance will pay for. Two important qualifying factors are: 1) Children must be less than 16, and 2) covered already under a private health insurance.
  • The Doug Flutie Foundation usually funds organizations; however, it offers in addition individual grants via Joey’s Funds, but the Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program only accepts grant applications from families living in these states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, who need financial support for someone with autism. Families may apply for $2000 via the program, or even $3000 if more than one family member with ASD.
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