Funding Resources for Children with Autism


One of the biggest frustrations and limitations to treatment of children with Autism is the cost associated with therapies that help.  The kids who do the best are the ones who are participating in early intervention with occupational/ behavioral therapy concurrently with biomedical intervention.  Comprehensive management is costly.  Here is a starting place to finding financial assistance for your child.

1.  National Autism Association Helping Hand Program

  • Application available online 
  • Children up to age 18
  • Max amount is one-time grant of $1,500 
  • 2-3 grants awarded each month (in 2008)
  • Can still apply if you have health insurance 
  • Grant can be used for biomedical treatments, supplements or therapies. 

2.  ACT Today! Autism Core and Treatment Grant Program

  • Applications available online
  • applications kept on file for one year and may be added to in that time frame Grants awarded range form $100-$5,000
  • Priority given to household income less than $100,000 and families with multiple children on the spectrum.
  • Funds any needed treatments and assessments

3.  United Healthcare Children's Foundation

  • Medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans
  • Information online here
  • Child must be 16 years or younger and receive or pay for care/items in the US 
  • The applicant must be covered by a commercial health benefit plan and limits for the requested service are either exceeded, or no coverage is available and/or the copayments are a serious financial burden on the family (Commercial health benefit plan is defined on website) 
  • The potential of the intervention to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life for the child, the financial status of the family and the severity of the child's illness will all be considered 
  • Awards will NOT be granted to individuals in families whose Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) exceeds $20,000 per family member 
  • The amount awarded to an individual within a 12-month period is limited to either $5,000 or 85% of the fund balance, whichever amount is less. Awards to any one individual are limited to a lifetime maximum of $7,500 

4.  Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants

  • Applications online 
  • Grants are to promote services that will enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders 
  • Autism Speaks will accept family services community grant proposals that address education, equipment/supportive technology, recreation/community activities, young adult/adult services
  • Autism Speaks will not award grants to individuals or fund an individual or family for participation in personal programs nor will they fund research 
  • The average grant award will be in the $10,000 - $20,000 range. Multi-year grants will not be awarded

5.  Generation Rescue

  • Funding to begin (hopefully) by 2009.
  • Applications will be available online.
  • Families will be accepted into the program and provided with free biomedical intervention services from participating physicians
6.  TACA Family Scholarship Program (Talk About Curing Autism)
  •  Application info online 
  • Initial biomedical doctor appointment
  • Follow-up appointment with current biomedical doctor. 
  • Lab work - as recommended by a doctor. Application would need to include information on the cost breakdown of the lab work being requested and the contact information for the preferred Lab.
  • Independent Assessment with a licensed/credentialed professional (Speech, OT or Educational Assessments with report). Contact Moira Giammatteo for application availability 949-640-4401 ext 107.
  • DAN Conference Scholarship (registration, hotel and airfare) - You and a buddy can apply to attend a DAN conference. TACA requests that the two attendees be from two different families. Scholarship recipients will be required to share a room at the conference, and may be needed for volunteer duties while at the conference. Availability of this category is dependent on funding. Contact Moira Giammatteo for application availability 949-640-4401 ext 107.

NOTE: Payments, once authorized, are NOT made directly to the family, but are instead paid on the family's behalf directly to the vendor who is providing goods and services. Please understand vacations, trips to Disneyland and other similar events are not selected for funding.