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Oregon has one of the highest rates of autism in the U.S. If you haven't already, you will meet someone with autism. People with autism want to lead fulfilling lives and make a meaningful contribution to society. Together, we can make that happen.

For Information and Resources Call
888 - Autism - 1
888 - 288 - 4761

To Request Support

Financial Aid/Scholarships:


Adler's Voice - now statewide! Adler's Voice provides augmentive and alternative communication (AAC) devices to children with significant communication difficulties. Referral Form & Release and Application Form

ACT Today! SOS Program - provides access to vital and effective treatments for autism through quarterly grant cycles. 

Autism Cares -  AutismCares provides grants for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders during times of crisis or unplanned hardships. To be eligible, individual must have medical diagnosis of ASD and their family members who have experienced at least one of the following qualifying events in the last 90 days:

  • Natural disaster: fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, severe storm or earthquake
  • Death or critical illness in the immediate family
  • Loss of home through foreclosure, eviction or natural disaste
  • Termination of employment for the primary income-earner

AutismThings.com has aside money that they make at the autism walks to give back to the community.  If your family needs monetary help, they request that you write them and tell them your situation and they will do everything possible to help.  Email: lorraine@autismthings.com

Autism Consortium: Raising A Child with an ASD
All too often, parents of children with ASD incur unexpected and immense out-of-pocket costs for treatments and services. Through the generosity of foundations and, sometimes, public funding, applicable grants might help parents offset these costs. The Autism Consortium has compiled a list of grant opportunities. Be sure to read each option carefully and understand that specific criteria pertain to each.

Autism Escapes
Autism Escapes will serve as an Angel Network for families of children with autism. Its primary purpose is to arrange air travel on private jets for families in need of medical care for their children.

College Scholarships - 

Financial Aid for Disabled Students
A listing of numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada. Each scholarship profile indicates whether online programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the award.

Schwallie Family Scholarship Program:  
Accepts applications from persons with an autism diagnosis (DSM-IV or later criteria) pursuing full-time, post-secondary, undergraduate education or vocational-technical training in any of the following:

    • Four-year undergraduate college or university
    • Two-year undergraduate college
    • Trade, technical or vocational school
    • Cooperative life skills programs

      There are 2 options: 
    • The Schwallie Family Scholarship for more mildly impacted students
    • The Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship to support students with more severe autism diagnoses

Disabled Children's Relief Fund 
Disabled Children's Relief Fund (DCRF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization provides disabled children with assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery. 

Edwin Phillips Foundation 
Edwin Phillips Foundation Provides grants directly to families who have children with disabilities, including physical and cognitive challenges. Funds can be used for more expensive projects or services such as assistive technology or home modifications. 

First Hand Foundation 
First Hand Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Our mission is to directly impact the health status of a young life. 

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too!
FODAC is a statewide and national provider of home health care equipment—mobility aids and daily living devices for people with disabilities and the newly injured.

Fund It Forward
Fund It Forward is a volunteer run non-profit organization which believes that parents of special needs children are strong, willing and able to endure daily struggles. Our Mission is to ease the burdens of families with special needs children by raising money for adaptive equipment not covered by health insurance.
www.funditfwd.org

Funding for iPads:

Special Needs Apps for Kids has also put together a list of iPad funding opportunities, see 
SNApps4Kids.com

Looking for an iPad? The Autism Society can help! Courtesy of the Autism Society’s contact center, Autism Source, they have put together a list of organizations that offer grants and other assistance for individuals with autism who would like to purchase an iPad. See www.autism-society.org
In addition, 

Generation Rescue Family Grant Program
This program's grants are designed to provide support to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Each grant recipient will receive: two doctor visits with a specially-trained physician who treats autism; vitamins, minerals and supplements for 90 days; a Generation Rescue Rescue mentor; dietary intervention training.

Helping Hand Program: National Autism Association
The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary biomedical treatments, supplements and therapy services for their autistic child.

Lend4Health
Lend4Health facilitates community-based, interest-free "micro-loans" as a creative funding option for individuals seeking optimal health. Currently, Lend4Health is facilitating loans for the "biomedical" treatment of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Other health issues may be included on Lend4Health in the future.

Loud Mommy
Our goal is to provide iPad's for families in need. Finances and child's condition are the deciding factors for Loud Mommy. Applicants will be reviewed by a committee. Supplies will be limited to donations received.

Modest Needs 
Modest Needs is a non-profit organization with a unique, threefold mission: to responsibly provide short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in temporary crisis, to lessen the burden of state and federal agencies charged with the care of the truly indigent by doing everything in our power to stop these at-risk households from slipping into the cycle of poverty, despite the burden posed by an unanticipated, emergency expense; and to promote compassion and generosity on the part of individual persons living in the United States and Canada.

MyGOAL Inc. Enrichment Grant
MyGOAL Inc. is proud to offer a grant program that will enable families to take advantage of socialization and educational opportunities designed for individuals with special needs. The purpose of the grants is to enrich the body, mind, and spirit of individual(s) with Autism Spectrum Disorders, resulting in a higher quality of life.

The Olive You Foundation
Our purpose is to provide grants to help children who have speech and language disorders. Our goal is to allow children with communication difficulties the chance to better express themselves. The Olive You Foundation strives to provide children the opportunity to receive assistance to help improve their communication.

Patient Advocate Foundation
Find out what is available in your community. Information available on: Children's Health Insurance Programs, Community Referral, Disability Services, Financial Assistance, Food Stamps, Health Care, Insurance, Legal, Medication/Drug Assistance and Special Needs.

Small Steps in Speech
Small Steps in Speech assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatments for individuals as well as grants to charitable organizations who serve children with communicative disorders. Our goal is to give children the chance to better express themselves in the world in which we live.

Social Security and SSI Disability Claims
We help individuals WIN Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits. Our informative website provides a wealth of information and support in obtaining SSDI and SSI claims. We have been disability advocates for nearly 40 years and provide an easy and effective way to help individuals successfully obtain disability awards.

Talk About Curing Autism: Family Scholarship Program
The TACA Family Scholarship Program was developed to help families who are pursuing treatment for their children with autism, but are struggling to find the funding. We understand how difficult it is to stretch the family budget to include things like, DAN doctors, independent evaluations or conference registration.  It is our desire to provide limited financial assistance to qualified families.

TRICARE: Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration
Under the Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration, TRICARE covers Educational Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders for qualifying military families. The demonstration is available in the 50 states and DC to beneficiaries who are 18 months or older, registered or in the process of registering in ECHO, and diagnosed with either Autistic Disorder (AD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS), Asperger's Disorder (AS) or Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD).

See if you qualify for a FREE download of the Proloquo2go app! This app is pretty amazing and turns an iPad (or iPod or iPhone) into an augmentative communication device. However, the $190 price tag is a hardship for many families. Contact Beth Walkington at the Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region to get an application and the income criteria: bwalkington@eastersealsdfvr.org

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation (ASDF)  
Has two programs for families affected by autism:
       1. Giving Tree offers financial assistance which varies for each individual family's specific needs; and  
       2
. Camp Scholarships allow autistic children the opportunity to explore new horizons and are important in the healthy growth of children affected by autism. 

United Health Care Children's Foundation:
Dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. Support is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans. Frequently asked questions are located hereFor information and application, click here

Autism Society of Oregon: 
ASO welcomes requests for donations and support from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations serving the autism community. We are sorry, but we cannot process requests on behalf of an individual. ASO tries to accommodate as many requests as time and resources allow. Requests should be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance to allow time for review. Please contact ASO for an application form - click here to email.