Grants for Children with Autism

Most people have heard of autism but unless you have an autistic child or know someone that does, chances are that you do not know much about it. Children with autism develop symptoms usually in their first three years. This neurodevelopmental disorder varies from person to person with a wide range of symptoms in which some are severely impaired and others are high functioning individuals. Since no single treatment works for everyone, a treatment must be specifically personalized to each child’s situation. At this time, no cure is known.

Thanks to a number of organizations, awareness about autism is on the rise. Along with this is a rise in grants to help children with autism including autism education grants. Such autism grants and programs work to meet some of the unique needs of families with an autistic child.

A number of organizations and foundations exist that provide services, information and events as well as conduct programs and provide grants for children with autism. To list just a few:

  • Autism Speaks. An autism advocacy organization founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, who have a grandchild with autism. A wealth of information can be found on their website http://www.autismspeaks.org/ including grant information, family services, community outreach, and information about treatments.

  • Autism Society. www.autism-society.org Founded in 1965, they have worked hard to spearhead state and local legislation.

  • National Autism Association’s Helping Hand Program. Funds are paid for such things as therapy services, biomedical treatments and supplements with funds being paid directly to the provider.

  • Organization for Autism Research (OAR). http://www.researchautism.org/ Their website is a useful tool for connecting you to information about autism research. There is a searchable database of organizations as well as forums, a newsletter, and various website links.

  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Information on the research they are doing on autism is located on their website at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/autism/.

  • The Nancy Lurie Marks Family FoundationFostering Knowledge and Community for Autism and Beyond. This foundation develops and provides grants to programs in education, advocacy, research, policy, and clinical care.

  • Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. Awards grants to non-profit organizations and schools that provide education, services and advocacy for children with autism and to organizations that do research on autism. (www.dougflutiejrfoundation.org )

Getting the diagnosis of Autism for your child can be a very stressful and difficult time. It is imperative that you get informed – do this through reputable organizations, networking and support groups. Be wary of anyone that leads you to believe there is a miracle cure. Each child with autism is different, so finding the right treatment will probably require trial and error. Many organizations will be glad to send you a packet of information to get you started.

2 Responses to “Grants for Children with Autism”

  1. SANDRA PIMENTEL Says:

    I LIVE IN PUERTO RICO. I AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. CAN I APPLY TO ANY GRANT? HOW CAN I DO IT?

  2. schoolgrants Says:

    I’m not sure what the deal is if you live in puerto rico, Very sorry.

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