Autism is described as an epidemic. It is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, affecting 1 in 88 children. Over 2 million Americans are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. There is currently no cure for autism and very little is understood about its causes.
There are two types of school grants that exist to support children with autism. The first provides funding to schools, centers and programs directly that focus on educating autistic children. The second provides funding for those with ASD to attend autism schools and to receive vocational training.
Grants for Autism Schools and Community Programs
These grants provide funding for schools and community programs that work with autistic children. They do not offer individual grants to families with autistic kids or help with medical expenses.
Autism Speaks Community Grants
Autism Speaks offers around $350,000 annually to organizations that focus on education, recreation and autism services. For more information about the community grant program contact Serena Selkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-475-5059.
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
This foundation issues grants of $10,000 to $20,000 to schools and non-profit organizations that work with autistic children. Its priorities are to fund organizations that support families, education and advocacy and recreational and social skills programs. Grants are open to national educational and advocacy programs as well as any school or organization in New York, New Jersey, New England, Southern California, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.
National Inclusion Project
The NIP partners with existing community organizations like YMCAs, scouts, boys and girls clubs and camps to provide grant funding to these partners to include children with disabilities in their recreational programs. The partnership grant will provide up to $10,000 per year to pay for scholarships for children with disabilities that could otherwise not participate in these programs due to financial need.
Grants for Autistic Children to Attend Schools and Programs
These programs provide individual assistance to families of autistic children to attend schools and programs. They do not offer grants to provide for medical expenses or pay for treatment other than what is provided through each school program.
Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation
This foundation offers grants for older children and adults with ASD to attend several programs that focus on vocational and life skills programs at several centers around the United States.
Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program
The Georgia Department of Education provides this scholarship program to allow children with disabilities to attend schools that focus on special needs of children with disabilities. Under the program, autistic children can receive a transfer to a school district outside their district of residence that caters to that specific need and have the educational costs covered under the program.
The Autism Grant
This grant provides money for tuition to attend the Dominion School for Autism in Richmond, VA to receive Applied Behavioral Analysis treatment. It is designed for children ages 2-5 and available to financially disadvantaged children diagnosed with ASD.
Category: Education Grants