The purpose of our awards will be to further our mission statement of providing support and/or opportunities to children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
All awards will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
All awards will be subject to Board approval AND funds available.
The number of awards given each year will depend on funds available.
Those responsible for the award selection will be the Foundation's Board of Directors. Determining awards made under our program is solely the responsibility of the Board.
Meeting of criteria does not automatically result in an award.
One award per household/organization per month will be accepted.
One award per household/organization per 12-month period will be granted. If a recipient wishes to request another award, they will need to complete a separate application after one year and are subject to the same initial application criteria.
Applicants will be notified by letter or phone call of the Board's decision within 60 days of receipt of their application.
Any financial award will be a one-time payment made directly to the organization, provider of services or supplier.
The Board will not award payment for ongoing treatment at this time.
There is no age limit.
Awards may be given to special education programs.
Criteria Specific to Families:
The Foundation will not provide monetary awards directly to individuals and/or families.
When appropriate, the Foundation will first seek out donations of services for families and/or individuals from community businesses and/or organizations. When donations of goods or services are not available or appropriate, the Foundation will provide funds directly to the business and/or organizations that are the direct provider of services or supplies.
Must show proof of disability from a licensed mental health or medical professional (award options will also be considered for families on waiting lists for diagnosis).
Copy of tax return and the last three paycheck stubs need to accompany application for ALL employed members of a family. If unemployed, a copy of SSI statement must accompany application. accompany application.
Applicants must meet HUD household income guidelines based on the number of individuals in the family:
Criteria Specific to Organizations:
The Foundation will provide awards to organizations that provide services including but not limited to multi-disciplinary diagnostic evaluations, supplies for special education classrooms, musical therapy, animal therapy and individual or family psychiatric/psychological therapy.
Applications from organizations must show written proof that the award will go directly to services for individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or other neuro-developmental disorder and must also be in line with our mission statement.
Examples of awards include the following:
Cost of medical equipment not covered by insurance to include co-payment or deductible for the equipment;
Videos or other needed teaching tools;
Birthday parties for child or sibling;
Special birthday gifts;
Respite for parents;
Family vacations (hotel, meals, entertainment);
Adopt a family for the holidays;
Supplies for special education programs;
One time award made to organization for music therapy, animal therapy, and individual or family psychiatric/psychological therapy;