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The Complete List of Free Things and Grants for Kids with Special Needs

The Complete List of Free Things and Grants for Kids with Special Needs
Written by Irina Vasilescu

We always want to provide the best for our kids, but somehow, the pressure is even greater when our kids have special needs. Of course, there are direct costs, such as the need for medical equipment to make their lives easier, but we also want to provide them with happy memories to at least partly make up for the tough times they experience at a very young age.

Fortunately, there’s no need to feel all alone. There are some marvelous organizations out there that really want to help. Why not give them an opportunity to do so? Are you managing just fine on your own? Consider donating to these worthy causes instead.

For this list, we’ll cover all the names of organizations providing medical and therapy help we can find, but do ask medical staff about local non-profits, and feel free to share the names of any organizations that have been of help to your family.

Travel Help

The Complete List of Free Things and Grants for Kids with Special Needs

  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand: Alex’s funds pediatric cancer research, but it also helps out families who need to travel to get treatment.
  • Angel Flight: A group of pilots volunteers their services to fly families in need to places where they can get necessary medical care they couldn’t otherwise have accessed.
  • Autism Escapes: This non-profit isn’t just for kids with autism. If you need to travel by air to get therapy for your special needs child, find out whether they can help.
  • Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation: When kids have to be treated far from home, parents often struggle to find affordable accommodation. If your child needs to get care from the John Hopkins Children’s center, you can get a free stay. There’s even a beach house for families of special needs kids who need, but can’t afford, a break.
  • J Kiffin Penry Patient Travel Assistance Fund: When all your funds run out and you still need to travel get epilepsy care, a grant could be the answer.
  • The National Children’s Cancer Society: When your budget won’t stretch to accommodate travel needs, the NCCS can cover your child’s travel costs.
  • Free Charity Cars: You really can get a car for free. This organizations helps struggling families to get wheels.
  • 1800 Charity Cars: Caring citizens donate cars to help people in need. When you have to take an ill child for regular therapy, a car is an absolute must-have.
  • Online Car Donation: If you are struggling to take care of your family and your special needs child because you lack transport, get in touch with people who are there to help.
  • Various local charities with car donation programs: There are many small, local car donation charities. Find out what’s available in your area if you’re in a bind because of transport.

Therapy Tools and Mobility Aids

The Complete List of Free Things and Grants for Kids with Special Needs

  • Ben’s Blankets: When your child needs a weighted blanket because of a sensory disorder, the price can be high. Volunteer seamstresses will make custom blankets for kids in need at the cost of the materials used.
  • Challenged Athletes Foundation: CAF helps challenged athletes with special sporting equipment.
  • Chelsea Hutchison Foundation: After losing their otherwise healthy daughter to an epileptic seizure, Chelsea’s family started a foundation to help kids with epilepsy get assistance dogs and life-saving movement monitors. 
  • ELKS Therapy: The Washington and Florida branches of the ELKS help kids in need to get therapy at home.
  • Feeding Tube Awareness: Partners up with medical organizations and clinics that provide free feeding g-tubes belts and pads to any child that requires one. The charity is run by parents volunteers that will become like a second family to yours.
  • FODAC: Free or low-cost wheelchairs, vehicle modifications and home modifications go a long way towards helping movement impaired children get quality of life.
  • Friends of Man: Getting mobility equipment or a prosthesis can be extremely costly unless you get help. You will need help from a medical professional or social worker when completing your application.
  • Holton’s Heroes: Children who have suffered a post birth brain injury and their families can benefit from the help, support and therapy tools provided by Holton’s Heroes.
  • iPads for Apraxia: Research suggests that iPads can help kids with apraxia. If your family wants to try and can’t afford one, this organisation might be able to help out.
  • McLindon Family Foundation: Special bikes for special kids allow them to have fun just like anyone else.
  • MIRA Foundation: Having a guide dog makes a world of difference to blind kids. This foundation helps them get a canine helper.
  • Miracle Ear Foundation: A hearing aid helps hearing impaired kids and adults participate in normal living. It’s like a miracle, and with this foundation, the miracle comes for free. 
  • MPS Society: Provides free support for children affected by this disorder.
  • MY GYM Challenged America: Get help with medical equipment and mobility aids.
  • Project Mend: A refurbished mobility device could be the answer to your prayers. The volunteers at Project Mend help people of all ages to get mobile.
  • Ramps.org: Provides the necessary help for kids that need a ramp to move from a home to the outside. The website also includes a map with different areas where you can find the help for building a ramp. 
  • Service Dogs: Besides the fact that they provide and struggle to train all the dogs to be ready to handle any disability the human might have, including autism and blindness, the service may ask for a small fee to keep the dogs trained and ready for friendship, companionship, unconventional, and unconditional love for the child.
  • Stepping Stones for Stella: Every kid should be able to go to the beach or play in the snow, but regular mobility aids don’t do well in those conditions. However, the ones made by this non-profit will! Hundreds have already been made and donated.
  • Shriners Orthotics and Prosthetics: Shriners Childrens Hospitals help people who need orthotics or prosthetics to get the devices they need.
  • The Arya Foundation: Mobility aids and even special seats or ramps help disabled kids enjoy living at home. Talk to the Arya Foundation about your child’s needs.
  • The Danny Did Foundation: Seizure detection devices can save lives, but they’re not covered by insurance. A wonderful foundation and epilepsy community can get one for you child.
  • The HIKE Fund: When kids need hearing aids, HIKE steps into the breach.
  • The Miracle League: firstly started in Conyers, Georgia sand spread to Alabama, West Virginia, Illinois, and California, the organisation offers the opportunity for kids with special needs to play baseball and have fun on a custom-designed field.
  • Two Angels Foundation: Sometimes, kids just want to be able to join the fun and go to school like other kids. Adaptive equipment helps, and this foundation helps kids to get the equipment they need.
  • Weighted Comfort for Kids: Provides sensory comfort and relief for autistic kids. You can request a free weighted blanket and lap pad for your child online.
  • Wheelchairs 4 Kids: If you’re struggling to provide a wheelchair for your little one, let others help you.
  • Wheel to Walk Foundation: Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California kids needing anything from leg braces to therapy trikes from this wonderful foundation.

Financial Assistance 

The Complete List of Free Things and Grants for Kids with Special Needs

  • Alyssa V. Phillips Foundation: Even if you don’t need help with funding cerebral palsy treatments your insurance doesn’t cover, this foundation will help you to gain a better understanding of cerebral palsy and how to care for children with this condition.
  • Aubrey Rose Foundation: Poor little Aubrey Rose had a short life, but she is still making a positive impact. Help with medical expenses for families with ill children is just one of the things her foundation provides.
  • Aubrey’s Warriors Foundation: The mom of a special needs daughter founded this organization to help families with kids whose needs strain their budgets.
  • Be Perfect Foundation: Paralysis isn’t easy to deal with. This organization provides counseling, legal help, and financial aid to the families of those living with paralysis.
  • Bryan’s Dream Foundation: When kids need costly medical treatments families often find themselves struggling. Bryan’s Dream issues several grants every year to help families with treatment costs.
  • Building Blocks for Kids: Whether it’s paying for treatments or helping with home modifications to make your child’s life easier, this organization does all it can to make things easier for you.
  • Cancer Care: Cancer Care doesn’t only help kids with cancer, they help when mom or dad need assistance too.
  • Different Needz Foundation: Families of kids with developmental disorders can get the help they need here.
  • Eden’s Hope: The families of kids with neuroblastoma have great financial burdens to bear. Eden’s hope does what it can to help in your hour of need.
  • Family Reach: Help kids with cancer through Family Reach, or apply for help if you are struggling to cover your child’s medical costs.
  • First Hand Foundation: Medical insurance only covers so much. When all other avenues are exhausted, first hand helps with medical and transport expenses.
  • Fred’s Footsteps: When kids are ill or injured, a foundation commemorating the life of a generous entrepreneur steps in.
  • Generation Rescue: The families of autistic children can get funding for therapy with the help of this worthy organization.
  • Gia Nicole Angel Foundation: Kids with physical disabilities have costly needs. This foundation wants to make a difference.
  • Grotto Humanitarian Foundation: When kids have special needs, caring for their teeth can be hard to do. If you’re struggling to afford dental care, this foundation will help to keep your special child’s smile bright.
  • Gwendolyn Strong Foundation: Spinal Muscular Atrophy is less rare than we’d like it to be! This organization raises funds for research – and helps families whose insurance doesn’t cover their SMA care needs.
  • Hands to Angels: What could be more tragic than discovering your child has a rare genetic disorder? The parents of one such little boy have started a foundation to help other families in this situation.
  • Hannah and Friends: Kids and adults with special needs in Indiana, the Michiana area, New York, Rhode Island, and Florida could qualify for quality of life grants from Hannah and Friends.
  • June Brandy Foundation: Whether kids are ill or disabled, the June Brandy foundation reaches out.
  • June Jessee Memorial Foundation: If you live in the St. Louis area and have a child with special medical needs, just getting good advice is worth gold. Whether you just want sound advice or need financial assistance, this might be the organization you’re looking for.
  • Kya’s Krusade: Even if you don’t need financial help, having a caring community of parents who are in a similar situation to you is important – and if you need financial help, the community will do its best.
  • Maggie Welby Foundation: Grants and scholarships are offered in memory of a little girl who never had the chance to grow up.
  • Mark’s Money: If you live in Tennessee or Indiana, are struggling to keep your head above the water financially, and your child has Down Syndrome, Mark’s Money could see you through.
  • Matthew Larson Foundation: The families of kids who have brain tumors can get financial assistance here.
  • Modest Needs: When we’re down on our luck, a little help may be all we need.
  • Molly Bear Foundation: Trisomy 18 is a rare disorder. Those who loved a little girl with T18 started this funding organization to help families with needs their insurance won’t cover.
  • My GOAL Inc: Kids with autism spectrum disorders need to socialize too. Socialization and interactive therapy programs may be costly and far from home. My GOAL helps you get on programs you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.
  • Needy Meds: If your income is low and your medical costs are high, getting cheap, free or discounted meds can literally be a lifesaver.
  • Parker Lee Project: When your insurance doesn’t cover your child’s needs, you needn’t despair.
  • Ray Tye Medical Foundation: There really are cases in which people can’t afford life-saving surgery for their kids. This memorial foundation has helped to save kids’ lives when they need surgeries that parents can’t afford.
  • Ride to Give: A group of cyclists have turned their sport into a great way to raise funds for those in need of medical help. 
  • Small Steps in Speech: Speech and language disorders call for therapy. If you can’t afford it, Small Steps in Speech will do its best to help.
  • Snap4Kids: Like so many of the wonderful organizations that help special needs kids, this one is run by parents like you. They don’t have a lot of resources, but if they can help, they will.

Extras

So far, we’ve mainly looked at organizations that supply absolute necessities, but there are also those that are willing to treat your child. We won’t provide a comprehensive list here, because there are simply too many, but we will add a few cute ones.

  • Icing Smiles: Volunteers around the US are willing to bake cakes for special needs kids when they reach special milestones like birthdays.
  • Camp Boggy Creek: This holiday camp offers “serious fun” for special needs kids and their families.
  • Deliver the Dream: Offers free family trips that will occur in a special place every time just to make your child experience amazing and fun things.  Each retreat is made for a specific illness such as autism, spina bifida, Down syndrome and cancer.  
  • Feel Better Friends: Caring volunteers produce beautiful handmade cuddly dolls to provide comfort to children with medical problems.
  • The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project: Provides fun and therapeutic experiences to any child with disabilities.

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The Complete List of Free Things and Grants for Kids with Special Needs

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78 Comments

  • We are a family with a son about to be 6 months may20,
    He is expected to be discharged next week . He is trach vent dependent and had gj tube. I was wanting to see if there is a organization to help with providing a vehicle to support needs to travel for doctors appointments therapy and so on. We are a family of four and on a small income. I also take car of my mother full time that is walker dependent so our car doesn’t fit our family. She is on a transplant waiting list for kidney and I do pd dialysis ever night. If there is any organization for donating vehicles please contact me. We like in lakeland FLORIDA

    • Hi Rachel,

      Here are some useful resources and organizations that can help you get a car : http://www.800charitycars.org/, https://www.wheelsforwishes.org/, http://www.freecharitycars.org/, http://www.wikihow.com/Get-a-Free-Car-if-You-Have-a-Disability

      I really hope that you’ll find the help you need and I wish you all the best for your whole family.
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  • I just spent $1000 for airfare to go from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Tampa, Florida, so my 25 year old son with autism, can your a supported housing community for adults with disabilities. It is insane. There is nothing here in Louisiana. He has been on a waiver waiting list since he was 16. With the cuts to services for people with disabilities every time you turn around, you have to go where there are services.

    • Where is this located I have a son with autism he is 16 now would like to find out more we just moved to Tampa for him to go to FACE school for autism

  • Add to that list: Icing Smiles, Feel Better Friends, ELKS therapy, Shriners orthodics, and Camp Boggy Creek…

    • Hi Mara,

      Thank you for your recommendation. Any new organization is welcome, we hope to help as many people find the necessary aid.

      All the best.
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    • Those are all on the list. They are higher up. Thank you!
      There are navy waiver programs in New York for Autistic children. I called Adult Protective Services Family Type Adult Unit 631) 854-3195 & 3196. Talk to Sandy. A wealth of advice and she may be able to find you a place.

  • Thank you for the fantastic list. Our special needs parents groups was just talking about a few of these things I will make sure to pass your post along.

  • Dear Irina Vasilescu,
    Thank you for such great job you are doing for kids in need!!!
    I am wondering does this assistance mentioned above for US kids only, or for kids from other countries as well?
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind Regards
    Eka Tabidze

    • Hi Eka,

      Thank you for your kind words. The listed organizations are from US. Best regards.
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  • This list should include Holton’s Heroes — holtonsheroes.org — which helps childrens and families affected by pediatric post-birth brain injuries by supplying therapy equipment and small financial grants for therapy.

    • Thank you Eric for your recommendation. Any new resource is very helpful. All the best!
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  • Please modify this to ready Chelsea Hutchison Foundation: After losing their otherwise healthy daughter to an epileptic seizure, CHELSEA (not Danielle)’s family started a foundation to help kids with epilepsy get assistance dogs AND LIFE-SAVING MOVEMENT MONITORS.

  • Please remember that many of these organizations recieve grants which is government money the organization had to write and ask for. Many of these organizations could not continue without this money. Remember this when we hear about the government cutting grant money.

  • I wasn’t aware that there were that many organizations that had been set up to help children with special needs. This article will call attention to the possibility of help for families that need help for their children so badly.
    It’s a struggle to provide the special aids and equipment that a child with any kind of disability needs to learn and life mor comfortably.
    These wonderful children are so courageous. The endure pain with grace and patience. They give immeasurable joy to the people who love them.
    They deserve to be able to have good things in their lives.
    Thanks to all the fabulous people who have been, are and will continue to help.

  • The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation also assist in helping families get seizure monitoring devices. Their precious Daughters name is Chelsea, not Danielle. (May her memory always be a blessing)

    • Are you connected with the MPS Society? They can help with needs related to kids with MPS. I had a son with Hunters.

  • i think this should be on any list with wondering children.
    vivint.com/company/gives-back/discounts

    we are getting this setup in our house next month. they go by income. the guy i have been talking to has been great help, i asked if we could email instead of phone because you know how kids are when you are on the phone and he had no problem with it. i think we have 40 emails back n forth from just a week of chatting about the system.

  • Hello Irina. Are these aids accessible to people living outside the US. We are in Africa and Nigeria precisely.

    • Hi. For the moment we just covered US organizations. Keep reading us for updates. Have a great day!
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  • My family and I recently separated from the usaf after 30yrs. My motger of have, one which is severely disabled with cerebral palsy. I recently got a JOB offer working about 35mins from my house
    I was wondering, if anyone knows of a certified and reputable company , agency or person that provides in home childcare in the Riverview FL area for a few hours a week? The person/ organization needs to be knowledgeable in CPR and working with cerebral palsy patients or patients with sever disabilities.

  • I reside in NY and i have a 5 year old who is a runner and impulsive. He loves water and lights. He is a child who is friendly to anyone. Is there something out there like a tracking device so if theres an emergency or something happend to him emergency services can track him ?

    • There are a lot of trackers for kids that work on GPS. Here is a list: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-gps-child-trackers,review-2884.html
      Also, we found that there is a mini portable real-time GPS tracker that sends you a text or e-mail when a person leaves an area. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Spy-Tec-STI-GL300-Portable-Tracker/dp/B00JG8KCLO/.

      Hope you will find this info useful. All the best!
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    • Go to Pinggps.com it is the best travking device coming available soon! They are taking pre orders now. Should be out soon!

    • You should check out Angel Sense. They provide tracking with GPS and special alerts for families with kids that wander.

    • You know, they can put gps at his ankle, under the skin, just like they do with your loving pet that you’d never want to run. They are wonderful, especially in the case of children who are abducted. They are taken out at age 18. Out is done at your Drs office. They use a small syringe.

  • We are in Tennessee and I have 2 autistic kids and a husband with severe allergies and asthma. We need to replace the old worn down carpets. They smell like pee from when I used to keep kids to stay home with my little one who is 6 and from where he pees all over house. We have had them professional cleaned but it’s still there. We also have 2 potty trained family pets but accidents happen. We have intensive in home therapy, ABA, and in home speech and a family of 5 so my house is very heavy foot traffic. Plus 2 active boys who get nasty outside daily. We are maxed out on allergy meds and have an epi pen. My older breaks out in hives. Do you know of any resources?

  • I’m a documentary filmmaker looking for grants to help with postproduction to my film. I will do a Kickstarter soon to help with some of the budget, but which foundation would be the best to request grants from?
    Thanks and check out the progress of my film.

  • I live in Ohio and I have two special needs kids that want to go to a therapy based day camp through our local children’s hospital. The only problem is it’s $4500 a piece for the 7 week day camp that equals 200+ hours of therapy. Does anyonr know any way I can help get funding for them to go?

    • My best advice is ask the camp. Ask them if any child gets funding and through who? If that fails type “special needs camp funding”. Happy Camper offers scholarships to children going to camp the first time.
      You’ll find a way. (((Hugs)))

  • Please add Deliver the Dream to the list. Deliver the Dream is a Florida based organization that hosts retreats for families going through illness or crisis. There are retreats for families with children with autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, cancer, epilepsy, craniofacial conditions, and Down syndrome. http://Www.DelivertheDream.org, 954-564-3512.

    • Thank you Elizabeth for your recommendation. The post will be updated soon will new resources.
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  • Hello

    I am currently living with family. I have twin boys 2 yrs old. My one son is on the spectrum, has sensory processing disorder and development delays and deletion of the fifth chromosome
    His twin brother has hypotonia and global development delays and deletion of the fifth chromosome
    I wanted to see if there is anything out there to help with housing. I feel it’s to small here for them we have one bedroom and there therepy is constantly being interrupted. Any help would be great
    Ty

  • Hi my name is cynthia i have a son with autism. Specdrum disorder i wasvwondering if you guys know of any special pediatric for autism

  • Although financial resources aren’t provided, The Miracle League, based in Conyers, GA, builds baseball fields for children with special needs of any kind. They are also now including disabled friendly playgrounds. Their motto is, “Every Child Deserves to Play Baseball”. They have fields all over the country and are actively raising funds to continue to provide these delightful recreational facilities. Many MLB teams are heavily involved in their home towns. Community sponsored, the kids get actual uniforms, and it’s a huge deal for friends and family. A terrific organization. Just thought I’d give them a shout out to see if they belong on this list.

    • Thank you for the recommendation. The article will be updated soon with new resources. All the best!
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  • I have been looking for more help for my grandson, now i have found it and will be using the service.

  • The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project has a gently used disability equipment exchange program and maintains an exhaustive listing of disability resources! http://www.themorganproject.org

  • Thanks for all the info…my 14 yr old son has a rare illness called ALD….hope some of these programs can help our family…hes blind and bedridden…thanks again

  • Hi. Do you know of any organizations that offer grants to (not-for-profit) schools for children with special needs?

  • I’d love your help and advice on how we might complie a similar list on help and support for our children in Australia. Great article!

  • How many of these are for autistic children? My son is severely autistic, he is seven and doesnt talk and still poops in his pants. I am doing this virtually by myself with 3 other kids. One with ADHD. We need serious help with food, because he eats all the time and then tries to throw food away. With clothes bc he is growing so fast. And locks on cabniets and doors. We have lost him and other c people who have watched him including the school have lost him. There is even a police report now. We just need HELP!!!

    • Hi Jessica. Sorry to hear that. Some of the organizations are for autistic children. I recommend you to check all of them. Hope this info will help you. All the best.
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  • Hi I am a mother of 2 boy’s with Autism age 16 & 12. My 12yr old is in need of a service dog for his PTSD, & Sensory needs & hoping that it may just help with his socializing. Can anyone here help me & guide me in the right direction please. Thanks a bunch.

  • Thank you for all the wonderful information shared. I am a special needs travel agent and mother of a 10-year-old son with Autism. This has been very informative and I shared with my special needs group. Thanks so much.

  • Hello, you have many wonderful links here, very nice job. A group of people in our county are raising money to build a playground that kids of all abilities and their friends and family can enjoy once provided the right play equipment, correct usable play surface, shade and fencing. We have one big benefit dinner each year for the past 5 years and raise about $20,000 each time. Do you have any sites that could benefit us? Please look at our site http://www.BigDreamsPlaygrounds.com
    Thank you for all the info you provide people

  • Please add to the list Angels Sending Hope Inc. a 501(c)(3) Organization fulfilling Wishes, Cards and Smiles to children with medical needs throughout the U.S.

  • I have a friend that has a 7 yr old non verbal autistic daughter….and she is trying to find someone that can help her get an ipad with a speech program for her daughter…..Is there anyone or a group that would help her do that…??

  • Thank you for this! Amazing! I live in New York state and my almost 7 year old would like to learn to ride a bike but he is not strong enough to petal and feels unstable on a regular kid’s bike. Is there an organization who helps pay for adaptive bikes? They are so expensive but I think he could benefit from this so much!

    • Hi Megan,

      Thank you for your appreciation.

      I hope these organizations can help you:

      – http://joeysfriendstoo.org/
      – http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/asset-development/assistive-technology-loan-program
      – http://www.jakeshelpfromheaven.org/

      All the best!
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  • Irina,

    Joseph’s Genetic Journey on Facebook provides g-tube belts and pads free of charge for children (and adults) on feeding tubes! There is a pinned post at the top of the page and it is the order form.

  • Thank you for the list. I can’t seem to find a place that might be able to help with a house ramp. I have adopted 4 children with medical needs 2 of which require wheelchairs. I’m in CT and need assistance with a wheelchair chair ramp for our home. Do you know of anyone in this area. They have Spina Bifida.
    Thanks

    • HI there. REACh out to your local “Habitat for Humanity”. They might be able to help you or they can tell you someone who can. Also search you local city n state and the words “build a ramp for free”. Best wishes.

  • Hello there! I was curious if anyone knew of any places to apply to to get help with planning a vacation? My son is 10 yra old Autistic, hearing loss, processing delay issues, ect; his father is no help ($30,000 + behind in child support) so being a single mom of a special needs child, we bearly get by every month just paying the bills (rent, electric, car insurance, phone, food, gas in car). We never have money left over from the previous month, so saving money is not an option. My son is all into carnival & amusement park rides, he can name almost all the rides by just a pic or short video & his biggest wish is to go to Disneyland, Universal Studios, or Lego Land and ride all the rides.
    I know there are places like “Make a Wish” bit he is not terminally ill (thank God) so they will not help us make his dream come true. If someone knows of any ideas or options to try I would greatly appreciate it!!
    Love, Katie, Mason, & Noah

  • I have a 5 yr old child w disabilities and a 4yr old child w o. I am a single mom trying to finish school. I am curious if there is any assistance to help with watching my children when daycares aren’t open so I can study and get homework done as well as in the evenings or early mornings when I have to be at work. If you have any financial support or know of any groups that could help with that I would appreciate it. My child is on the dd waiver and receives respite but I don’t think it can be used daily at the same time. I’ve been told it’s only for special occasions like going on a date or getting away to get a break every once in awhile.

  • Thank you so much for putting this much information in hands of the handicapped. I work respite for three families and of course they have many contacts so I have been looking for this info for 3 yrs. I will give them all your info .

  • Hello, great resource! Do you have in a PDF or printable format I can share with my OT students?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Molly! I’ve just sent you an e-mail with the PDF file. We truly appreciate your intentions to share this article with your students. Thank you!
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      • You are great! I do wish blogs would all give the print/PDF option. Especially with such fantastic resources as all of yours! Many thanks.

  • Thanks so much for this info! Our daughter had an anoxic brain injury in 2008. We were blessed to have care for her up until this past June. Long story short… Denied Medicaid due to change in salary). We are in need of agencies that provide service to children (she’s 12). The one we did find doesn’t accept our insurance. We live in Orlando and just need to know where to turn for help. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  • My grandson is 7 years old and has ADHD, Hypotonia, Autism and ODD. He was approved for an autism assistance dog, but we can not afford the $15,900. Do you know of any agency that would be willing to help us?

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