Funding, Resources, Grants & Programs For Special Needs
Funding & Program suggestions for Special Needs USA, Canada, UK & Australia


Easterseals provides opportunities for people of all ages with a range of disabilities to achieve their full potential. Together, we’re changing the way the world defines and views disability.

With a network nationwide, we’re proud to serve approximately 1.5 million people with disabilities and their families. From therapy and early intervention services, to camps and employment placement, we help children and adults with disabilities, caregivers, veterans and seniors be at their best as they live, learn, work and play.

Kiwanis helps kids around the world. Local clubs look out for our communities and the international organization takes on large-scale challenges, such as fighting disease and poverty. We are generous with our time. We are creative with our ideas. We are passionate about making a difference. And we have fun along the way.

For more than a century, Kiwanis has created opportunities for children to be curious, safe and healthy regardless of the community in which they live. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things can happen.

SNAP works with families and children to determine the equipment, resources, or services that would best promote child and family independence and quality of life.

What kind of Equipment?
SNAP is interested in finding ways to supply homes with equipment that increases a child's ability to gain mobility, communicate, and improve education.

What kind of resources?
SNAP can help your family learn about the disability that affects your child and recom mend methods that affect behavior and promote independence.

What kind of services?
SNAP will be a mentor to families by identifying financial assistance, grants, and pro grams designed to meet your circumstances.

DFRC enriches the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES.

The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is the non-profit organization designated as the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended.  IATP’s lead agency is the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services.

IATP’s mission is to increase access to and the acquisition of Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services for individuals of all ages with disabilities.  IATP provides AT information and services in the areas of education, employment, community living, and IT/telecommunications.  Our goal is to improve the quality of life of all Illinoisans with disabilities and enable them through greater access to assistive technology devices to fully participate in all aspects of life.  We believe disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes a person’s right to: 

  • enjoy full inclusion and integration in mainstream society;
  • benefit from an education;
  • pursue meaningful careers and;
  • enjoy self-determination and make choices.

In 2012, Reagan’s Journey became a not-for-profit corporation whose sole purpose is to assist families of with children who have special needs to obtain therapies, equipment and support that their traditional health insurance will not pay for. From expensive medical equipment to traveling assistance, we strive to support these families during their time of need.

Robbie Foundation is bridging the gap for children with developmental disabilities by funding adaptive equipment, assistive technology and therapy treatment not covered by insurances.

The Children with Special Needs Fund provides support for children in Michigan with special health care needs not available through any other funding source. The Fund helps with the purchase of equipment and services that promote optimal health, mobility, and development, enhancing the lives of children and their families.

The Peyte Foundation is a 501(C)3 non profit organization, whose main focus is to assist families of children with exceptionalities, who do not have the financial ability or insurance coverage to purchase adaptive equipment, We assist these families in finding additional service needed for their child through partnered opportunity.  At the Peyte Foundation we take a team approach at getting our families the equipment they need in a timely manner, as well as taking the time to connect them with services that are a "right fit" for their child and family.

Thumbuddy Special's mission is that all children have the right to live to their maximum ability. We purchase adaptive equipment such as adaptive bikes, wheelchairs, strollers, computers and ramps. We also sponsor Special Recreation programs.

Angel Flight Oklahoma was created by a group of pilots who believe in the benefit of volunteering. We strive to keep all aspects of the organization volunteer. We are a non-profit charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends that are proud to serve the heartland area of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas. We will arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. This service is available to individuals and to health care organizations. We will also arrange transportation of those people who are financially distressed, or who are in a time-critical, non-emergency situation due to their medical condition.

Financial Assistance to persons with Down syndrome

Mark’s Money is a non-profit organization started by the Coonrod family in August 2006 to provide financial assistance to people with Down syndrome to help improve their quality of life. 

Financial assistance will be awarded to help meet their daily living, educational, employment, medical, residential or social needs.

The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation's charter and mission is dedicated to funding in-hospital life saving medical treatment and surgeries for those who do not have medical insurance, and for which no other financial resources are available.
Ben’s Blankets is a nonprofit that shares at-cost and free weighted blankets with children who have disabilities.

Provide needed medical equipment and supplies to families of children with special needs and who are medically dependent.

Sunshine Foundation’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child’s illness may cause.
The Maggie Welby Foundation is a charity that assists children to be able to experience as much of life as Maggie Welby did.  Her family and friends created this memorial fund so that her memory would continue to make an impact in the lives of children, as Maggie has made such an impact on all of us.

GoodLife Kids Foundation is currently only accepting requests for funding for ongoing physical activity programs for children with special needs - primarily physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

What Friends of Man Does

Friends of Man helps people of all ages with a large variety of needs:

  • Mobility Equipment: (prostheses, wheelchairs, van lifts, and modifications, ramps, home modifications)
  • Medical Equipment and Procedures
  • Hearing Aids, Dentures,Glasses
  • Basic Needs: Clothing for Children, Food
  • Short-term Daycare, Prescriptions, Cobra/Health Insurance
  • And More!!

The Help A Little One Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children with neurological disease by providing tangible items and supporting programs which increase physical comfort, facilitate social interaction, and build acceptance in the greater community. Additionally HALO endeavours to assist and support the caregivers of these children.

The goal of Holton's Heroes is to serve the community by connecting children who have suffered a life-threatening, post-birth brain injury with therapeutic tools and devices, enriching activities, educational information and resources for them and their loved ones.

FOCUS + Fragile Kids is here to help children who are medically fragile or have significant developmental and/or physical disabilities. We comfort with hospital visits and support groups, offer hope by information and education, provide fun activities for parents and kids and help to make equipment available to children in need.

Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. Kosair Charities supports over 100 pediatric agencies in our community with funding for research, clinical services, health education and care every year.
If you know a child living in Kentucky or Southern Indiana who needs our assistance with medical service referrals and financial support, please contact Meagan Meredith,, Manager of Accounting and Operations at (888) 454-3752.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Autism Response Team

The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families, and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.

Kulturecity is a non profit that give children with Autism toys from AUcross America. A program called LifeBOKS which is a FREE kit for children with Autism that wander.
Kulturecity also have a program to provide children with Autism tablets for not only entertainment and learning but to give children a voice.

Children’s Wish Foundation International is a non-profit wish granting organization founded on the premise that seriously ill children regardless of race, color creed, religion, or economic status, are not able to experience a normal, carefree childhood.

For these unfortunate children, Children’s Wish Foundation International provides an experience of a lifetime in the form of a favorite wish.

Children’s Wish Foundation will fulfill the favorite wish for any child having a limited life expectancy with medical-science as we know it today. Each wish will be complete while the child is healthy enough to fully enjoy it. The immediate family is included in the wish fulfillment so that the child and family can share in the experience and create happy memories together.

Children’s Wish Foundation International is committed to making a child’s wish come true and will ensure that every project, event and contribution will be directly connected with our mission.

If a grant is approved by the Regional Board of Directors for a child, the grant will help pay for approved medical services/items after the family's commercial health insurance plan submits payment, if any. Grant funds are not paid to the family or the child outright. Grant families must work with the Foundation on submitting invoices/bills for approved medical services/items after their commercial health insurance plan submits initial payment (if any) to the health care provider (see graphic to the right). Grants for kids 16 years old or younger for services health insurance does not cover. Minneapolis, MN

McLindon Family Foundation provides adaptive bicycles for children with special needs. 
In 2008, the McLindon family donated our first adaptive bike to a young boy with hydrocephalus, who desperately wanted a bike of his own - just like every child.
Since then, we have rallied a network of extended family, great friends, dedicated therapists, compassionate donors and people just like you to give away over 200 bikes in twenty-seven states.

The Arya Foundation serves to provide financial aid for the purchase of medical supplies and equipment for children with the medical condition.

The Arya Foundation believes that the medical supplies and adaptive equipment are lifeline for children with special needs and necessary to support their health and learning.

First Hand is dedicated to impacting the health of children, their families and communities through reactive and preventative initiatives. To fulfill that mission, we provide funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. We also create and support programs that identify issues before they become critical and that empower people to take charge of their health.

The Lindsay Foundation is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to assist families with resources necessary to provide medical treatment, therapies and rehabilitative equipment in order to improve the quality of life for their special needs children.

Stepping Stones for Stella is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Buggies to children with disabilities to ensure they and their families experience the joy and freedom of the great outdoors to its fullest.

Therapy Equipment Available Lexi's Closet provides an opportunity for a "test drive" of a special piece of equipment before making a commitment to purchase it.
Lexi's Closet provides a variety of therapy equipment for children with special needs. When families seek equipment for their child with special needs, they are confused by options, brands, styles of apparatus and equipment available. Our closet gives families a chance to try out what is needed before an expensive, non-refundable purchase is made.

Please browse through the inventory of items available for trial. Items that are currently placed with families are not shown in this list. If you do not see something that you need, please contact us and we will help you locate the item.

Danny Did Foundation provides seizure & epilepsy devices to children that need them.

The Kiley project is going to work very hard to send out as many weighted blankets and compression bed sheets to children with special needs as we can. We understand that many children need a weighted blanket/sheet so please have patience with us while we fill orders. Please make sure you fill out the form accurately so we are able to contact you. If you are requesting blankets/sheets for more than one child please fill out one form per child. Your information submitted will be kept confidential.

“Our mission is to provide the tools for a therapeutic and fun experience to children with physical and developmental needs.”

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project’s Quality of Life support programs for children with disabilities have been designed around one very simple value: to make the parents’ job of caring for their own special-needs child in the family home just a little bit easier.

In addition to providing guidance, resources and gently used disability equipment free of charge to these families, the organization has recently created a new therapeutic/recreational option for families in Brevard and surrounding counties that focuses directly on the sensory functions of their child with special health care needs – designed just for children with physical disabilities and/or sensory processing disorders.

First Steps is Missouri's Early Intervention system that provides services to families with children, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or developmental delays. The program is designed to meet the needs of families related to enhancing their child's development, learning, and participation in family and community life.

Small Steps in Speech is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization which provides grants on behalf of children with speech and language disorders for therapies, treatments, communicative devices, and other services aimed at improving their communication skills.

A grant from Small Steps in Speech provides financial support to families seeking speech and language services for their children, either not covered or not fully covered by their health care plan.

Our name may be Wheelchairs 4 Kids, but we do so much more.  We have provided custom wheelchairs, widened doors, built ramps and provided wheelchair lifts and carriers for vehicles.  We have given children standers and gait trainers and even installed a stairlift allowing a child to reach the second level of their home.  Everyone at Wheelchairs 4 Kids is working hard to address this much neglected need.  Thank you for being part of the solution.
The mission of the Foundation is to assist special needs children with a physical disability or illness aged 21 or younger throughout the United States. The Foundation awards grants to lower income families to enhance the everyday life of the child. Funds are awarded on a case by case basis. Families who wish to receive assistance must complete an application and demonstrate financial need. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Grants are only to be awarded once per child (for clarification, families who have multiple children who qualify are eligible to be awarded once per child).

Since 2003, BB4K has assisted more than 650 children with a variety of needs including therapy, therapy equipment, hearing aids, communication devices, home modifications, vans with wheelchair lifts, special beds, displacement costs when needing to see a specialist in another city, adaptive bikes, adaptive strollers, seizure dogs, and so much more!

To support the identification and eventual prevention of rare, genetic disorders, and to provide financial assistance to families coping with the many complications of these disorders.

"The Humanitarian Foundation believes that children with special needs should live life as fully and as independently as possible. We are passionately committed to helping alleviate the suffering and improving children's quality of life by providing dental care for those who otherwise might go without, One Smile at a Time."

The Autism Cares Foundation is a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation and a 501C3 charity.
Our offerings provide an environment that enriches the life experiences of   an individual with autism whereby he/she can engage in the type of play and other activities that other people enjoy. Some of our present offerings include: music events, arts & crafts, bowling, bounce events, race events, movie at theaters, weekly physical fitness program, glee club, iPad enrichment programs and much more. The intent at each event is to encourage participation in the type of play and activities that others enjoy while providing this in a safe and secure environment.

ACT Today! stands for Autism Care and Treatment Today! ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential. Our goal is to introduce and help facilitate early and on-going treatment by providing the necessary resources (including referrals, funding and guidance) to individuals with autism and their families. Studies demonstrate that early and intense intervention is important when treating individuals with autism, yet sadly very few of the effective treatments are covered by medical insurance and families are often delegated to piece together a treatment program for their child via multiple funding sources. Often, the child with autism must go without vital interventions due to financial restraints. ACT Today! strives to provide necessary services so that each child with autism can reach his or her highest potential.


Pawsitivity is a nonprofit organization on a mission to rescue dogs and train them as service dogs for people with disabilities.

Fund It Forward is a volunteer run non-profit organization which believes that parents of children with special needs are strong, willing and able to endure daily struggles.
They advocate every day to help their children gain independence. Many things do not come easily for these families; they fight insurance companies to approve equipment, pay expensive medical bills, and sometimes even battle with medical professionals to get their children the excellent care they deserve.

Because of the constant battles to provide the best quality of life for their children, Fund It Forward believes these families deserve help in addressing their concerns: We help them obtain expensive medical and adaptive equipment such as augmentative communication devices, bathing and feeding chairs, enclosed beds or sensory equipment.
These devices can dramatically aid a family struggling to meet the needs of a disabled child.
Every child deserves the chance to hear and we are here to help! It is our joy to provide hearing devices for children with hearing losses between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially.

Kya’s Krusade identifies and creates programs, services and tools that enable children with physical disabilities to reach their maximum potentials and support their families throughout their special journeys.  We provide support, education and assistance through our website, provision of resource information and Art Therapy and Financial Assistance Programs.  We strive to form a diverse community network and provide opportunities to enable equal access to all available informational, emotional, medical and financial sources of support..

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.

MIRA USA, Inc. is a non-profit corporation established to provide guide dogs for eligible blind children between the ages of 11 and 16, completely free of charge. MIRA is the first organization in the US that provides guide dogs to children under the age of 16. In addition, we provide ongoing seminars for families of blind children with reference to daily living skills, psychology of blindness, and what to emphasize in orientation and mobility training in preparation for a guide dog.

MyGOAL Inc. Enrichment Grant is a grant program that will enable families to take advantage of socialization and educational opportunities designed for individuals with special needs.

Such interactive activities are beneficial for the development of individual(s) with Autism Spectrum Disorders, but often times these programs are not covered privately or by other third-party funding sources such as school districts.

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.

Zane’s Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.  We help children and adults with special needs by educating their families about beneficial resources that will improve their loved one’s  academic achievement.  We also assist with financial support.  Financial support can be designated for things such as:  camps, therapies, respite, assistive or adaptive equipment, communicative devices that help to meet daily challenges.

The mission of the Molly Bear Foundation, named in loving memory of Molly Elizabeth Brown, is to provide supplemental financial support to families raising children with Trisomy 18 and the organizations and professionals that care for them. We strive to promote a caring, compassionate community where families traveling this challenging road can find some comfort and relief in knowing we can help fund some of the care and equipment their insurance may not cover.

All children are special. However, Variety – the Children’s Charity’s purpose is to serve children who are less fortunate – children who live and grow up with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage. These are extra special children who require a special kind of help.
Under three core programs Variety – the Children’s Charity delivers on its promise to provide a future without limits for every child, regardless of their background or ability, and to be the most trusted and effective children’s charity in the world.
Unlike most charitable organizations that focus on a single area problem or issue, Variety focuses on multiple unmet needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs at a local and national level. Our aim is to maximize the real, long-term positive social impact for all children. Variety welcomes the support of any person who shares our ideals and objectives – the profound and long-term life changing benefits your donation and support delivers to a child cannot be overstated.
iPads For Apraxia Project

Granting a wish to a sick child brings hope and laughter into the lives of the entire family.

We take extra steps to support the family during this time of crisis.  Programs for our wish families include:

Dreams Come True

Enhancement Program

Special Response Program

Scholarship Fund

Since 1958, Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation (MDFF) has provided financial assistance, quality programs and services for the Muscular Dystrophy community in Indiana.  We focus on providing adaptive equipment and direct support services to individuals and family members affected by a neuromuscular disease.

Direct support services include  annual social events and other equipment and services that enable those with Muscular Dystrophy to enjoy greater mobility and independence.

The Marty Lyons Foundation (MLF) was established in 1982 to fulfill the special wishes of children, ages three (3) to seventeen (17) years old, who have been diagnosed as having a terminal or life-threatening illness by providing and arranging special wish requests. We are unique in that we will grant a second wish to a deserving child.

The Foundation has 10 Chapters granting wishes in 13 states – Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Incorporated in 1982 as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) organization, MLF has granted over 7,300 wishes and is dedicated to making more dreams come true for our children.

Rest Haven’s Mission is to provide funds for health related services for children in San Diego and Imperial counties when no other funds are available. Funds will also be provided to assist health care development and to purchase needed services. To fulfill this Mission Rest Haven provides one time or short term funding for all health related needs including developmental health, physical health and mental health for children who meet our eligibility requirements. In addition, Rest Haven provides funding in the form of “Grants” or “Special Gifts” to agencies or organizations serving children at risk who have a larger funding need and share our Mission and our Vision.

Shriners Hospitals for Children has a mission to:

  • Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.
  • Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals.
  • Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.

This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.

In 1980, The Dream Factory began with one all-volunteer chapter in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Since then, The Dream Factory has grown into the largest all-volunteer children’s wish-granting organization in the United States, all while maintaining a grassroots approach. The Dream Factory continues to operate all 32 of its local chapters with very dedicated volunteers. These hard-working individuals raise funds within their own communities and then use those funds to grant the dreams of local children. Because we do not employ people on a local level, 90-percent of all money raised by The Dream Factory is used to grant the dreams of critically and chronically ill children. This record of success has been recognized by Charity Navigator when they ranked the Dream Factory as a four-star charity, Their highest rating. Charity Navigator is the largest and most utilized evaluator of charities.

The Dream Factory is the largest children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. We strive to provide hope and relief from the trauma and corresponding stress and depression that both the children and their families can endure on a day-to-day basis. Doctors agree that providing a dream can improve the quality of life for these children and extend the life of a critically ill child.

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

ACTION FOR AUTISM (AFA) recognizes that nearly 1 in every 68 children born today will be diagnosed with autism. In addition to increasing awareness and educating people about autism, we view our mission as one of continually striving to work with individuals, families, and organizations to see that anyone with autism should, to the extent possible, receive therapies, resources, and support to help them attain their highest potential. ACTION FOR AUTISM entered an affiliation agreement with Howard Park Center in 2010, and Howard Park Center now operates under the AFA Academy name.

Camp New Hope is a year around recreational experience for those 8 years old and above with developmental and physical disabilities.

Camp New Hope lies on 41 rolling acres on the shores of Lake Mattoon, which bring campers the excitement of fishing, and pontoon boat rides plus much more. Our shoreline and chapel are serene spots to gather for activities or just to relax.

Our AED-equipped facility includes a three-foot swimming pool, a mini-golf course, easy access asphalt trails, a playground, and the Camp New Hope Train. Cabins are air conditioned and our beautiful respite building features a large basement for activities of all sorts.

Staff to Camper Ratio: Camp New Hope is unable to provide 1:1 camper assistance. The Staff to Camper ratios are: Respite – 2 staff: 7 campers; Summer Daytime – 3 staff: 10 campers; Summer Nighttime – 2 staff: 7 campers.

The Joni and Friends Headquarters is the International Disability Center located in Agoura Hills, CA. As an extension of the headquarters, Joni and Friends has many area ministries (local offices) that operate across the United States. These area ministries help mobilize and equip local congregations to reach out to people affected by disability. Our area ministries serve alongside a network of volunteers and churches in communities nationwide.

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, we provided 89,423 grants or services worth over £36 million to families across the UK.

We believe that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same opportunities as others. Beginning with the most vulnerable, those on low incomes, and considering all conditions against our disability criteria, we aim to make a difference to outcomes for disabled or seriously ill children and young people and the lives of the families raising them across the UK.

We provide grants for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers. It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, and these grants help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures.

Family Fund are the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. They help ease the additional pressures families face. They can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.

They help families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under.
You can apply to the Family Fund if:
  • You live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.
  • You are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under.
  • You have evidence of your entitlement to one the following: Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit*, Employment Support Allowance*, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit. If you do not receive any of the above, further information may be needed to complete your application.  
  • You have permanent legal residency in the UK and have lived in the UK for six months.
*We may need to contact you for further information about your household income.


Autism Speaks, along with Autism Speaks Canada, is the world’s leading autism science organization. Together with Autism Speaks, we have invested over $200 million to scientific research, $9 million in Canada. Since 2010, Autism Speaks Canada has granted over $4 million to service organizations across Canada promoting collaboration, best practices and building capacity to support individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism Speaks Canada is committed to supporting research and services across the country; raising public awareness to encourage inclusion; and collaborating with other organizations to speak alongside the autism community. 

Our Mission: To ensure that each individual with ASD is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society.

Our 6 Key Areas of Focus

  • Advocacy and Support
  • Research
  • Best Practices
  • Government Relations
  • Public Awareness
  • Governance
Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Members are connected through a volunteer network of Chapters throughout the Province of Ontario.

President's Choice Children's Charity receives applications from families whose children have been diagnosed with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and various developmental delays.

To be considered a candidate for assistance, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Child (18 and under)

  • Diagnosed physical or developmental disability

  • Household annual income $70,000 or less

  • Must be a Canadian citizen and/or have permanent resident status in Canada

BC Autism Funding for children under age six: Families can access up to $22,000 per year per child to help pay for eligible autism intervention services and therapies. Parents are required to select professional service providers from the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP).

    Funding for children aged 6-18: Families can access up to $6,000 per year per child to help pay for eligible out-of-school autism intervention services and therapies. Parents are not required to select professional service providers from the (RASP), but it is highly recommended.

    Eligible expenses: The goal of funding is to help families with the cost of purchasing intervention services that will promote their child’s communication, social-emotional, academic and functional life skills development. Only specific services, therapies, training and equipment are eligible for funding. Families may also use up to 20% of their annual funding to purchase eligible equipment, travel or training.

    The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that
    helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the
    amount of income tax they may have to pay. An individual may claim
    the disability amount once they are eligible for the DTC. This amount
    includes a supplement for persons under 18 years of age at the end
    of the year.

    We are a one stop-shop for the special needs community. Specializing in helping families with children who are 0 to 22. There are also specialized services for the siblings and parents of the child directly effected. We pride ourselves on helping the entire family and take a holistic approach.

    There are no other programs similar to what the Jobransa Centre offers in the Moose Jaw area. There is a large service gap for children with special needs, programming, extra professional services, and family networking within the special needs community.

    We give children with special needs a place to fit in within a comfortable, social, and friendly environment.Currently offering counselling, speech therapy, suicide prevention, and Family advocacy – someone to attend meetings, home visits, keeping the whole family on track.

    • Funding
    • At the Jobransa Centre we offer a vast variety of funding from home equipment, modifications, medical expenses, travel for medical appointments, program funding, seeking of additional funding if needed, etc.
    • Life skills
    • Mobility training
    • Individual based life skills, shopping, house hold cleanliness and ability, etc.
    • School placement

    Starlight Children’s Foundation partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world.

    For over 23 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation has been transforming the lives of Canadian children who live with serious illness and their families. What makes us unique is that we are there for the entire journey—from the emergency room to recovery.

    The Sunshine Foundation of Canada makes dreams come true for children living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. 

    Our vision is that every Sunshine child lives their dream.

    The Foundation will assist individuals and institutions that are committed to enriching the lives of children and teenagers whose families have limited financial resources.

    Some examples of situations where the Foundation will give assistance are:

    certain medical or dental procedures (not including standard orthodontics).

    assisting special needs children to attend summer camps and other recreational pursuits.
    providing to other charities, equipment and facilities such as boats, special needs vehicles and playground equipment.

    Muscular Dystrophy Canada supports people affected by muscular dystrophy and related muscle diseases. Together, these rare conditions are referred to as “neuromuscular disorders.”

    Neuromuscular disorders are a group of diseases that weaken the body’s muscles. The causes, symptoms, age of onset, severity and progression vary depending on the exact diagnosis and the individual.

    The Neil Squire Society (new window) is the only national not-for-profit organization in Canada that has for over thirty years empowered Canadians with disabilities through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development, and various employment programs. Through our work, we help our clients remove barriers so that they can live independent lives and become active members of the workplace and our society.

    Enriching the lives of children who have special needs starts here with you. With your help, we can be there for kids all across the province.

    Millions of children suffer from poverty, homelessness, hunger, abuse, neglect, disease and disabilities. Tragically, these children often must live without essential health and education services that would alleviate their distress – and give them hope for the future. That's why the Lions Services for Children Program continues Lions Clubs International's long tradition of helping the world's future generations.

    A Pollack Family Initiative in partnership with Ability Online

    Contributing to life changing experiences in  children and youth with disabilities by helping families acquire necessary equipment/aids

    Ceridian Cares provides grants for food, clothing, footwear, and household items. We provide assistance for medical devices, home adjustments for barrier free living, and recreation programs for individuals and families in need.

    A gift to the Kiwanis Children's Fund helps children in many places, in many ways. For the Kiwanis family, the Children's Fund is a way of reaching children through grants, scholarship programs and Kiwanis youth programs.

    Founded in 2005, the Kin Canada Foundation supports the efforts of Kin clubs across the country in serving their local communities. As the official charitable organization of Kin Canada, the Foundation assists Kin members’ work by providing funding for their local service projects. The Foundation is supported by voluntary contributions from Kinsmen, Kinettes and friends of the Foundation. Numerous Canadian charities also directly benefit from the Foundation's funds.

    For The Love of A Child is a charitable organization helping kids in Durham Region, Ontario, dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs and their families. Having a child with special needs changes a person's life forever.

    The mental, physical, and financial strain can devastate families.

    The goal of this organization is to alleviate some of the financial burden , and make a difference in the life of a child.

    Giving in Action was established in 2006 by Vancouver Foundation, and supports individuals with disabilities and their families. Grants are provided to help individuals fully participate in their home and community as well as achieve financial security.

    We provide financial assistance of up to $3 000 per year, per child to help purchase essential mobility equipment such as wheelchair, walkers, ramps or lifts.
    Jumpstart is more than just about getting kids active. It’s about giving kids from families in financial need the same chance to participate as their neighbours, their classmates and their friends. Whether it’s the chance to try a new sport or to continue with a favourite one, no kid should be left out.   

    As one of Alberta's longest serving charities - our mission is to provide funding to enhance the Independence of children and young adults with disabilities throughout Alberta. We do this by providing funding for specialized equipment.  

    Working with a variety of Partners in Integration throughout the province of Ontario, Reach for the Rainbow provides integrated recreation, respite and outreach opportunities designed to engage the hearts and minds of all individuals. Our programs encourage environments for typical children and individuals to live, play, work and inspire themselves alongside children and youth with disabilities, creating transformative experiences of belonging. What makes Reach for the Rainbow particularly unique is the fact that we started out and remain today an umbrella for all disabilities – both developmental and physical.