We recognize that there are many financial challenges related to caring for a child or adult with special needs. In an effort to help with those challenges, below you will find resources that could assist with your purchase of sensory products. We encourage you to visit the various websites and read all the information provided by these organizations. Please note that these links and resources are provided for your convenience and are strictly for informational purposes. We do not endorse or recommend any of these organizations, we do not have any specific affiliation with any of these organizations, and we cannot and do not guarantee any award of funds.
Who Pays For What Nationally - This document provided by the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix (https://phxautism.org/ ) provides a broad overview of insurance and special programs available within the United States. Specifically of interest for purposes of purchasing sensory toys, this document discusses various entities that pay for supportive services or equipment. Sensory equipment is listed under "Therapy Equipment." Who Pays For What Downloadable PDF.
Kids' Waivers - This list contains all of the Medicaid waivers and other programs, regardless of type, available for children in the United States. The list can display up to 100 programs and can be sorted by state, program type, ages served, level of care, population served, and income waiver. Click on the state name to access detailed information about that state and its programs. Kids' Waivers, Full List HERE.
ACT Today! Autism Care Today is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families. ACT Today seeks to facilitate early and on-going treatment by providing the necessary resources (including referrals, funding and guidance) to individuals with autism and their families. Often, a 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. For more information, please visit https://www.act-today.org/.
Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. For more information, https://www.autismspeaks.org/.
Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation - The Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation (CDHAF) is dedicated to enriching the lives, health, and social well-being of people with cognitive, emotional, and physical challenges through the use of our Multi Sensory Environments™ (MSE). CDHAF focuses on the design, development, implementation and education of their Multi Sensory Environments™ with the aim to enable productivity, inclusion, independence, and self-determination. https://www.cdhaf.org/.
Division of Specialized Care for Children offers care coordination and cost-supported diagnosis and treatment for children with chronic health impairments determined eligible for program support. For more information, please visit https://dscc.uic.edu/.
The Dream Factory is the only 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. For more information, please visit http://dreamfactoryinc.org/.
Different Needz Foundation offers special needs families a one-stop shop to buy and sell their gently used medical and special needs equipment and adaptive toys. They also have a grant available to purchase such items as well. For more information, please visit http://www.differentneedzfoundation.org/.
Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals. For more information please visit http://www.easterseals.com/.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America is a fraternal order with nearly a million members and a 141-year history, a network of more than 2000 lodges in communities all over the country, a generous charitable foundation that each year gives millions in scholarships, and more. The Elks have numerous benevolent programs. For more information, please visit https://www.elks.org/.
Cerner Charitable Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Formerly First Hand Charitable Foundation, CCF has assisted more than 93,000 children in 73 countries around the world. For more information, please visit https://www.cernercharitablefoundation.org/
Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is a great resource to search for the foundations most likely to give you grants and manage your prospects through to funding. For more information, please visit https://fdo.foundationcenter.org/.
Fund It Forward is a volunteer run non-profit organization organized to assist parents of children with special needs. Fund It Forward recognizes the struggles these families face and is committed to providing assistance when possible. FIF helps them obtain expensive medical and adaptive equipment such as augmentative communication devices, bathing and feeding chairs, enclosed beds or sensory equipment. For more information please go to https://www.funditfwd.org/.
Friends of Man is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides grants for therapy, equipment and other needs. A referring professional (caseworker, case manager, healthcare worker, social worker, etc.) must apply on your behalf. For more information, please visit http://www.friendsofman.org/.
The Giving Angels Foundation enhances the daily functioning of a child with special needs and his or her family by awarding assistance through the purchase of a specific item or items. For more information, please visit https://givingangelsfoundation.org/.
Helping From Heaven - HFH is a non-profit foundation dedicated to improving the comfort and quality of life for children with special needs by providing education, therapy and playground equipment, therapy toys, resources and scholarships for families and therapists in need of financial assistance and/or community support. For more, please visit http://www.helpingfromheaven.org/.
Kids Wish Network started out with the single purpose of granting wishes to children suffering with life-threatening conditions and has since created numerous programs benefiting kids with various difficult circumstances nationwide. For more, https://www.kidswishnetwork.org/.
Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. Kiwanis helps kids around the world. Local clubs look out for our communities and the international organization takes on large-scale challenges, Kiwanis has a demonstrated passion about making a difference in the lives of children. For more information, please visit https://www.kiwanis.org/.
Reagan's Journey is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with special needs in order to help them reach their full potential. For more information, please visit http://www.reagansjourney.org/.
Rest Haven Children's Help Fund is a California 501 c (3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to addressing the health needs of 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 are also provided to assist health care development and to purchase needed services. For more information, please visit https://resthavenchf.org/.
Scott Rose Foundation provides support only to disabled, disadvantaged young residents of southeastern KY. To contact this foundation, please call (606) 862-4221.
SKIP of New York provides support for chronically ill and developmentally disabled children. Each child is partnered with a service coordinator and a supervisor. Service coordinators are involved with educational systems, medical emergencies, appeals processes, anything and everything that touches a family’s life. For more information, please visit http://skipofny.org/.
The Special Kids Therapy scholarship focuses on therapies or activities that are not funded by public or private insurance, other charities or government agencies. For more information, please visit http://specialkidstherapy.org/.
Sunshine Foundation's sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children, ages three to eighteen. For more information, please visit https://www.sunshinefoundation.org/.
U.S. Department of Education and Department of Special Education offer OSEP Grant Opportunities and Funding. Information on grant opportunities and funding from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more information, please visit https://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/index.htm.
The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation (formerly Robert B. Wegman Charitable Foundation), is dedicated to providing support, services and assistance for children and families in need. For more information, please visit https://www.wegmans.com/about-us/making-a-difference.html.
WHAS Crusade for Children, established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to make life better for children with special needs. For more information, please visit https://whascrusade.org/
Wheel to Walk Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children age 21 and younger with special needs, and is focused on children who experience difficulty obtaining funding from their insurance companies. If you need financial assistance with anything from leg braces, bath chairs, gait trainers to therapy tricycles and wheelchairs, please visit http://www.wheeltowalk.com/.
Zane’s Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to providing financial support to families of special needs children through funds designated for respite care, therapies, or other assistive equipment. Zane’s Foundation will help families attain some of those unique things that the special needs child should have to allow for a more productive life. For more, please visit https://zanesinc.org/mission/.