How to Get Assistance Through the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship
Therapies and Resources for Children with Autism & Families
Peak Potential Therapy is always looking for ways to help your child receive the most assistance they can qualify for to continue their progress and growth. The Jon Peterson Special Needs (JPSN) Scholarship Program is an exciting opportunity for your child to receive financial help to pay for the services that are listed in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Thanks to the passage of House Bill 49, there are no deadlines for applications, and you can apply year- round. Students can receive up to $27,000 in aid, but to receive the full benefit, they must be enrolled for the entire year. The funds awarded start with the fiscal year on July 1, however with the passing of the bill, families can apply anytime, and the amount will be prorated.
Any student who has been identified as a child with a disability and for whom the district has created an IEP can qualify for the JPSN scholarship program. Kids with any disability—from a basic articulation disorder to those with multiple handicaps—can access funds through the JPSN. Funding is appropriated on a sliding scale based on the educational diagnosis listed on the ETR. The student must also have a current IEP from the district of residence that is finalized, and all parties, including the parent, must agree with the IEP and sign it. However, if there is a behavior or skill not addressed in the IEP, but it can be justified, the IEP can be modified without repercussion from the school district.
This scholarship is unique in that all students, from those eligible to enter kindergarten to those in their senior year of high school, are eligible to participate in the program if they meet all other program requirements.
There are many organizations throughout our area that are eligible providers for the scholarship program’s approval, and we are proud to say that Peak Potential Therapy is one of them. For a full list of eligible providers, visit The Ohio Department of Education website and type in your location information.
If you have any questions or need help with your application, contact our team at Peak Potential Therapy. We’d be more than happy to assist you in getting your family the help you need!