Grant Sources for Families

Small Steps in Speech assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatments. Our goal is to give children the chance to better express themselves in the world in which we live. Contact: 888-577-3256. Applications accepted year-round.

National Autism Association wants to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. We encourage families to help their loved ones reach their full potential, by funding efforts with the Helping Hand Program. The national organization accepts applications in June-July and the local group accepts applications in May, annually. Contact: Andrea Patterson, 216-544-1231.

Autism Cares: Financial Support Award is through Autism Speaks, and will provide financial relief up to $1,000 for individuals with ASD and their families to help cover costs associated with critical living expenses such as housing, utilities, car repair, funeral expenses, and other essential items on a case-by-case basis. Applications accepted year-round. [Please note: Grants are available for families in PA only.]

Technology Grant Program via Autism Speaks has a generous donation from CDW, a leading provider of technology products and services, will select 15 individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to receive an Apple iPad. Application due in March.  Contact: 888-288-4762.

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child. This “support” is in the form of a grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans. Applications accepted year-round.

Talk About Curing Autism provides information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. [Please note: Grants are available for families in PA only.]

Applications for the Family Scholarship Program are accepted year-round. Contact: Moira Giammatteo, 949-640-4401 ext. 107. 

Zane’s Foundation aims to provide financial support to families of special needs children through funds designated for respite care, therapies, or other assistive equipment. Applications accepted quarterly.

Contact: 330-922-5855.

Different Needz Foundation: Its primary mission, inspired by personal experience is to provide special needs individuals, families and organization that support them with money to purchase medical equipment, therapy devices, adaptive toys and/or services. Contact: 216-904-5151.

Peak Potential Therapy also utilizes other funding sources:

  • Family Support Service Funds through county boards of developmental disabilities
  • Family and Children’s First Council Funds through county boards of developmental disabilities and Jobs &Family Services
  • PASSS for children who are adopted with special needs
  • Care Credit financing plan
  • Autism Scholarship and Jon Peterson Special Needs approved provider
  • Help Me Grow/EISOP approved provider, only for kids under 3 years of age
  • Insurance companies such as Summa Care, Aetna/RPN, Anthem/BCBS, Humana Military(TriCare), Medical Mutual, Cigna, United Health Care (coming soon)
  • Online schools such as ECOT, BOSS, and others

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Conover Mobile Technology Grant Seeks to promote the use of mobile technology and our apps to improve an individual’s freedom and independence.  The grants are currently targeted to the use of iPod and iPad devices.

Andrew’s Gift: Mission is to empower individuals and families by providing awareness, assistance, and financial support to optimize the potential of all individuals with autism within their home, educational programs, and community settings. [Please note: Grants are available for families in PA only.]

ACT Today!’s mission is to increase access to effective autism treatments. Our goal is to help facilitate treatment by providing necessary resources including funding, information & referrals to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders & their families. Applications are accepted quarterly. Contact: 818-705-1625.

Generation Rescue: Rescue Family Grants provide autism treatment support for first-time use of biomedical approaches with a DAN doctor for individuals affected by autism. Applications accepted year-round. Contact: 877-98AUTISM / 877-982-8847

Mitchell A. Callahan Autism Foundation: Funds for families located in Ohio with for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Applications accepted year-round.


Fund it Forward: Mission is to ease the burdens of families with special needs children by raising money for adaptive equipment. Types of equipment included augmented communication devices, bath and feeding chairs, wheelchairs, sensory equipment, etc. Contact: (330) 388-3829 or Email:

Aid for Autistic Children Foundation, Inc: Mission is to reduce the financial burden on poverty-stricken and disenfranchised families and caretakers coping with autism, through debt forgiveness.

iTaalk Autism Foundation: Provides interactive technology to children (0-22) with an ASD, and educational training on interactive technology to families, educators, and service providers of children with special needs.

Beyond Words Foundation: Funding for kids (0-22 years old) with Autism for research-based therapy and recreational services. Awards scholarships 3 times through the year.

Orange Effect Foundation: Empowering individuals (0-20 years) with speech disorders to communicate through therapy, education & technology resources. Accepts applications quarterly!!!

Summer Programming Scholarships: The mission of Individuals Dedicated to Educational Advocacy (IDEA) is to support students with special education needs by providing scholarships for summer programming. Contact: (216) 371-9874

Jewish Education Center of Cleveland: Provides up to two years of grants for Jewish children with special needs. Contact: (216) 371-0446

Rec2Connect Foundation: This organization provides scholarship opportunities for individuals with special needs to attend Recreation Therapy-based services. Contact: (330) 703-9001

The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio: This organization provides financial assistance that directly improves the life of an individual with Down Syndrome, and can assist with non-medical or medical expenses.

Our Military Kids: Supports children, ages 5 years through 12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay for participation in activities to help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent.

Easter Seals Northern Ohio Services
Summer Camp/ Camperships

  • Camps in Alliance, Ashtabula, & Bellevue
  • Camp Scholarships

Contact: (888) 325-8532

Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship

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). Year-round applications are accepted. 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 House Bill 49, families can apply any time and the amount will be prorated.

More info can be found here.

SELF Waiver

Families can access funds under Client Directed Goods and Services category for our programming where we take kids into the community, even though Peak Potential Therapy is not a Medicaid approved provider.

Autism Scholarship Program

For individuals ages 3 to 22 who are not attending public school, have an IEP, and disability category on the ETR indicates Autism, you are “guaranteed” to receive the $27,000/year. The fiscal year starts July 1. Individuals can apply any time, but amount will be prorated.

Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities

The Midwest Council for Children with Disabilities was founded in 1997 by a group of small business owners to provide financial assistance to children challenged physically, developmentally or cognitively. MCCD provides families of these children the means to pursue medical treatments and therapies that are not covered by health insurance.

More info can be found here.

Varghese Summersett PLLC Annual Scholarships

Varghese Summersett offers numerous scholarship opportunities for youth with special needs under the age of 15.

More info can be found here.

FARE-Cle Scholarship

FARE-Cle, an Uber-like service for individuals with intellectual and developmental challenges, is accepting applications for scholarships. The awarded scholarships will subsidize rides for up to one year.

More info can be found here.

The Arc of Ohio

The Arc of Ohio provides competitive pricing on AAC devices and Assistive and Adaptive Technology through the Individual Options (IO), Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF), and Level 1 Waivers.

More information can be found here.