Financial Aid

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YouCaring - YouCaring is a free fundraising website created for individuals wanting to raise funds for medical expenses, memorials and funerals, tuition assistance, adoption fundraising, funding for mission trips and helping another in need. It provides a simple and organized way to implement your fundraiser ideas and help achieve, or exceed your fundraising goals.

Benefits For Children With Disabilities - This booklet is for the parents, caregivers or representatives of children younger than age 18 who have disabilities that might make them eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.

Child Disability Starter Kit - Contains a fact sheet and Q&A section, check list of documents and information you'll need for the disability interview, and a worksheet that can help you to prepare for the disability interview or complete the Child Disability Report on the Internet. It lists the information that we will ask you about your child and provides space to write down this information.

Listing of Impairments - Childhood - The following sections provide medical criteria for the evaluation of impairments of children under age 18 (where criteria in Part A - Adult listings do not give appropriate consideration to the particular disease process in childhood).

Child Disability Report - You can complete the Child Disability Report online but you must contact SSA to complete the SSI application. The SSI application can't be completed online. You can apply in person or over the phone, or get more information about SSI and this application process.

Applying in Person or Over the Phone - You can contact SSA at: 1-800-772-1213 or If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call our toll-free "TTY" number, 1-800-325-0778.
If you have a working printer, you may print a paper Disability Report - Child from the Internet. This form is in Portable Document Format (PDF) and requires Adobe Reader to open and print it.

Medicaid & CHIP Program Information - You and your family may qualify for free or low-cost health insurance coverage through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).


UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation - The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. This "support" is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans.

Andrew and Abby Szott Foundation - The Andrew and Abby Szott Foundation is a United States nonprofit organization that provides financial and moral support to families with a child with life-threatening cancer.

ABLEDATA Informed Consumer's Guide to Funding Assistive Technology - This Informed Consumer Guide discusses a broad range of potential sources of funding and funding information for assistive technology and provides lists of specific organizations and programs from which funding and funding information are available. The guide also discusses other sources of information on funding issues and organizations that assist people to find the funds that they need.

The Assistance Fund - Co-pays. Deductibles. Insurance Premiums. Call them what you will, they often stand between access to greatly needed medications and the patients who desperately need them. And although a disease may be chronic, the inability to access life-giving medications should not be. The Assistance Fund provides financial support to patients who are critically or chronically ill in order for them to receive their life-saving, high-cost medications.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation - (MEAF) is the corporate foundation of the Mitsubishi Electric group companies in the United States. MEAF works to make Changes for the Better in society by investing in innovative strategies to empower youth with disabilities to lead productive lives.

First Hand Foundation - First Hand strives to change children's lives around the world, one child at a time. We do this by providing funding for clinical necessities (such as medication, therapy and surgery), medical equipment and travel related to a child's care.

Scholarships for childhood cancer survivors - College scholarships for childhood cancer survivors.

Little City's Center for Family & Community-Based Services Aims to preserve families and strengthen relationships as well as provide goal-oriented, person-centered services in a community setting with in-home supports to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families.

Financial Aid Resource Page

Financial aid comes in many forms. Cash assistance, SSDI, SSI, grants, as well as, financial savings on utilities, groceries, tuition, etc; will help you support your special needs child.

The Chanda Plan Foundation - Provides financial assistance to access integrative therapies for persons with physical disabilities that are otherwise unable to access due to limited financial resources.

Grants for Autistic Children - Foundations and groups that help children with autism.

Benefits Checkup - Answer some questions to find benefit programs that can help you pay for medications, health care, food, utilities and more. All from a reliable and trusted source.

Women, Infants and Children (food aid) - WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - We put healthy food on the table for more than 46 million people each month.

Friends of Man Charity - At Friends of Man, every dollar contributed by donors goes directly to aid individuals and families in need of assistance. Friends of Man was founded to provide donors with the opportunity to have 100% of their gift used for charitable purposes.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program - The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program established in 1981 and funded annually by Congress. These federal dollars are released directly to states, territories, tribes and the District of Columbia who use the funds to provide energy assistance to low-income households. LIHEAP offers financial assistance to qualifying low-income households to help them pay their home heating or cooling bills.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - The Office of Family Assistance administers the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. TANF provides assistance and work opportunities to needy families by granting States the Federal funds and wide flexibility to develop and implement their own welfare programs.

Caring Voice Coalition - Caring Voice Coalition empowers patients who live with a life threatening chronic disease through comprehensive outreach programs and services aimed at financial, emotional and educational support.

National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) - The mission of NAUPA is to promote and support excellence and professionalism among those individuals charged with the responsibilities of unclaimed property administration and compliance.

Catholic Charities - The mission of Catholic Charities agencies is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.

Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation - When no other resources are available, social workers at our affiliated children's hospitals send us urgent requests on behalf of single parent families in financial crisis. We respond immediately and without additional paperwork, because their social workers have already verified their need.

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund - The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund advocates for families with seriously ill, physically and cognitively challenged, or severely injured children nationwide through information and education. Financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance is provided to families whose children are living in or cared for in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware.

RESNA - The RESNA Catalyst Project is funded to provide assistance to the AT Act Grantees to assist them in increasing awareness, access, acquisition and advocacy to assistive technology (AT) devices and services for consumers with disabilities of all ages.

FinAid - Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities. On this page, you'll find information about scholarships and fellowships for students with disabilities. Be sure to browse the rest of the site also, since some of the more general listings and scholarship databases may contain information relevant to students with disabilities.

Mays Mission - Mays Mission offers scholarships to deserving individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities. Our current program supports 7 college students.

Weatherization Assistance Program - The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

Federal Student Aid - In certain situations, you can have your federal student loan forgiven, canceled, or discharged. Find out whether you qualify due to your job, disability, the closure of your school, or other circumstances.

Modest Needs - At Modest Needs, we work to promote the self-sufficiency of the 'working poor' - the hard-working but low-income individuals and families that conventional philanthropy has otherwise forgotten. We have elected to undertake this mission because we recognize that a significant gap exists in the social service 'safety nets' of developed nations like the United States and Canada.

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