The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) provides funding through two Autism Funding Programs:
(1) Autism Funding – under 6 years of age: This program provides families with up to $22,000 per year, per child, to assist in purchasing eligible autism intervention services and therapies.
(2) Autism Funding – ages 6-18: This program provides families up to $6,000 per year, per child, to assist them with the cost of purchasing eligible autism intervention services and therapies outside of school. This funding is in addition to the educational program and special education services provided through school boards.
For more information, visit: https://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/autism/funding_programs.htm
At Home Program: Medical Benefits (AHP)
The At Home Program (AHP) assists families with some of the disability-related costs of caring for a child with a disability at home. Children may be eligible for full program benefits or for a choice of respite or medical benefits.
The At Home Program provides assistance to families in two main areas:
1) Respite Benefits (age 18 or younger): allows parents to choose appropriate care options; and
2) Medical Benefits (age 17 or younger): provides a range of medical equipment, supplies and intervention services.
For more information, visit: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/at_home/
Many extended health care plans will pay for services such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, and visits to registered psychologists. Check the details of your health care plan to see if this could be an option for your family.
Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC
Variety offers grants to children with special needs across B.C. who meet the following criteria:
- Children and youth aged from 0-19 years,
- B.C. or Yukon resident for a minimum of three months with a valid Health Care Card,
- Qualified special need (medical/developmental) as recognized by a designated professional,
- Financial circumstance that limits the ability to afford the item or service required,
- Total net household income of up to $65,000 per year.
More information and eligibility information is available at: http://www.variety.bc.ca/apply-for-a-grant/individuals/
President’s Choice Children’s Charity
President’s Choice offers financial assistance for families whose children have been diagnosed with a disability or developmental delay, including cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida.
To be considered for assistance, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Child age 18 years 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.
More information and eligibility information is available at: http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/community/pccc/apply-for-funding.html
CKNW Orphan’s Fund
The CKNW Orphans’ Fund provides assistance for children with special needs and their families in B.C. Grants through this program can help to cover expenses related to specialized therapies, medical equipment, summer camps and education needs.
- Children whose needs/circumstances have been assessed and recognized by a medical/health/social/educational professional and for whom an application is supported by a brief statement indicating the problem/condition and recommendations,
- Children who don’t qualify for existing services provided by government-sponsored funding, or are on an extensive waiting list, have exhausted other sources of financial assistance, or who do not meet all of the government criteria,
Children who are financially at risk. This definition does not exclude those children who have medical/social/educational impacts brought about by poverty. Gross household income is used to consider all requests for financial assistance.
More information and eligibility information is available at: https://www.cknworphansfund.com/apply-for-a-grant/