Grant Money Opportunities

Happy New Year!  Now, that 2018 has begun now is a great time to start researching and applying for grants for your child with autism or other diagnosis.   We want more money, more services and better care for our children with autism in 2018! I have researched the following grants and foundations.  Some I did … Continue reading Grant Money Opportunities

Sensitive Santa for the win!

We had a great experience at Sensitive Santa at Westshore Mall last weekend.  We've not always had the best experience and outcome with visiting Santa but were very happy with this years opportunity.  Last year we tried three different times all paid opportunities to get a family picture and picture with Santa.  All three times, … Continue reading Sensitive Santa for the win!

Sensory Friendly Review of the Georgia Aquarium

We traveled and visited family in Georgia for Thanksgiving.  We heard how amazing the Aquarium was and wanted to take our kids.  I just thought about how much my daughter would love the sharks and whales.  I didn't think, stress or worry about my son with autism and how he may or may not enjoy … Continue reading Sensory Friendly Review of the Georgia Aquarium

Access to Early Education

In a recent Sunday paper from the Tampa Bay Times, I came across an article titled "By age 3, rich kids attend school; poor kids stay with grandparent".  I only saw the article because I was looking at the picture of the dinosaur bones on that page because my daughter was so excited about Dinosaur … Continue reading Access to Early Education

Getting Approval… Medical Grant for Autism Services

  I wanted to come back to this post about our Medical Grant from United Healthcare Children's Foundation.  I started the grant search process almost a year ago.  We applied and were approved in September of 2016 and had a year to spend the $2,000. We didn't need long to spend the money but it … Continue reading Getting Approval… Medical Grant for Autism Services

File Intent for the McKay Scholarship

The deadline to file for intent to use the McKay Scholarship is July 3, 2017 for the 2017-2018 100% award amount.  Parents have to file for intent by July but the paperwork for admission and enrollment at their private school by August 2nd. Just because you file intent does not mean that you have to … Continue reading File Intent for the McKay Scholarship

The Investment in Autism Treatment

I have read articles from other autism parents that describe the cost of care for their child.  Some parents even joke that their child with autism is their million dollar child.  That got me thinking about my own finances and my own child.  I have for years maxed out our health insurance on doctors appointments … Continue reading The Investment in Autism Treatment

Summer Problems for Special Needs Children

SUMMER IS HERE! School ends this week, Thursday for those of us in Florida (Pinellas County).  Thursday is an early release day.  Why does the school district do this to us?!  Why are you even taking them?  8:30-11:30 that is not helping us working parents, now you have added more scheduling, after school transportation and … Continue reading Summer Problems for Special Needs Children

Why do you get help…

...and my more medically complicated child gets none?! Over the last week or so, the questions and concerns have been made regarding assistance for children with autism that have complex medical needs.  Why are some families qualifying and others not?  What is the missing piece? The information that started the discussion was about Medicaid.  Our … Continue reading Why do you get help…