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American Speech, Language, Hearing Foundation
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(800) 498-2071
One $2,000 scholarship gives priority to a disabled student and is open to full-time students accepted for graduate study in a communication sciences and disorders program.

AutismCares – Family Support Awards
Marianne Toedtman
(888) AUTISM2
Awards grants of up to $1,500 for families facing crisis such as the death of a family member, forced relocation, or loss of a job. To be considered, complete the online application.

Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814-3067
(301) 657-0881 or (800) 3AUTISM (800-328-8476)
The Eden Services Charles H. Hoens, Jr., Scholars Program-provides a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a qualified individual with autism to be applied toward the completion of an accredited, post-secondary educational or vocational program of study.

The Wendy F. Miller Award, Outstanding Individual with Autism of the Year, gives a scholarship to an individual with autism who has excelled in one or more areas of life experiences or contributions. 

Bridges for Autism Foundation
Marcia Biordi-Brown
P.O. Box 102
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 444-0019
Cook County
Award financial grants semi-annually to individual families so that children with autism spectrum disorders can receive the necessary treatment and support to reach their greatest potential. Grants may pay for therapeutic services such as speech and language services, assistive technology, behavior consulting, ABA, RDI, verbal behavior, occupational therapy and therapeutic intensives. There is no predetermined amount for the grants. The dollar amount given will depend on the type of grant requested.

Celebrate Differences
Rebecca Christiansen
2758B Route 34, Suite 327
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 885-3006
Kendall County
Provides academic scholarships to individuals with disabilities and siblings/peers residing in the state of Illinois. For the purpose of the scholarships, any individual with any disability, defined as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, may apply. For more information.

City University of New York at Brooklyn
2900 Bedford Ave., Room 5315, James Hall
Brooklyn, NY 11210
(718) 951-5601
The Korchin Scholarship Award for disabled/minority students majoring in psychology is an annual award to a student with disabilities or minority student who intends to pursue graduate studies in psychology.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The five Stanley E. Jackson Scholarship Awards and the Infinitec Scholarship Award consist of different awards to enable people with disabilities to gain access to technologies which advance independence. They will be applied toward full-time post-secondary education and training.

The ELA Foundation, Inc.
2460 N. Lake Avenue, PMB #128
Altadena, CA 91001
(626) 398-8840
The mission of ELA is to Change the Face of Disability on the Planet. ELA accomplishes this mission by promoting health in communities through arts, education, and advocacy for the total inclusion of people with disabilities. The ELA Foundation will award one or two scholarships per academic year depending on merit.

Incight Company
733 SW Oak St., Suite 200
Portland, OR 97205
(971) 244-0305
Incight Go Better Scholarship provides scholarships for students with physical disabilities including sight, hearing, and learning disabilities.

Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
2010 Scholarship Application Period Opens Next Month.
OAR will soon accept applications for the 2011 Schwallie Family Scholarship program. The submission deadline for this year’s competition will be April 29, 2011. These scholarships are for one academic year, $3,000 each, to be applied towards tuition, books, and other expenses associated with higher learning. To be eligible, students with an established autism or Asperger Syndrome diagnosis must be accepted for enrollment or pursuing undergraduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States during the fall 2011 semester. This can include four-year colleges or universities; two-year colleges; and trade, technical, or vocational training programs. For more information, please visit OAR’s Web site.

VSA Arts
818 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 628-2800
Open to young artists, ages 16-25 living in the United States who have a physical, cognitive, or mental disability. The VSA Arts Young Soloists Award gives four award recipients scholarship funds and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Yellow Ribbon Scholarship
National Tour Foundation
546 E. Main St.
Lexington, KY 40508
(800) 682-8886
The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is for individuals with a physical or sensory disability who are planning to attend a two or four year college or university, majoring in travel or tourism industry.

Yes I Can!
Foundation for Exceptional Children
1110 N. Glebe Road, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-5704
(800) 224-6830, ext. 450
The Sara Conlon Memorial Scholarship will benefit a student with a disability who is interested in pursuing a degree in the field of special education.

Although our Web site includes links providing direct access to other Internet sites, the Autism Resource Center at Rush University takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, and does not exert any editorial or other control over those other sites.

The information on this Web site is provided for general reference purposes. It does not constitute medical or other professional advice and should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your child and adolescent psychiatrist or other physician. Only a qualified, licensed physician can determine the individual treatment that is appropriate for your particular circumstances. All decisions about clinical care should be made in consultation with a physician. Inclusion of information on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement of views, persons, methodologies or products. The health care providers whose information is available on the Web site are not necessarily the agents or employees of Rush University Medical Center. In consideration for use of this Web site, Rush University Medical Center or any other party involved in producing or delivering this Web site will not be liable to you for any action or nonaction that you take in reliance upon the information provided on this Web site.


Autism is a complex disorder. Our Web site provides information and resources for families with a child with autism. If you feel your child is experiencing behavior and/or symptoms that may be associated with autistic spectrum disorders, please contact your pediatrician or a licensed physician. A comprehensive evaluation may be needed from a psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, speech therapist and other professionals.


The Autism Resource Center’s referral and resource list is not an all-inclusive list and is subject to change. Each day the Autism Resource Center's team will be adding new resources and building to our Web site. If you have trouble finding a referral within your area, we encourage you to call (312) 563-2272 for further information. We hope that you visit our Web site again for any future referrals.


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