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Autism Grants, Scholarships and Awards

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.

The ARC of Illinois presents: Technology Assistance
20901 S. LaGrange Road, Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 464-1832
The Arc of Illinois has developed a new assistive technology program. This program will fund, or partially fund, the purchase of assitive technology for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who have received an evaluation/assessment from a qualified provider but the purchase is not subsidized by medicaid, medicare or private insurance. The maximum amount funded will be $500 per person or family. Upon approval, the device will be shipped directly to the applicant. How to apply? Contact the Arc of Illinois to complete an application. Who can apply? A person with an intellectual or developmental disability; family member on behalf of a person with an intellectual or developmental disability; and must be an Illinois resident.

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.

The Law Offices of Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC
Offering a nationwide annual disability scholarship for students with a physical or a learning disability, who have been accepted or are attending a 4-year college program or a law school within the US. It is an essay based scholarship which will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Contact Sabrina John, Community Outreach Program Advisor via email:, call (914) 358-4095 or visit website for more information.

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.

If you are interested in adding your organization or would like to make changes to a current listing on our website, please contact Natalie Forburger, LCPC, at (312) 563-2272 or