We know that having a child with a disability or special health-care needs often means you have extra expenses in your life. So, we’ve reached out to other parents to help you find some community organizations and charitable foundations that sometimes offer help. This page has links for many of these groups.
While the list below by no means includes every organization that offers transportation help, wish granting, grants, scholarships, or other funding, it is a good place to start looking for help. You can also find more resources that might be closer to home on our Regional pages.
Hospitals and Private Foundations For Children with Disabilities
There are some hospitals and private foundations that – on a case-by-case basis – offer grants to help pay for transportation, equipment, or medical expenses. Here are a few:
Prescription Drug and Insurance Co-payment Assistance
There are some organizations that can help with health insurance or prescription drug co-payments, or help you get discounts on prescription drugs.
- HelpRx has a database of drug discount coupons to download and print, and offers a prescription discount card.
- RxAssist has a database of programs that offer discounts on prescription drugs. You can search the database by pharmaceutical company or type of drug.
- SCBN finds Texas-specific programs that offer discounts on prescription drugs.
- NeedyMeds helps people pay for expensive generic medications.
- CancerCare Copayment Assistance Foundation helps people with chemotherapy co-payments.
- The Caring Voice Coalition offers grants to pay for medicine for people with long-lasting or life-threatening illnesses. They also offer a prescription discount card.
- Chronic Disease Fund offers prescription co-payment and travel assistance to people with certain long-lasting diseases.
- HealthWell Foundation helps people who have long-lasting or life-altering diseases cover prescription co-payments and medical insurance payments.
- National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) gives prescription payment and co-payment help to people who have certain rare conditions.
- Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-pay Relief Program offers prescription co-payments and insurance deductible help for people who have certain conditions.
- Patient Services, Inc. (PSI) offers prescription co-payments and insurance deductible help for people who have certain long-lasting conditions.
Wish Granting Organizations
Wish foundations grant wishes for some children who have long-term illnesses or disabilities. This could be a trip to Disneyland, a new computer, a chance to throw the first pitch at a major league game, or many other wishes.
Some of these organizations include:
Sometimes your child might need to see a specialist or get treatment outside of your home city. Here are some organizations that help with travel and travel costs.
- Angel Wheels to Healing gives free non-emergency ground transportation for people seeking medical attention at a program, clinic, or hospital that is far away from their home. They offer help by giving gas cards, train or bus tickets, or rides from a volunteer driver. You and your child must meet certain income requirements.
- Children’s Flight of Hope, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that gives children with critical medical needs free air transportation to and from a medical facility, if they are going for treatment.
- Corporate Angel Network arranges free plane transportation for cancer patients and bone marrow donors going to or from recognized cancer treatment centers.
- Lifeline Pilots is a private nonprofit organization that gives people with medical and financial needs free air transportation on a private aircraft for health-care visits.
- Mercy Medical Angels helps transport people in medical and financial crisis by connecting them with people or organizations that give free or low-cost patient air transportation.
- Miracle Flights for Kids gives free medical transportation by air to families who need necessary medical treatment out of their home state.
- National Patient Travel Center connects families to air medical transportation for children who need to see out-of-area specialists.
- Operation Liftoff will provide air travel for a child younger than 18 years old and 1 parent. Any child 3 to 18 years old who has a life-threatening illness and has not received a wish trip from another organization can apply to get a dream trip too.
Local Chapters of National Organizations
There are many national service or charitable organizations that give help in local communities or cities through smaller clubs or chapters. Each local area manages its own programs, grants, and gifts. We recommend that you call or email them directly – or visit their website – to see if they can help you. In the links listed below, you can search for these local chapters.
- Easter Seals offers a variety of services to children who have disabilities or special health-care needs.
- Elks Lodge might give scholarships or other types of help.
- Goodwill offers free job training for high-school students and adults with disabilities and special health-care needs.
- Kiwanis are groups that do community service and raise funds for many children’s causes.
- Lions Clubs might give out grants or other financial help for assistive technology and other needs.
- Shriners might fund assistive technology, durable medical equipment, or other health-care expenses.
- Variety of Texas offers funds to empower (build physical abilities and self-confidence) children with disabilities and special health-care needs.
Help for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Some organizations offer help for children who have autism. Here are a few:
- Autism Cares! offers grants to help people with autism during times of crisis.
- Autism Escapes helps find air travel on private jets for families that need medical care for a child with autism.
- The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation offers scholarships for children with autism for swimming lessons, iPads, equine (horse) therapy, film school, and holiday gift cards.
- Helping Hand Program offers financial help for families to get necessary biomedical treatments, supplements, and therapy services for children with autism.
- Organization for Autism Research offers scholarships for children who have autism to get education after high school.
There are organizations in Texas and across the country that help people with specific disabilities and special health-care needs get a variety of services and supports.
- American Council of the Blind offers scholarships for college or job training programs, and sometimes offers grants for assistive technology for people who have vision impairments.
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society offers help paying for medical insurance premiums and co-payments for people who have certain kinds of cancer.
- Muscular Dystrophy Association offers services and support to children with muscular dystrophy.
- Sight for Students offers free vision exams and glasses. If you meet Sight for Students’ income rules, you can talk to your child’s school or another participating community organization to get a voucher for an exam and glasses.
- Texas Center for the Visually Challenged offers computers for people who have vision impairments.
This is definitely not a full list of grant and scholarship programs in Texas or beyond. Our Find Services, Groups, & Events page has more links to scholarships and job training programs. You can also connect with other parents to see if they have ideas for places in your area that can help you, or use the Foundation Center’s free training to find and apply for grants.
Many websites now offer families the opportunity to create online fundraisers on their own. This is often called “crowdfunding.” People are using these for medical expenses, equipment, adaptive technology, or even to follow a dream like going to Disneyland.
Here are 5 of the leading websites that you can use to help raise money for your child. All of these sites charge a fee. Compare them before you pick one.