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Grants and Scholarships

The California Department of Education established the Family Participation Fund to provide financial assistance to families through the State Improvement Grant. The Fund assists families who do not have any other agency support, to become active members of decision-making committees, task forces and other policy-making bodies to voice their opinions about education policy. The Family Participation Fund provides assistance for family members to attend, and participate in, policy-making meetings. Trainings, Workshops, and Conferences are NOT included in this program.

Student applications are now available for the 2013 Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF). The 2013 YLF will occur July 22-26, 2013 in Sacramento, CA. This program is provided to accepted students with disabilities at no cost.
YLF is an annual five day leadership program that provides information and resources about employment, education, independence and assistive technology. In addition, students have the opportunity to interact with students their own age and staff with various disabilities to develop long lasting friendships. YLF is held in Sacramento, and students will stay in the dorms on campus at California State University, Sacramento. Deadline: Feb 15, 2013.

The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County offers scholarships in July of each academic year. The awards include the $2000 Michael Zapoticzny Memorial Scholarship plus additional scholarships ranging from $250-$1000.
United Healthcare Children's Foundation Grants - Parents and caretakers across the country will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000.00 for health-care services that will help improve their children's health and quality of life.  Examples of the types of medical services covered by the grants include speech therapy; physical therapy and psychotherapy, wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids, eye-glasses, and orthodontic and dental treatments. To be eligible for the grants, children must be 16 years old or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, live in the U.S. and be covered by a commercial health insurance plan.        

National Autism Association's Helping Hand Program is now awarding a grant of up to $1,500 to families in need of financial assistance in getting biomedical treatments, supplements, therapy, basic living expenses, etc. for their child with autism.

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