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Lower-income Nova Scotians who have a child 16 years of age or younger with autism can apply for one-time grant up to $3,000 to cover the costs of equipment, supplies and other expenses.

The Autism Family Support Fund is an initiative of the Office of Addictions and Mental Health and is administered by IWK Health.  It contains $1 million and will be available until all the funds have been distributed. There is no application deadline, but families are encouraged to apply by February 23, to be included in the first review of applicants to occur in early March.

Eligible expenses include such requirements as safety equipment; minor home improvements, like gates and fences; education materials and training for caregivers; augmentative communication devices; respite costs; travel for appointments; programming for children, such as social recreational opportunities, camps and school tutoring.

To qualify for funding, a family’s income must be below maximums listed in the fund guidelines. The amounts vary by family size. For example, the income threshold for a family of three is $51,029, and for a family of four, it is $58,310.

More information on the fund and how to apply is available at:

Did you know?

On average, one in 31 five-year-old children in the province have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

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