Newfoundland & Labrador
Newfoundland & Labrador Government Autism Funding
Funding is provided by the Special Child Welfare Allowance Program which provides assistance with the cost of services/supports to families with a child who has a physical or intellectual disability living at home.
"The assistance is designed to enable families to purchase items and/or services, which are necessary due to the child's disability. The amount of monthly assistance for each family is determined through a financial needs test.”
Step 1: Eligibility
In order to be eligible, the child must meet the following criteria:
- The individual with a disability must be under age 18.
- The child and the parent or guardian must reside in Newfoundland or Labrador.
- Medical documentation must be provided confirming that the individual has autism or a similar diagnosis.
Step 2: Application Request
An application request must be made by contacting your nearest Regional Health Authority (RHA). You can find the nearest one to you here.
Step 3: Home Visit
A home visit by one of the authority representatives shall be conducted. The RHA representative will predominantly administer the application form. The application must be accompanied by supporting documentation from a qualified professional verifying the disability.
*It is important to note that Snug Vest is not currently on RHA's listing of available equipment and apparatus. The first request for a piece of equipment shall be considered via an Authorization for Service form. The SCWA program policy will only permit consideration for the purchase of apparatus not covered by this program if it is critical to the well being of the child, and with the approval of the designated RHA representative. Hence, it is crucial to have a letter from an occupational therapist that outlines the necessity of the Snug Vest and how it is crucial to the well being of the individual.
Step 4: Approval
Upon approval, a Services Contract will be signed with the social worker that outlines the terms to receive funding/reimbursement for therapeutic equipment.
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