Alberta Autism Funding
Snug Vest may be covered by the Alberta government on a case-by-case basis for children diagnosed with autism by the Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program.
Step 1: Eligibility
In order to be eligible, the child must meet the following criteria:
- The child must be under age 18.
- The person applying for the program must be the child’s parent or have guardianship of the child.
- The child and the parent or guardian must reside in Alberta.
- Medical documentation must be provided confirming that the child has a disability or is awaiting a diagnosis.
Step 2: Provide Medical Documentation
In order to receive funding, you must provide a letter outlining the child's diagnosis or disability from a physician, psychiatrist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Audiologist, Social Worker or Psychologist. It must include the following information:
- Your child’s name and date of birth
- Your child’s diagnosis, with some description of the condition, how the disability affects daily functioning and, where applicable, an explanation of whether the condition is expected to have long term or lifelong implications
- The date when your child was diagnosed with the condition
- The name of the physician or other health professional who diagnosed your child with the condition.
For more information on this criteria, find it here.
Step 3: Fill Out FSCD Application
Find it here and submit it.
Step 4: Complete Assessment of Needs
This is completed once the eligibility is confirmed, and entails identifying the care demands on parents, the strengths of your family, what resources are available and what supports FSCD may provide to assist you in raising your child.
Step 5: Individualized Family Support PlanThis is completed in conjunction with the FSCD Officer, and outlines the family’s goals and priorities for their child, strategies to meet the goals, individual responsibilities and timelines.
Step 6: FSCD Agreement
Assuming all criteria are met, an agreement is signed between you and FSCD that puts forth the assistance provided to your child.
Step 7: Submit a Letter from your Occupational Therapist
A letter from your Occupational Therapist that outlines the necessity of Snug Vest and how it improves the well-being of your child should be presented to the local FSCD office. Your local FSCD office can be found here.
We have successfully had a Snug Vest funded through a local Lions club.
We recommend trying the following charities, although have no previous experience with them. If you have any information about them, additional charities to add, or need assistance with your application, let us know!
- Variety, the Children's Charity of Alberta (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are going this route - we can send the forms & contact)
- President's Choice Children's Charity (for households with income less than $75,000)
- Children's Ability Fund of Northern Alberta (for Edmonton & Northern Alberta)
- Burn's Memorial Children's Fund
- Your local Lions Club, Rotary Club, Kinsmen Club, Shriners or Elks