Autism Society Acadiana offers assistance to our members and families who wish to attend a conference, procure a piece of therapeutic equipment or an assistive technology device for their child with an autism spectrum disorder. We provide this assistance through our Educational Stipend Program. The program is limited in scope to the amount of funding allotted through the budgeting process for the organization’s operating and program budget for the fiscal year. The amount of funding for which a family is eligible is currently $300 per year.
We also provide assistance to families interested in having their child or children on the autism spectrum access recreational programs to encourage socialization. This program is the Recreational Stipend Program. The Recreational Stipend Program is also limited to the amount budgeted each year. The amount of funding per year that a family may access for their child or loved one with an autism spectrum disorder is presently $200 per person.
The Board of Directors recently voted to revise the stipend guidelines. Stipends will be awarded based on funds available and to active members who volunteer for Autism Society Acadiana sponsored events, or volunteer at the office or where needed.