In the course of our research, the READi Lab has talked with many parents who have young children with autism. We have learned of their successes and struggles, including the financial hardships that are sometimes associated with early diagnosis and treatment of autism. Luckily, there are support systems like Ben’s Fund that are available to support those caregivers.
Ben’s Fund was established in 2012 by John & Traci Schneider to honor their son (diagnosed with autism at age three). The mission of Ben’s Fund is to provide financial support to families who need help covering costs associated with medical bills, therapies and other expenses that might be incurred while supporting a child on the autism spectrum. The fund awards applicants up to $1,000 per qualifying child and, to date, has raised over $4.6 million and issued 2,700 awards.
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