was established in 2010 in an effort to offset some of the financial constraints a family incurs while also being beneficial to the individual with autism.
As we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, AIM has shifted its focus for this year's AIM2Help Grant Program to sensory items, therapeutic items, and educational materials. We understand that this is a stressful time for the families we serve as routines are changing, days look different than what we are used to, school and some therapies are now taking place at home all of which can cause anxiety and/or behavior concerns. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections leading to an increase in a person's ability to complete more complex learning tasks. It also supports cognitive growth, gross and fine motor skills, language development, and problem-solving skills.
Your recommendation letter MUST come from a member of the applicant's Care Team, Therapist, Educator, Doctor, or Direct Service Provider who is CURRENTLY working with the applicant. If an applicant is a homeschool student the recommendation letter CANNOT come from the parent as a teacher.
Your recommendation letter MUST:
Maximum grant is $250.00, INCLUDING shipping/handling and taxes.
Please note, it is at the discretion of the AIM2Help Grant Committee to approve or deny each application and amounts requested are not guaranteed.
Sensory Items such as a crash pad, sensory canoe, indoor or outdoor trampoline, body sock, quiet tent, swing, etc.
Manipulative Items such as fidget toys
Therapy Items such as Pecs, Chewy Tubes, Activity Board, etc.
Educational Materials such as flash cards, work books, task box items, etc.
This is not an exhausted list, simply suggestions.
Grants will not be approved for
Lessons for Horse riding, swimming, music, dance, etc as a large percentage of these facilities are not operational at this time.
Applications will close on May 16th.