Family Support



Alternate Funding Sources

Families who have children with special helath care needs and disabilities often  have expenses that are not covered by insurance. The following is a limited list of alternative sources of funding, equipment, and services.  Each source has specific eligibility requirements.

Resource Contact Information

ACHIEVA  Family Trust Residual Fund
Considers individual grant applications for people with disabilities for certain uncovered services.
ACTION-Housing Inc.
Provides modifications to homes to accommodate residents with disabilities through the Allegheny County Accessibility Program.
Allegheny County Health Department
Free immunizations
Allegheny County Music Festival Education Fund
Children receiving services through Department of Human Services can apply for funding for certain uncovered items or services.
American Cancer Society
Medications, nutritional supplements, hospital equipment, transportation.
American Lung Association
American Respiratory Alliance
Grants for medications
Arthritis Foundation, Western PA Chapter.
Information, resources and support for juvenile arthritis
Bureau of Autism Services Family and Individual Mini Grants
The Bureau of Autism Services of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare periodically announces  mini-grants to support children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.
Webcast about the application process
Danielle’s Foundation
Funding for families with children with cerebral palsy and brain injury.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Provides assistive technology to military veterans and their dependents.
Disabled Children’s Relief Fund
Provides funding for assistive technology and therapies.
Fund It Forward
Raises money for adaptive equipment not covered by health insurance. Based in Wexford, PA.
Leukemia and Lymphoma  Society of America, Inc., Western PA and West Virginia Chapter
Funding for outpatient expenses, transportation expenses.
Make a Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia
Fulfills wishes for children with a life-threatening illness.
Miracle Ear Foundation
Provides hearing aids to children.
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southwestern and Midwestern PA
Equipment loans.
National Kidney Foundation of Western PA
Free medical alert jewelry.
National MS Service Society
Provides up to $500.00 a year for needed items.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh District
Provides assistive technology devices and services needed for employment.
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
Pennsylvania Crime Victims’ Compensation Board
Compensation for medical costs and assistive technology to crime victims.
Pennsylvania Initiative on Assistive Technology
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Operates Partnership for Prescription Assistance, providing reduced cost or free prescriptions to people in need.
Safelink Wireless
Free cell phones/airtime. Must meet eligibility criteria.
Sickle Cell Society, Inc. (Sickle Cell Network)
Assistance with medical expenses
Starkey Hearing Foundation
Provides hearing aids and other services to people with hearing impairments
Sunshine Foundation
Fulfills wishes for children with a chronic illness.
Telecommunication Device Distribution Program
Provides telecommunication devices for people with hearing impairment.
Variety the Children's Charity
Provides mobility and enabling equipment for children with mental and physical disabilities.
Vehicle Modification Programs
Certain automobile manufacturers offer new vehicle incentives that reimburse up to $1,000 if a vehicle is modified within six to 12 months of purchase.
Ventilator Assisted Children's Home Program
Consultation and support for home care of a ventilator assisted child, home visits, advocacy, coordination of services
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Information about financial assistance for child care.