Individuals with autism tend to be diverse. Therefore, it is difficult to use words such as all or none when describing this group.
PROVINCIAL FUNDING FOR AUTISM AVAILABLE
The Cognitive Disabilities Strategy was designed to assist families who are caring for an individual who has a recognized cognitive disability and has needs that are unmet in the current support structure. This is the only provincial funding available for families caring for a child with an autism spectrum disorder at this time. Cognitive Disabilities Intake Committees have been established for certain health regions to process requests for assistance, develop a support team and, if necessary, put forward a request for additional funding for applicants.
The Disability Income Support Coalition has developed the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disabilities (SAID): DISC Guidebook. This guidebook (last revised April 2020) provides information on the SAID program, the application process, and other relevant information. Click this link to download the guidebook. Thank you to the Disability Income Support Coalition for developing this resource.
The Cognitive Disabilities Strategy is the only source of direct funding available at this time. It is our strong recommendation that all parents of children with autism apply. We are concerned that if parents do not apply for funding when it is available, the government may conclude that autism funding is not needed. We encourage you to apply to the Committee for funding of whatever services you feel your child needs that are currently not available to you.
ADDITIONAL FUNDING RESOURCES
The Casey Foundation
Founded in 2005 by Alexis Leippi Cuthbert, The Casey Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of children with autism in Saskatchewan by helping their families offset financial costs associated with autism support services.
Canadian Tire Jump Start Funding
Contact Autism Services of Saskatoon (306) 665-7013 ext. 0 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be forwarded to the Director of Family Programs more information.
CURRENT FAMILY PROGRAMS