iTaalk Autism Foundation is a 501c3 Non Profit, providing interactive technology education and solutions to individuals with autism and related special needs, their parents and the professionals that serve them.
Finding Funds

Tuesday's Treasures is a weekly blog that features a different non-profit offering grants and/or funding to families/individuals. We will provide current information on the grant, details for qualification, deadlines, and also tips from the organization itself. 

Throughout 2012, Tuesday's Treasures will highlight 52 different organizations in hopes that at least one will meet the need(s) of each parent/family in the iTaalk circle of friends!  
2013 Tuesday Treasure #2--The Puzzling Piece iPad Challenge


Everyone can receive an iPad. This wonderful organization developed a program that not only brings awareness to autism; they help families, schools, and other organizations fundraise to get iPads.


Sell 60 pieces of qualifing items and you get a brand new iPad mailed to you. Sound easy? It is. There are puzzle piece necklaces, key chains, & corkscrews for those wanting to promote autism awareness. There are also hearts and Smiling Sams for anyone that loves a child with special needs.


If you would like to get started contact Melissa Winters at or 201-602-0547 and she will help you get a page set up to start selling your pieces. With social media, e-mail and combinding with other fundraising events you'll be surprised at how quickly you'll sell 60 pieces.


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Tuesday Treasure #1 for


This is an image of the homepage with an official YouTube logo.As part of celebrating's 10th anniversary of citizen service, they are pleased to offer you a new and exciting way to stay connected with our YouTube channel, now featuring their first tutorial video.

You can learn how to get the most value out of using by visiting the official YouTube channel at If you already have a YouTube account, you can subscribe to the YouTube channel by clicking the "Subscribe" button at the top of the channel page. Subscribing allows you to receive notifications when new videos are posted and provides an easy way to quickly access your favorite videos. Even if you do not have a YouTube account, you can still view the informative and helpful videos about the site and its features at any time.

The YouTube channel currently showcases a self-help video about the site's confidential prescreening tool, the Benefit Finder. The Benefit Finder Tutorial video is a step-by-step visual guide designed to help you better understand how the Benefit Finder works. This short but informative tutorial also aims to help answer common questions you may have while using the Benefit Finder tool. To turn on the closed captioning, or to use translation, please click on the "CC" icon below the video to adjust your settings.


Treasure #10 is Maggies Hope

The Mission Statement “Maggie’s Hope is a not for profit organization founded to restore hope, fund solutions and support families affected by autism”.


How do they support those families affected by autism? They give them money to help pay for alternative treatments not covered by insurance. Now I am not going to even attempt to list the treatments that Insurance Companies, Doctors, co-workers, friends and family deem “alternative”. When you say alternative, they hear “desperate, crazy and unproven”. Who cares? Those of us who know they work will swear by them. Trouble is, they are expensive, and since they do not come in a burnt orange bottle with a white lid, they are not only omitted from most insurance plans, they are downright ridiculed.


Maggie’s Hope offers two tier levels of grants. The first tier is $500.00. This grant is designed to be utilized as a seed fund and is not intended to be an ongoing financial resource. By providing this start-up money Maggie’s Hope wishes to help provide a head start in an area not currently funded. I also see potentially that $500.00 that now is helping with Hippotherapy costs can be applied to purchasing an IPAD. Shifting the funds around.


Their second tier and newest initiative is the $10,000.00 annual grant designed to take a candidate from D Day (Diagnosis Day) through one year of treatment. The mission is to show measureable benchmarks that corporations can understand and hopefully get behind. Noah Roberts is their first recipient so make sure to check back with their website tophoto of Maggie see his progress.


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1. Gayle Ferguson | April 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM EDT

Would like more information, trying to find a grant to get my autistic grandson an IPAD. Thank you

2. Tammy E | April 17, 2012 at 09:50 PM EDT

Gayle, you would need to contact Maggie's Hope directly. We have just compiled this list as an extra resource for families. They are seperate organizations that have their own specific quidelines and application processes. Good luck!!!

3. Tammy E | June 09, 2012 at 11:30 AM EDT

Contact Lisa at for any questions you might have.

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