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.


Check out the items at  


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.


Tuesday Treasure #25 Service Dogs!!!

Over the past two months I have had a couple families ask me about these wonderful programs. After much research I have found a couple organizations that assist with the cost, training and making sure it is an appropriate choice for families.

Paws with a Causewww.pawswithacause.orgWags 4 kids

Paws with a Cause was at the top of my Google search. Some of the questions that they highlight on their website are


Who is eligible to apply for a PAWS dog?
People with a physical disability, hearing impairment, seizure disorder, or a child with autism who can demonstrate that an Assistance Dog will enhance their independence or their quality of life are qualified to apply.

PAWS can only accept a limited number of applications per year. Although many individuals with disabilities are eligible and in need of an assistance dog, PAWS will determine and select those individuals where the tasks provided by PAWS's highly trained dogs will be of the greatest benefit.

What are the age requirements to apply?
Individuals applying for a Service or Seizure Dog must be at least 14 years old with an established, stable home life. Individuals applying for a Hearing Dog must be at least 18 years old with an established, stable home life.  Families applying for a Service Dog for a Child with Autism must have their child enrolled in ongoing education and supplemental therapy programs, and the child must be between 4-10 years of age.  Children must be at least 8 years old to be considered for a Social Support Dog.



How much does it cost?
The sponsorship of a PAWS Assistance Dog is $30,000.  However, the dog is provided at no cost to the Client.


How long is the application process?
The application process from start through completion of the in-home interview may take 12-24 months.  If accepted at the end of the process, the client will go onto the waiting list for funding; it may take up to three years for PAWS to secure funding for your Assistance Dog. PAWS clients are encouraged to participate in fundraising efforts on their own behalf, under the guidance of a PAWS Development Relations Officer.  Once funding is secured, the search to find an appropriate dog will begin.  Depending on the individual needs of the client, it may take many months to find an appropriate dog.

Some other organizations to check as well are...




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