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 #38 Insurance codes for iPad and APPs

As I have mentioned before, I do contact each funding source before posting them as a Tuesday Treasure. That being said, I haven't been getting as quick of responses as I had earlier in the year. I like to try and get specifics on services and equipment they do fund. Also any restrictions or suggestions they can give in applying. Anything to make it easier for our families!!!


One step that a lot of funding organizations are requiring families to do BEFORE applying for a grant is submitting a claim through insurance for the therapy, item or service they are looking to get funded. THEN if not covered by insurance you apply for a grant. The hope is that insurance will cover it. Right?


Having an EOB (Explanation of Benefits) or a copy of your benefit coverage showing that the service/item is not covered then allows you to apply for grants. I always suggest appealing though. So that is why I have taken this week to share a couple helpful suggestions for Billing and Coding when trying to get an iPad and/or APPs covered by insurance. (Thank you Tony Gentry, PhD OTR/L for sharing your vast knowledge in Assistive Technology!)


97755- Assistive Technology Assessment

*To restore, augment or compensate for existing function, optimize functional tasks and/or environmental accessibility (for assessment and reassessment only)


E2511- Speech Generating Software (TapToTalk, Proloquo2go, & other AAC apps)


97532- Cognition skill Development

*Development of cognitive skills to improve attention, memory, problem solving, (includes compensatory training)


97535- ADL/Home Management

*Activities of daily living (ADL) and compensatory training, meal preparation, safety procedures, and instructions in use of assistive technology devices/adaptive equipment (including home environment/modif analysis)


97537-Community/work reintegration training

*eg. shopping, transportation, money management, avocational activities and/or work environment/modification analysis, work task analysis, use of assistive technology device/adaptive equipment.


Please note that Medicare does not consider "consumer products" as assistive technology. State Rehab Services: Typically, yes, if vocationally relevant.

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