Financial Resources

Resources listed are not endorsed by DSAWM, but are a list of options that are available. If you know of additional West Michigan resources, please let us know at

DSAWM offers Financial Assistance to members for expenses related to the following (when relating to support, care, or treatment of person with Down syndrome):

  • adoption
  • educational support services
  • medical care
  • therapy/therapeutic devices
  • adaptive devices
  • respite care
  • Meal Voucher program for hospitalizations

AMBUCS provides AmTrykes, therapeutic tricycles for children with disabilities, including children with low muscle tone

Angel Flight provides free medical and compassion flights

Family Hope Foundation offers financial assistance for therapy that is not covered by insurance

Aubrey Rose Foundation assists families with medical expenses related to a life-threatening illness that are not covered by insurance

Aubrey’s Warriors Foundation provides financial assistance to special needs families going through hardship

Children’s Special Health Cares Services (CSHCS) of Michigan provides low or no cost supplemental health insurance for a variety of covered medical diagnoses. Contact your local county health department for questions

Different Needz Foundation provides grants for medical equipment and/or services, including developmental therapies

First Hand Foundation provides financial assistance for medical care, medical devices, vehicle modification, and travel

Friends of Man assists with medical and mobility equipment and prosthesis

Gifts From the Heart For Downs grants wishes for children with Down syndrome

Heart of West Michigan United Way provides financial assistance for daily living expenses and operates several local food pantries

iPads for Apraxia awards iPads and protective cases to aid in communication

Michigan 2-1-1 connects callers with local community-based organizations across the state that provide support and assistance to those in need

The Montana Melin Foundation provides financial assistance to the families of children with Down Syndrome that are facing medical hardships

Parker Lee Project provides medical supplies and equipment to children at no cost to the families, including enteral supplies, formula, and incontinence supplies

Sharing the Weight provides free weighted blankets to children who could benefit from one

Special Kids Photography of America provides grants for family pictures

Kya’s Krusade provides grants for therapies and adaptive equipment

Maggie Welby Foundation provides grants to families in need

McLindon Family Foundation provides adaptive bicycles for children with special needs

Modest Needs provides short term financial help for families in crisis situations

MY GYM Challenged America provides grants for medical equipment and therapy equipment for families with special needs

Needy Meds provides discounted and free medication programs and other services for low income families

Project Angel Fares provides all travel expenses to visit Morgan’s Wonderland – an ultra-accessible theme park

Stepping Stones for Stella provides buggies for children with special needs to enjoy outdoors to its fullest

Small Steps in Speech grants funds for speech and language disorder therapies for people 3-22 years old

Silent Stars provides iPads for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation offers grants for kids 16 years old or younger for services health insurance does not cover

Wheelchairs 4 Kids provides mobility devices and equipment to families in need – including AFOs (ankle-foot orthosis)