The Triangle Down Syndrome Network does not currently have a program to offer direct support to individuals to fund medical or other needs but there are many organizations that do offer such support.
For dental needs, the Grottoes of North American Foundation Humanitarian Fund helps families of children under 18 with special needs regardless of family income or insurance coverage (although they do not cover children covered by Medicaid). If the child is insured, then they provide funding for the copay.
For durable medical equipment or other assistive low/high tech equipment, there are two online exchanges that you can access. One is on the Telability website and the other is on the North Carolina Assistive Technology Project website. You can browse or list items for free/sale and post items that you are looking for.
For any type of funding needs, you can place a grant request on the website ModestNeeds.org and visitors to the site can choose to donate to fund your request. Donations made to this organization are deductible to the giver. If you are interested in applying for a grant to this organization and do not have a scanner to complete the application process, please contact the TDSN office for assistance.
The UnitedHealthCare Children's Foundation has a grant program to which you can apply for funding of medically necessary therapy, equipment or procedures if you have inadequate insurance coverage. This program is NOT for a family that does not have insurance coverage. For more information, go to www.uhccf.org.
Disabled Children's Relief Fund provides disabled children with assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery. DCRF focuses special attention on helping children throughout the U.S. that do not have adequate health insurance, especially the physically challenged. Applications are available between April and September.
Kya's Krusade offers financial assistance for children with physical disabilities to for adaptive equipment, hippotherapy, or additional physical or occupational therapy sessions not covered by insurance.
Gift From the Heart for Downs, an organization designed to focus on the needs of children and adults with Down Syndrome, is preparing to make more wishes come true for those with Down Syndrome.