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Free support for children with disabilities

Rent or respite care? Groceries or new eyeglasses? For parents of children with disabilities, choosing between their family’s basic needs and disability-related items can often be difficult. Many services, devices and equipment are available to aid in development and improve a child’s quality of life. Unfortunately, insurance and other programs may only cover a portion of the cost, or perhaps not at all.

The Children at Home (CaH) Program may be able to help families with some of these expenses.

CaH is a nonprofit program of Iowa Family Support Network and can help families caring for a child up to age 22 with a disability by providing financial assistance for items or services not covered by other programs.

Examples may include special adaptive devices, out-of-area travel expenses, nutritional supplements, respite care or educational seminars for caregivers, special camps and items to make your home safe or more accessible for a child. If an item or service provides a direct benefit to a child and is related to the child’s disability, families may qualify for $700 or more in assistance per child annually.

“There is no charge to apply to participate in this program,” said Annie Wood-Long, program director. “It’s our goal to connect as many qualifying Iowans with the support they need.”

To qualify for the CaH program:

• You and your family must reside in the state of Iowa.

• Your family must include a child with a disability, which is defined as an individual who is less than 22 years of age and meets the definition of developmental disability.

• Your family’s intent is to secure those services and supports that would enable your child to remain living in the family home.

Your family’s federal net, not gross, taxable income for the most recent tax year is less than $60,000.

For more information or for someone to apply for assistance, contact Iowa Family Support Network at 888-425-4371, email IAFamilySupportNetwork@vnsia.org or visit www.iafamilysupportnetwork.org.

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