Families can use funding towards eligible intervention services that best suit their child's needs.
- Parents who have applied for autism funding should review the Parent's Handbook (PDF, 1.3 MB).
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Service Providers, who would like self-service options, can review the information sheet and apply for access online.
Direct Deposit is a safe and dependable way to receive payment. Using this method, your payments will be deposited directly into your bank account and help you to avoid delays and lost or stolen cheques.
Types of Funding
Funding for children under age six: Families can access up to $22,000 per year per child to help pay for eligible autism intervention services and therapies. Parents are required to select professional service providers from the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP).
Funding for children aged 6-18: Families can access up to $6,000 per year per child to help pay for eligible out-of-school autism intervention services and therapies. Parents are not required to select professional service providers from the (RASP), but it is highly recommended.
Parents often ask why funding is reduced for children over the age of six. Once children with autism start school, they also benefit from the education programs and services that are available through the school system. Specifically, school districts receive $18,850 in additional funding for every student with autism in order to provide them with in-school interventions and services.
Eligible expenses: The goal of funding is to help families with the cost of purchasing intervention services that will promote their child’s communication, social-emotional, academic and functional life skills development. Only specific services, therapies, training and equipment are eligible for funding. Families may also use up to 20% of their annual funding to purchase eligible equipment, travel or training.
Here's an overview of the autism funding process – find more information in the Parent's Handbook about:
If you need assistance with working through this process, please contact Autism Information Services BC.
Step 1: The family contacts a local children and youth with special needs (CYSN) office to make an appointment to meet with a CYSN worker who will confirm whether a child is eligible for autism funding.
Step 2: After meeting with the CYSN worker, parents or guardians will receive two copies of an Autism Funding Agreement in the mail. Both copies must be signed and returned to the Autism Funding Program within two weeks.
Step 3: Parents or guardians will then receive a letter that outlines the funding available and the funding period dates.
Step 4: Parents select their service providers. For children under the age of six, professionals must be selected from the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). It's also recommended that families of children over the age of six also choose service providers from the RASP.
Step 4: Once service providers are chosen, parents complete the Request to Pay (RTP) Service Providers / Suppliers Form (PDF) and review it with the service providers to make sure the information is correct. Parents or guardians submit the form to the Autism Funding Program once it's complete.
Step 5: Parents will receive an authorization letter from the Autism Funding Program confirming that their chosen service providers are authorized and service delivery may proceed.
Step 6: After services are delivered, service providers invoice the Autism Funding Program, which pays the service provider directly.
Direct Payment Program: Some families who have children between the ages of 12 and 18 may be eligible to access a direct payment program where funding is provided directly to the family on an annual basis and the parents become responsible for paying service providers for eligible services.
Once approved for funding, it's important for parents to remember that:
- Funding can only be used for eligible expenses
- To submit appropriate funding forms, when necessary
A full list of funding responsibilities is outlined on the Invoice Payment Agreement or Direct Payment Agreement sent to parents before services begin.
Please contact the Autism Funding Program for help answering any questions, or: