pal assist

THREE TO BE understands that in order to reach their full potential and future success, children with neurological disorders* need the strongest possible support system and advocates in their corner. This begins with their parents and families. Our goal is to ensure that parents thrive, not just survive each obstacle and challenge they face on behalf of their children.  Parent Advocacy Link (PAL) is designed with all of this in mind.

From the moment that they receive their child’s diagnosis, parents and families experience a range of emotions – from fear and desperation to hope and deep love. Through PAL Assist, THREE TO BE has two funding initiatives that allow parents to apply for support.  The programs include:  Fee Subsidy Program and Give Me A Break Program (formerly the Respite Program)– designed to respond directly to the here and now needs of our families, as well as enhance the degree to which they are nurtured and supported within our community.

Fee Subsidy Funding Program – CLOSED

The PAL Assist Fee Subsidy Program fosters greater inclusion for special needs children throughout Ontario in community activities.  Too often most financial assistance programs have long wait lists and are restricted by income caps. A good majority of families are not eligible for any government subsidies, private funding, and more often than not, they are unable to afford to have their child participate in programs like summer camps, arts programs or emerging therapies. Private insurance or group insurance does not provide reimbursements for programs that fall outside of traditional models. It is impossible to create a defined list of therapies or modes of intervention that will work for every child.  As such, our unique PAL Assist Fee Subsidy Program gives families the access to the programs that best support their children and serve their specific needs.

The Fee Subsidy Program allows families to apply for a grant for therapeutic or recreational programs for their child diagnosed with a neurological disorder, in the amount of $250. The therapeutic program must be provided by a registered health professional.  Examples of previously approved programs include:

  • Various children’s summer camps
  • Conductive education
  • Therapeutic horseback riding
  • Art therapies and programs
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
Please note the following very important information:
  • Supporting documentation regarding the costs of the activity must be included with the application.
  • All completed applications will be reviewed and assessed for eligibility and acceptance. Please ensure you review and include ALL required documentation.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications will only be accepted via email and MUST be from the individual applying (applications completed by a service provider or therapist on behalf of a family will not be acknowledged.

This program is made possible through funding support from Howie, Sacks and Henry LLP, Rotary Club of Toronto, Kiwanis Club of Toronto, Noah’s Clubhouse and the Ben and Hilda Katz Foundation.  We thank them for their generosity and for their efforts to help us reduce social isolation, remove barriers and increase awareness of what our children CAN do, not their disabilities.

 

The Give Me A Break Program* – CLOSED

*formerly Respite Program 

The Give Me A Break program provides funding for either a parent or the family of a child with a neurological disorder*, in the maximum available amount of $250.00, for a self-defined form of respite.  The goal of the program is to give parents/families a break from the everyday and a chance to just breath.  How they do that is up to them and as such, THREE TO BE does not place limitations on how the funds are to be used, so long as they are used to directly benefit the parent/family.  Some examples of previously approved grants given were for such activities as:

  • Hotel getaway
  • Dinner and a Movie
  • Tickets to a sporting event
  • Spa day
  • Family Waterpark weekend
  • Camping
  • Day at the Amusement park

Please note the following very important information:

  • Supporting documentation regarding the costs of the activity must be included with the application.
  • All completed applications will be reviewed and assessed for eligibility and acceptance. Please ensure you review and include ALL required documentation.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications will only be accepted via email or by mail
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be considered
  • Funding is awarded on a first come, first serve basis provided all application criteria has been met
  • A limit of 10% of funding may be used for subsidizing childcare

The opportunity for respite is one where the outcome is a feeling of relief and refreshment for the recipient. It can take any number of forms, as long as it meets the self-defined need for relief. THREE TO BE understands the need for parents and families to experience a break and a chance to renew and re-energize. This can mean dinner and a movie, a trip to the spa, a camping trip or an overnight stay in a hotel, etc. By giving them a choice to define their respite need, the outcome is exponentially greater. When they have the opportunity to better care for themselves, they are, in turn, better able to care for their children. Further, we also believe that families, together, need a respite break. Having a child with a neurological disorder can be all-consuming and can inhibit a family’s ability to “just be a family.” It is difficult if not impossible for these families to experience a typical family outing.

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THREE TO BE defines “neurological disorders” as per the World Health Organization (WHO) as diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. In other words, the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, peripheral nerves, nerve roots, autonomic nervous system, neuromuscular junction, and muscles.  The PAL Assist funding programs will provide grants to families of a child with a neurological disorder as diagnosed by a qualified, regulated health care professional.  There is an incredibly vast number of neurological disorders and conditions with significant neurological implications. In light of limited funds available for the PAL Assist funding initiatives, THREE TO BE will focus on a defined list of eligible disorders and conditions.  At this time, our funding will be limited to the following:

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asphyxia, Brain tumours, Cerebral Palsy, Chiari Malformation, Dystonia, Epilepsy, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Friedrichs Ataxia, IVH (Interventricular Hemorrhage), Movement Disorders, Neural Tube Defects, Periventricular Leucomalacia, Stroke and Spina Bifida. This list may change in the future to include additional  disorders. Please forward any questions about eligibility criteria to  pal@threetobe.org