Grant Assistance Programs for AIA-FS
ADDventures In Achievement Foundational Skills (AIA-FS) is a 7-month transformational online program and community for bright gifted professionals (Yes, that means you) with or without ADHD. This strategic skills-based, educational training and group coaching program is designed to unlock your fullest potential.
This program, offered two times per year, is not therapy, so it is not covered by medical insurance. However, I’m a firm believer in finding ways to make this program accessible to those who really want to transform their lives from the inside out and would not be able to do so without some outside assistance.
I don't want anyone to miss out on the opportunity for AIA-FS simply because they didn't know these resources were available to them. Please note these are opportunities to reimburse you; not to pay directly to the program. Because of this, I wanted to let you know about resources that could be available for you. Please understand that there are no guarantees because each organization, HSA (health savings plan) and grant program has different requirements for qualification.
Some of my students have obtained full or partial reimbursements for their AIA-FS investments; so, it’s usually worth the effort to investigate your options.
And I don’t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity for AIA-FS simply because they didn’t know these resources were available to them.
First, it’s always a good idea to check with your HSA (if you have one) to find out what’s possible.
Second, if you live in one of these areas (UK, Australia and New Zealand) consider exploring these governmental grants and programs for potential reimbursement for programs, like AIA-FS.
The information listed below may change over time. Please check the details directly with the program that pertains to your situation.
UK (England, Scotland and Wales) Residents
Access to Work Grant (ATW)
Through the United Kingdom’s Access to Work Program, you have the opportunity to apply for funds to be used towards helping you develop skills (including your Executive Function skills) that will directly benefit your ability to experience greater success in your work.
Two of my students were reimbursed after enrolling in the AIA-FS program.
To read one student’s case study, and to learn more about the steps involved, click here: https://www.drbarbaracohen.com/blog/a-student-case-study-the-uk-access-to-work-grant-application-process.
Click Access to Work Grant (ATW) to go directly to the page.
Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) through Job Access
JobAccess, created by the Australian government, is the national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disabilities, employers and service providers. Its function is to bring together the information and resources needed to enhance and increase opportunities for disability employment.
According to the website, one in five Australians now lives with a disability. Often, these individuals are overlooked for employment opportunities simply due to a lack of awareness, exposure and understanding of the viable range of skills, abilities and qualifications they can bring to the workplace.
Australian and international studies have proven that people with disabilities are reliable and productive employees, with lower recruitment, insurance cover and compensation costs, and higher retention rates.
At first glance, the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) highlights workplace modifications and equipment for supporting those with physical disabilities. However, they do offer “specialist services for employees with specific learning disorders and mental health conditions.” Within their guidelines, there is a provision for an allowance of a $1,500 reimbursement per an eligible employee within a 12-month period for specialized support and training packages.
This is potentially great news for those with ADHD and underdeveloped Executive Function skills.
An important fact to note is that application to EAF needs to be made prior to signing up for AIA-FS or any program for potential reimbursement to be considered.
The EAF also offers free workplace assessments for eligible people with disabilities.
Click Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) | Job Access for all the information and frequently asked questions.
Click EAF on-line application for instructions.
Along with the Job Access website, there are also these available Australian government resources to answer your questions and to assist you:
- A telephone advice line (1800-464-800)
The Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) for workplace modifications and support
- An employer engagement service - the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator (NDRC)
- A Complaints Resolution and Referral Service
- The National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline
New Zealand Residents
Government Funded Support through Employment New Zealand
Employment New Zealand is the hub for all the resources and government support designed specifically to assist disabled employees and job seekers. The New Zealand Government funds a range of employment and employment-related services and support for people with disability, including training and apprenticeships. Help is available for preparing to look for work, looking for a job and, if needed, ongoing support once in a job.
On the Employment New Zealand page, you will find supported employment agencies including the following:
- Workbridge: a free employment service for disabled people or those with an injury or health condition. As well as administering government funding schemes to support disabled people into open employment, training or self-employment, Workbridge also places disabled people directly into work.
- New Zealand Disability Support Network
On the ASENZ website you can find more information such as the agencies closest to you, and links to specialist supported employment agencies listed by region, by vacancy or by disability.
- Workwise Employment Agency
The Workwise Employment Agency supports people with mental health conditions to return to work and to stay in work.
New Zealand’s Government Funded Support page (through the Workbridge network) outlines the eligibility requirements to offer funding to help you move into work or to assist in helping you stay in your job if you have a disability or a health condition. Job Support is available for people in employment or self-employment. And funding is offered for a variety of services including job coaching. See the Assistant Categories page for more information. Perhaps AIA-FS may meet their required guidelines.
For questions about New Zealand’s government support funds, or if you would like an application form to be emailed or posted to you, contact Support Fund Services by emailing to [email protected] or by calling toll-free (0508 967 527).
Have you had success in obtaining reimbursement for training programs? Do you know of any other possible financial support grants or programs? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email to [email protected].