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Does having FASD qualify a person to receive financial assistance?

It may. Sometimes assistance is available not because of having FASD per se, but because of the limitations that result from it. Federal programs such as Medicaid, SSI, and SSDI may provide assistance, providing that their 1) definition of what constitutes a “disability” and 2) eligibility requirements are met. A young adult with FASD may qualify for a Section 8 Housing Subsidy—not because of having FASD, but because of the person’s low income status. State departments for foster and adoptive care typically offer subsidies for hard-to-place children and children with special needs. Some benefits vary from state to state and sometimes even within counties, so check with the agencies you deal with directly, and allow plenty of time for paperwork and follow-up.

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