The following funding sources are available through CIDSO if the following criteria are met:
In order for an individual with Down syndrome to qualify for any CIDSO financial/funding support for a
CIDSO-supported program in which he/she may participate, i.e., pickleball, tennis, speech, Redbird
Readers, cheer, general Enrichment Fund, etc., a member of the family must meet the 12/11/18 CIDSO
membership-approved definition of an "active member" as follows:
An “Active Member” must be the parent / guardian of an individual with Down syndrome and perform
any or all of the following within the past year and who have committed to a CIDSO effort in the upcoming year:
successfully raise at least $500 for CIDSO (examples would be a Buddy Walk team, organizing a fundraiser at a local restaurant, etc.)
AND / OR
provide at least 15 volunteer hours (examples include actively serving on a CIDSO committee, raising funds for CIDSO, promoting Down syndrome / CIDSO through pre-approved formal mechanisms.)
Families becoming active in CIDSO for the first time can meet “active” status by committing to fundraising / volunteer time in the current year.
A family/individual with Down syndrome who wishes to access any funding support from CIDSO in 2019 including the Program/Project Fund, Enrichment Fund and/or the Down Syndrome Educational
Conference Fund must meet the above definition of "active member" and must email email@example.com what your intended activities will be for CIDSO during 2019.
No funding will be provided for any Program/Project, Enrichment, or Down Syndrome Educational Conference without Diane Crutcher having received and approved the intended 2019 activities per family. The purpose
behind this requirement is to help CIDSO achieve its goal of continuing to enrich the lives of individuals with Down syndrome in our catchment area with is primarily McLean County and bring in money to
support our funding choices.
THE "ACTIVE MEMBER" DEFINITION IS ONLY REQUIRED FOR CIDSO FUNDING UNDER THE FOLLOWING FUNDING RESOURCES.
IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED A MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AND MEET THE REQUIREMENTS LISTED THERE, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO ATTEND MEETINGS, VOTE, AND PARTICIPATE IN CIDSO ACTIVITIES SUCH AS THE BUDDY WALK, HOLIDAY PARTY, SUMMER PICNIC, PLAYDATES, MOMS NIGHT OUT, ETC.
CIDSO Program/Project Fund is designed to support programs and projects that are conducted within McLean County on behalf of persons with Down syndrome.
Programs should maximize the opportunities for those with Down syndrome in the areas of recreation, communication, employment, inclusion, and education.
Programs/Projects that provide for inclusive opportunities for people with Down syndrome will be given priority. More information and the application form
are available in CIDSO Program Funds link. Any questions about this policy should be directed to the Administrator of these funds, Diane Crutcher email:
Please fill out and file this application to be considered.
CIDSO Enrichment/Participation Fund.
By opening doors of opportunity, we strive to enrich lives, allowing those born with Down syndrome to be active participants in their community. This
fund is designed to promote people with Down syndrome having access to and being supported in community involvement/participation.
It is available to any CIDSO Active Member (see above definition) within McLean County. The Funds Administrator will assess with appropriate CIDSO
Chairpersons whether the family/individual applying for Enrichment Fund support meets the required definition of "active" before any funds are allocated.
Please fill out and file this application as directed to be considered.
CIDSO Down Syndrome Educational Conference Participation Fund. This fund is designed to enable those touched by Down syndrome to participate in educational opportunities
that are intended to increase their knowledge and skills as well as those of the broader CIDSO community. Participants are expected to share information obtained at the conference with
CIDSO. Copies of handouts/brochures/CDs, etc. are appreciated. Allocated funds will be first-come/first-serve with support being provided for each requesting family once/year as available
30 days prior to the conference. Retroactive reimbursement will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
CIDSO/ISU Speech and Hearing Services Funding: For three decades CIDSO has partnered with ISU to provide speech and hearing services to individuals with Down syndrome who live in
McLean County. The ISU Speech and Hearing Clinic is now a Medicare / Medicaid provider and will also bill many private insurance companies.
Once all of the insurance has been billed and processed, CIDSO will pay up to half of any remaining cost being billed to a client for up to one
hour of therapy per week during the school year. Here are the steps to follow:
1. Contact Amy Heermance (309-438-5764) at the ISU Speech and Hearing Clinic immediately to provide them your child’s insurance information.
This will include any private insurance you may have as well as Medicare / Medicaid insurance numbers. You will also sign a release of billing information to CIDSO.
2. ISU will bill your private insurance / Medicare / Medicaid.
3. Depending on your family member’s insurance status, ISU speech services may not cost you anything out of pocket.
4. All CIDSO members who want to seek funding from CIDSO must provide ISU with all of the insurance information on their family member.
CIDSO will be a payer of “last resort.”
Once all of the insurance has been billed and processed, CIDSO will pay up to half of any remaining cost being billed to the client for up to one hour of speech therapy per week.
Any questions, please contact Amy Heermance (phone: 309-438-5764, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) at the ISU Speech and Hearing Clinic.