National Alliance for Caregiving
Partners with other caregiving associations and groups to provide additional resources to help family caregivers address and cope with the challenges of caring for a loved one.
Connects to a network of family organizations across the United States that provide support to families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
Provides information and resources and works with families of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities, birth to 26, helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Provides services to family caregivers of adults with physical and cognitive impairments. Services include assessment, care planning, direct care skills, wellness programs, respite services, and legal/financial consultation vouchers.
Social Security Disability Benefits
Provides information about who qualifies for Social Security disability benefits and links to more information including how to apply online. In general, to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, a person must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and have a medical condition that meets Social Security's definition of disability. Certain family members may also qualify.
Social Security Supplemental Security Income
Provides information about who qualifies for Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and links to more information including how to apply. In general, the SSI program provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits.
Job Accommodation Network
Provides information on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Arc of the United States
Promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
Patient Advocate Foundation
Provides case management assistance for the uninsured or underinsured with life-threatening or debilitating illnesses. Services include help with the following: access to care; co-pay assistance; social security disability applications; and insurance appeals. PAF also has a National Financial Resource Directory that allows patients to find resources within a given state.
Lists programs that help people who cannot afford medications and healthcare costs. NeedyMeds has information about government programs, low-cost or free medical and dental clinics, and prescription assistance. NeedyMeds also has disease-specific financial aid programs.
The Assistance Fund
Provides various services, including education and financial aid, to help patients with a chronic or serious illness cover the cost of FDA-approved medications. Patients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Provides help to patients with specific life-altering conditions. Assistance includes help with the cost of medications and travel. Please note the status of the fund for each individual disease may change throughout the year.
Provides financial assistance for underinsured patients living with chronic and life-altering conditions. They offer help with drug copayments, deductibles, and health insurance premiums for patients with specific diseases. The disease fund status can change over time, so you may need to check back if funds are not currently available.
Managing Costs [National Cancer Institute (NCI)]
Provides information to help patients and families understand and manage the costs that may be associated with cancer treatment and care, including learning where to find organizations and resources that offer financial assistance.
Patient Assistance Program [National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)]
Provides financial assistance for patients with specific rare diseases including help with costs of medications, insurance premiums, co-pays, diagnostic testing, and travel for clinical trials or consultation with disease specialists. In addition, NORD provides links to other financial assistance resources.
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation
Offers nearly 70 disease-specific assistance programs that help patients pay for their out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance, health insurance premiums, and transportation expenses to get to treatment. Please note the status of the fund for each individual disease may change throughout the year.
Mercy Medical Angels
Provides financial assistance with ground and air travel for specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment.
Provides free domestic air travel to U.S. facilities for medical treatment, second opinions, and follow-up for patients in need.
Patient AirLift Services (PALS)
Offers free air transportation for those receiving medical care for acute and chronic condition. Compassion flights are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Wings of Hope
Provides medical air transport services, free of charge, to individuals who need specialized medical care that is not available to them locally. They fly individuals to hospitals and treatment centers in 26 states within a 600 mile radius of their St. Louis, MO headquarters.
Children's Flight of Hope
Provides air transportation to and from medical facilities in the eastern United States for seriously ill and injured children and an accompanying adult.
Corporate Angel Network (CAN)
Arranges free travel on corporate jets for cancer patients, bone marrow donors, bone marrow recipients, stem cell donors, and stem cell recipients.
Orphanet International Rare Disease Helplines
Lists rare disease centers in different countries around the world that offer similar services to GARD. These rare disease centers will know the resources in their own countries better than GARD does. Orphanet is a consortium of 40 countries, within Europe and across the globe. Its mission is to gather and improve knowledge on rare diseases so as to improve the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with rare diseases.
EURORDIS International Rare Diseases Help Lines
Lists rare disease helplines for countries around the world that help people living with a rare disease find information and support. EURORDIS is a patient-driven alliance of organizations representing more than 900 rare disease patient organizations in more than 70 countries throughout Europe.
Rare Voices Australia
Provides similar services as GARD only they will know more about the resources and medical specialists available in Australia. You may call +61 (0) 497 003 104 or visit their website for assistance.
Regroupement québécois des maladies orphelines (Canada)
Provides similar services as GARD only they will know more about the resources and medical specialists available in Canada. Their service is available in French and English. You may call 1-888-822-2854 or visit their website for assistance.
Genetic Alliance UK, Rare Disease UK, & SWAN
Provides information and resources about medical specialists in the United Kingdom. Like GARD, this organization can provide help for rare disease patients who are yet to be diagnosed. Call 0300 124 0441 or visit its website for assistance.
Indian Organization for Rare Diseases
Provides similar services as GARD only they will know more about the resources and medical specialists available in India. You may call +91-9666438880 or visit their website for assistance.
Organization for Rare Diseases India
Provides similar services as GARD only they will know more about the resources and medical specialists available in India. You may call +91 8892-555-000 or visit their website for assistance.
Rare Disorders NZ
Provides similar services as GARD only they will know more about the resources and medical specialists available in New Zealand. You may call +64 4 385 1119 or visit their website for assistance.
Rare Diseases South Africa
Provides similar services as GARD only they will know more about the resources and medical specialists available in South Africa. You may call 072 476 7552 or visit their website for assistance.
Rare Diseases Foundation of Iran
Provides similar services as GARD only they will know more about the resources and medical specialists available in Iran. Their services are provided in Farsi and English. You may call +98 (21) 66572937 or visit their website for assistance.
Chinese Organization for Rare Disorders
Provides similar services as GARD only they will know more about the resources and medical specialists available in China. You may call 010-67500717 or visit their website for assistance.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Understands that rare and chronic disease diagnoses can be isolating and present heavy burdens on daily life. This lifeline provides a resource for those who may be feeling overwhelmed, particularly for those without access to mental health services. The organization provides confidential support for people in all types of distress. Call 9-8-8.
Provides help with suicide intervention, prevention, awareness, and education and hope through online crisis chat, educational on-campus and virtual college events, and awareness campaigns.
Crisis Text Line
Offers support for any crisis via text, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You can text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform.