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Book via The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities

If you live in the state of Florida, you may be eligible to apply for The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA). The funding was set up to give disabled children access to educational programs and therapies which would otherwise be out of reach.

We’re delighted to be an approved provider working with the FES-UA, to help support even more families and children on their journey to living their best life.

If your application is successful, The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities will give you access to an education savings account which works just like a regular bank account. You’ll use it to pay for the therapies your child needs, without having to pay upfront and then apply for reimbursement.


Will my child be eligible for The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities?

If you live in Florida and your child is age 3 to grade 12, or age 22 (whichever they reach first) and has a confirmed diagnosis in one of the conditions below, you’ll be able to apply.

A high risk child*
Autism spectrum disorder
Cerebral Palsy
Down syndrome
Emotional or a behavioral disability
Hearing impairment, including deafness
Hospital or homebound
Identification as dual sensory impaired
Intellectual disability
Language impairment
Muscular dystrophy

Orthopedic impairment
Other health impairment
Phelan-McDermid syndrome
Prader-Willi syndrome
Rare diseases
Specific learning disability
Speech impairment
Spina bifida
Traumatic brain injury
Visual impairment, including blindness
Williams syndrome

*A high risk child in this situation refers to a child aged 3 to 5 years old who conforms to one or more of the following:

  • A developmental delay in cognitive, language, or physical development
  • A child surviving a catastrophic infectious or traumatic illness which is known to be associated with developmental delay.
  • A child with a parent or guardian with developmental disabilities who requires assistance in meeting the child’s developmental needs
  • A child who has a physical or genetic anomaly associated with developmental disability. 

The amount of funding varies depending on the severity of your child’s disability, grade and which county you live in. You could be eligible for up to 7500$ to supplement the cost of your child’s therapy throughout the year.

A boy taking part in his therapy week thanks to The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities


How do I book my Swim Lab International therapy weeks using the funding?

Once your application’s been approved for The Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities, you’ll book your therapy weeks as usual via our website, and then go to MyScholarShop to purchase the week using your allocated funds.

We’ll be contacted directly via their system to confirm the payment, at which point your booking is secure.

Our unique combination of aquatic and land-based therapies help children with a wide range of neurological and developmental disorders, including Cerebral Palsy, dystrophies and rare syndromes, reach their full potential.

We understand every child has individual requirements. We spend time getting to know your unique needs and challenges to create a tailor-made treatment plan, which extends beyond your intensive therapy weeks.

We’ll work closely with you to inspire and empower your child to push past their limits and reach his or her goals, no matter how big or small.

Our children see massive progress during their time with us, developing or improving cognitive, physical and motor functions so they can enjoy more freedom and independence, boosting their confidence and self-esteem; but it doesn’t stop there. We engage your child with fun therapy activities which you can continue at home, using the resources we’ve given you for even more growth.

If you’re ready to apply for the scholarship, visit

A boy laying on colourful foam matting lifting a bar during an exercise with his pediatric therapist


Accommodation at the Ronald Mcdonald House in Jacksonville

The Ronald McDonald House Charities® in Jacksonville provides accommodation to children and their families who need to be near a hospital or therapy center for treatment.

Once you’ve booked your therapy week, you can contact them to arrange accommodation, along with meals and access to communal areas such as an indoor and outdoor play area. All you have to do is let them know you’re coming to a Swim Lab International therapy week, and they’ll contact us directly to confirm your booking.

Visit their site for more information

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