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Critical Needs

SEF accepts applications for critical needs at any time.

The Foundation provides immediate funding for critical needs to help individual students succeed in and beyond the classroom.

Adaptive & Assistive Equipment

SEF accepts applications for adaptive equipment at any time.

Through a grant from the Tilles Foundation, SEF is able to support SSD students by purchasing adaptive equipment that allows positive social interactions, fosters independence, and builds confidence. The grant provides funds for not only augmentative communication devices, but also adaptive equipment and technology.

Teachers should fill out the initial application. Once the application is received, SEF will contact the parent(s) to complete the Parent Next Steps form. Both forms are required to complete the application process.


SEF is now accepting applications for Kid-to-Camp.

Camp programs help to maintain social skills and educational momentum for students with disabilities over any extended academic break.

Dana Brown Teacher Mini-Grants

The Dana Brown Teacher Mini-Grant program supports innovative projects that enrich a student’s learning experience in and beyond the classroom. Please remember to fill out the feedback form. For mini-grants awarded in May of 2022, feedback is due by March 1, 2023 or upon project completion.

Arts in the Classroom Program

To apply for an Arts in the Classroom grant, please complete the Dana Brown Teacher Mini-Grant application.

The John Cary Scholarship

SEF is no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year.

The John Cary Scholarship will be awarded to seniors bound for post-secondary education who reflect the characteristics most admired by John Cary – resiliency, courage and determination. Students, with the assistance of their parent(s), should complete the initial application and submit it online. Once the application is received, SEF will contact the teacher to complete the Teacher Next Steps form. Both forms are required to complete the application process.

Fred Saigh Leadership Academy

SEF is not currently accepting applications for the Leadership Academy.

The Fred Saigh Leadership Academy broadens student horizons beyond the classroom through new and unique community-related opportunities. An SSD teacher must recommend a student for the Leadership Academy and complete the online Nominate a Student form. The student must fill out and submit the application. Both forms are required to complete the application process.