Frequently asked questions

What type of things can I apply for? 

You can apply for anything that might empower your child with special needs to live a better life. We have created buckets that most requests fall into below: 

Variety Freedom– equipment, products and other services designed to improve a child with limited mobility’s access to his/her community.

Variety Caring – assists children with their medical needs other than mobility related resources. 

Variety Future Kids – special education resources and life experiences that help children communicate, learn, and get out into their community the way every child should. 

Can I send a partially completed application? 

All incomplete applications will expire 60 days after we receive them. All expired applications will be discarded and any personal information will be shredded.

What if I don’t have my tax returns to submit with the application? 

1. You can request a copy of your tax return transcript here

2. If you do not receive a tax return, please contact Amanda Ernst at 512-328-KIDS or by email at amanda.ernst@varietytexas.org

My partner and I are separated. Do I need to submit financial documents for them as well?

If your partner still contributes financially to the care of your child, please include financial documentation (1040 tax form) as well as documentation for child support.

I receive supplemental income from the government. Do I need to include documentation of this?  

Yes, if you receive supplemental income (SSI, SSDI, SNAP Benefits, etc.) please include formal documentation of the amount received.

Do I have to submit a denial from insurance? 

Yes, unless you are requesting an iPad or adaptive tricycle. If you cannot receive a formal letter of denial or the item is partially covered, please include the coverage details in your insurance manual pertaining to the item or service requested. 

Do you have an application in Spanish? 

No.

I have more than one child that needs assistance; do I need to complete multiple applications? 

Yes. 

How do I submit my application? 

As a non-profit, we try our best to use as much of our funds empowering children with special needs, not printing applications. Please submit by mail only. (See address on application.) Thank you! 

I need an extra vendor, recommendation, application, or feedback form, where can I find this? 

Links to all of our forms can be found at the bottom of the page at www.varietytexas.org/apply.

We understand that every child and their need is unique, so if there is any confusion with the application process, please contact Variety directly at 512-328-KIDS (5437) or email amanda.ernst@varietytexas.org.