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Warriors For Autism Incorporated

Rating: 4.94 stars   51 reviews 2,794

Nonprofit Issues:

Disabilities, Environment, Health

Address:

Warriors For Autism Incorporated 3416 W. Main Street Tampa FL 33607 USA

Mission:

We are a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to enlighten, enrich and empower the lives of families on the autism spectrum through our efforts to provide inclusive programs and services to the community.

Results:

We are presently embarking upon our 5th consecutive year of summer camp on the horse farm and we couldn't be more excited! Due to the generosity of many we were able to create a safe & sensory camp setting for many children who would normally not have the access to this type of experience. Camp has tripled in size from our first year and we have had the opportunity to help more families than we ever hoped. We are now looking for help from the community and individuals who will help fund the projects of expanding our project for the upcoming year and help us to create an organic gardening project for the children.

Target demographics:

Children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum in the Tampa, Clearwater & St. Petersburg areas.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

50 new children were able to experience our summer camp program. Others benefited from our establishing a sensory friendly monthly playdate! We are grateful to have had so many families enjoyed our FREE sensory friendly 4th Annual Winter Extravaganza Event!

Geographic areas served:

Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg

Programs:

An inclusive summer camp program on a horse farm for children with ASD and their siblings ages 5-15. Mini-camps during off-school breaks. Sensory/Allergy friendly holiday events for families throughout the year. An adaptive martial arts program for children aged 5-15 to work on balance, speed/agility, hand/eye coordination and basic martial arts. Currently working on creating programs for respite care and agricultural interests.

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813- 857-1698
http://www.warriorsforautism.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 11 year old son attended for the first time this year. We just moved in the area and was concerned about so much transition. However, he found comfort and excitement going to this camp everyday. His verbal skills are limited and was asking to go back! He has never done that before. Deena and staff are incredible with the children. It was like dropping them off with a family member that understands and loves your child. He can't wait to go back next summer.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Its been really hard for me to find a place for my son to go during the summer... this group is amazing! They knew exactly what to do with my son and did such a great job, and most importantly- He LOVED it. Cant wait for next year. Deena is amazing!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is our child's second year attending Horse Power camp. It is such a great experience for him. He loves all the animals and is learning responsibility, self control and social skills. Deena Rivera and staff are caring, relaxed and knowledgable. We hope to be back next year!

 
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Our family found out about the summer camp when we received a flyer from a friend. After researching Warriors For Autism, we decided to visit the camp to see if it would be a good fit for our 9 year old child with autism. We stopped by to just to look around and were greeted by Deena. She was kind enough to spend some time with us and give us a tour. Our child absolutely loves animals, so he was in heaven! We were so impressed by the warm reception and the relaxed atmosphere. We love the diversity of events available for the children (horseback riding, swimming, caring for the animals, etc...) We felt our child was in a safe, fun environment with attentive supervision. The counselors were great at encouraging the children to be actively involved in the activities. We felt they truly cared about our child. He seemed to really enjoy each day. Our child only participated in one week of camp, but we will definitely be looking to enroll him for more sessions next summer!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This is the second year for my son at camp. He loved it so much the first year only attending for two weeks. This year he attended the entire length of the camp. He enjoyed every minute of it. The volunteers and those working with the kids have a great understanding of the many issues that come with autism. They really made a point to get to know each child. My child is limited verbally (other than scripting and echolalia), yet still made a point to tell me that he fed animals, played on the playground, and road "Snowy"(one of the horses at camp). He also wears sound canceling headphones most of the time at school, yet he was able to ride a horse without them this year. My son made friends and loved everything about this camp. I cannot wait til next summer. I just wish this program was available year round!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

This is our first year attending Warriors for Autism camp. I wish I had found this several years ago. At first I was apprehensive about leaving my minimally verbal child with people I didn't know. I was instantaneously put at ease upon meeting Ms. Susan.The first day I was amazed by the creativity of the converted school bus "clubhouse". My son was excited to say the least. He wanted me to leave so he could get on with his camp. When I picked him up I was overwhelmed to see my little guy riding on a train...yes, one that looks just like Thomas the train! He loved it. There is a pool/ water play, playground equipment and many many animals. There is great attention to detail I in all aspects of the camp. My son has never really been around animals so this is a leap for him. He is feeding, grooming, and even riding horses. I cannot say enough about how lucky I feel to have enrolled my son in this camp. There are not that many things really available for kids that are not high on the spectrum and this camp has room for all! I just wish I had signed up for more than two weeks! We will be back next year!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would change nothing! I would only hope for greater fund raising power to continue to maintain and improve the facilities. The owners/management are clearly extremely creative and additional funding could only allow them to continue their mission?

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I became a Warriors for Autism board member after realizing the great dedication and commitment the group has towards helping local families with autistic children locate the resources they need to educate themselves and assist their family. There are many groups that will accept your donation towards much needed research, which is great, but very few local Tampa area groups that will put those funds directly towards helping your neighbor. Warriors for Autism strives to enlighten, empower, and enrich the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders and I would say they are definitely succeeding in this effort!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Warriors For Autism is an exceptional, caring and truly unique organization helping families affected by autism.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

My first summer volunteering with warriors for autism. The kids are incredible and the program is amazingly stimulating for the kids. Can't wait to volunteer again

 
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2 people found this review helpful

This is an amazing program for children with autism and autism spectrum disorder. My grandson loved his week there so much, he asked to go back again. They provide a variety of things to do, riding horses, feeding all the various animals, swimming, crafts. They have a great staff of volunteers, so they are very well supervised. Deena is an amazingly patient and fun administrator. Thank you for this program

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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2 people found this review helpful

This is the second year that my daughter has been going to summer camp with Deanna and Warriors For Autism. It is a fantastic program!! I wish it was available all year long! Deanna is wonderful, understanding and just fabulous with all the kids. The setting is great too because there is so much for them to do and the learning potential is endless. My daughter loves attending the camp and has developed more social skills and friendships. I can't say enough good things about Deanna or her program. I highly recommend it!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Deena Rivera ROCKS! This is an amazing organization and we are going to be doing big thing to help them!

 
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