Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation Inc

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228 W. Lincoln Highway 301 Schererville IN 46375 USA

Mission:

The goal of ASDF is to support children with an autism spectrum disorder by providing information, education and financial assistance to their families and relevant community service organizations. Funds donated to ASDF will be used to address any and all kinds of issues in assisting children with autism and their families. By providing financial assistance to families and autism-specific organizations, together we are able to give autistic children and their families the resources they need to grow. In addition, we spread awareness by providing Early Detection Kits, free of charge, to individuals and agencies who work with infants, toddlers and preschool children. In the past five years, ASDF has provided direct financial assistance to approximately 1,427 families who have children on the autism spectrum. The financial assistance went for camp scholarships, iPads for children who are nonverbal, swimming lessons, horse therapy lessons and holiday gift cards. During the same period of time, we provided autism awareness information to approximately 2,478,000 new mothers across the United States through our autism awareness program.

Programs:

The foundation educates the public about autism; provides families tools and educational materials to assist in the early detection of autism as well as tools to treat children suffering from autism; and provides families of people suffering from autism with information on programs available to assist them.

the foundation provides financial assistance to the families and relevent community service organizations that help people suffering from autism.

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877.806.0635
http://www.myasdf.org/

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Hello! I am an Elementary ASD Educator in Detroit, MI and we are SO EXCITED to have received iPads for our elementary and middle school students on the spectrum. These iPads will be an invaluable enhancement to their communication and academic capabilities. These iPads will serve as sources of communication for our nonverbal students and will provide supplementary academic tasks for our students, as well. As a teacher, I am overwhelmed with joy at the thought of how much we can do and how much the children will grow by using these wonderful iPads. Many thanks to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation and a specific thanks to Mr. Michael Slutsky and Jan Coyer for their extensive patience and support in making sure that our students were blessed to be the recipients of these iPads. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your help!!!!!

 
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As president of Autism Pensacola, I am so very grateful for the day I discovered ASDF!! They have supported so many of our families in the Pensacola area through Christmas funds, emergency funds and support for our summer learning lab, Kids for Camp. Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation is a blessing to so many! They have made life a little easier, a little brighter by spreading hope and joy to many living with autism! Thank you!!

 
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As President/CEO of Autism Pensacola, I have been blessed to witness the impact on the lives of those with autism in our area that was a direct result from the generosity of Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. We have been blessed to be part of the Holiday Gift Card program for several years and I have seen many happy tears and heard many parents proclaim how their Holiday has been saved by this gift. In addition, for the past 4 years, ASDF has supported our nationally acclaimed Summer Learning Lab(camp) that not only gives kids a great time but teaches them and their teachers so much. The families ASDF supports are our most needy and they are so grateful every summer to have this life changing experience because of ASDF. I am so grateful and admire ASDF so much. Thank you for making a difference in Pensacola Florida!

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They continue to get better and better!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I first heard of ASDF when someone questioned me about their fundraising program. I then learned from the website that they fund camps for children with autism. We applied for and receivedover $10,000 to use to fund needy campers at our summer learning lab camp in Penascola, FL. They have also enabled us to support two needy families with basic funds for housing during a period of critical need. Additionally, ASDF has provided funds to support families in need at Christmas through our local organization. I am aware that they fund swimming programs, and therapies as well as camps. We are very grateful for the work of ASDF.

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Our area is one of the poorest in Florida. The families ASDF allowed us to support would not have been able to be a part of our summer camp without these funds. The two families helped with basic needs were at their wits end about how to continue when we were able to step in and use ASDF funds to make a difference.

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get more awareness of the good work they do. The high fundraising cost is because they use a professional fundraiser to make this happen. I think with time, this cost will go down.

 
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We are so grateful for The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. Because of their generous grants and scholarships we have indivu all come to summer camp who could never afford it. In addition, this year they have supported one of our families at The Bridge of Georgia with tuition so that they can put him at our school. We are thankful for a foundation helping us that genuinely seems to understand the heart of the communities we serve.

Blessings!
Tami Burt

 
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the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation has been a life-changing blessing to many of the families we serve. It is so exciting to see families be filled with joy at Christmas because ASDF has helped them have the funds to provide for their children during the holidays. It is a special blessing to me to get to share the good news with families after they have been selected to receive a holiday gift card from ASDF. I have had many situations in which families have had needs that overwhelmed them and when I have taken their needs to ASDF they always have been able to help in some way. ASDF has truly been a blessing more times than I can count to some families who are near and dear to my heart!

 
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I became familiar with The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation several years ago when a camper was provided funds to attend a camp I direct yearly for children with autism. Since that time they have funded more than 100 campers to receive a full scholarship for a week of camp they will always remember. There have been times that I have had one more camper ask at the last moment if there are any more funds and ASDF has always come through. It brings me so much joy to enter the camp season knowing that not one child has to be left out. Since that time our partnership with ASDF has given many families Christmas who simply could not afford gifts outside of the therapies needed by their child, and has given the gift of communication to a child who could not speak. They are always a joy to work with and they really seem to understand the needs of the families we serve.

 
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I am the executive director of a nonprofit private school for children with autism. We recently had a student that could not get to school because his moms vehicle was not working. She is a single mom raising a child very impacted by autism and simply did not have the funds for the repairs. ASDF stepped in and paid for the repairs to get this young man back in our school where he can grow and thrive! I so appreciate knowing that when my kids have a genuine need I can help them turn to this foundation to help them. Thank you ASDF!

 
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ASDF has been providing swim scholarships for students in my community for 3+ years. They are giving the students an opportunity to learn to swim and their families piece of mind that their children will be safe. Many children have benefited from the generosity of Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. We can't thank them enough!

 
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This organization is truly amazing! They are easy to use, organized and the donations come in a timely manner. They are excellent at communicating with you every step of the way. I am a middle school autism teacher and the students I teach love the IPAD minis. They have many uses including communication (for non-verbal students), education, and entertainment. They can even use them to take pictures and share. To see the looks on my students' faces when they receive the IPAD minis is priceless and the impact is far-reaching and life-changing. They can reap the benefits of the IPAD minis their whole academic career and beyond. This organization does amazing work for those with special needs!

 
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I am a speech pathologist who started a therapeutic summer camp near Portland Oregon, called Camp Yakety Yak. We focus on developing social skills and 80% of our campers are diagnosed with Autism. Since 2013, the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation has provided scholarships for 27 children to attend. What has impressed me most about ASDF is how supportive, easy and quick they are in responding to requests. They have no "red tape." No lengthy application processes. No restrictive rules and regulations. They get their funding into the hands of people who help children with Autism quickly. I am able focus on hiring and training the best staff and other administrative tasks to put on the camp, instead of filling out a lengthy grant application and waiting months to hear if I got it. Thanks ASDF for your professionalism and heart for children and families!

 
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My program provides supportive services to children with a diagnosis of autism. We work closely and intensively with these families to facilitate linkage to community supports and to coordinate care. As a case manager, my role is to deliver services that are autism-specific, child centered, family focused, and culturally competent. Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation Inc is truly a wonderful resource that offers support for children who are coping with ASD, by offering communication devices with the purpose of facilitating the healthy development of a child's communication and social skills. Two of my clients have been fortunate enough to receive these donations and the impact so far has been astounding. Many of our families are living well below the poverty level and are unable to procure such a vital tool on their own, however with the support of this organization the possibility is awe inspiring and endearing. It was a pleasure to collaborate with the team.

 
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During my first year of teaching SPED students with Autism and learning disabilities I was elated to find out about ASDF from my assistant who has a child with Autism at home. She encouraged me to apply since your organization has helped her son already.
My students are overjoyed and already benefiting from the numerous apps available. These apps are allowing the students to use reading programs and math matters that aren't offered free of charge on line.
We can't thank you enough!!!

Our heartfelt thanks from,
Cherilyn Robinson and Students
LEISD
HS-SPED TEACHER

 
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For almost ten years , I have been working with children and families as a behavioral support clinician particularly assisting children along the spectrum. In all my years as a behavioral support clinician , I have come to see how wonderful individuals along the spectrum are . These individuals are extremely gifted and intelligent. They possess great abilities and intellect . I encourage parents who have children diagnosed with this disorder to keep on and never give up especially with such tremendous support from organizations like ASDF. Great job ASDF . Keep up the good work bringing smiles to these special people and making families to smile.

Finally , one important skill I would like to transfer to parents is to put themselves in the world of individuals with autism to understand them. We have to talk like them , think like them , and act like them to understand them. Importantly , we must listen to their body language as a proactive measure instead being reacting when challenging behaviors occur.

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

Provide more encouragement , support and awareness.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Okay

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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I work with a variety of kids and teens with ASD, and tragically this fall one of my kids lost his dad suddenly to cancer. It was devastating for them and especially right before Christmas. The emotional burden is completely overwhelming to the family, but the cost of treatments and loss of income is also devastating. I was so happy that ASDF was able to send a holiday gift card for this family. It was a true blessing to them. They were in tears when I presented the card to them. Thank you so much ASDF for all you do to touch the lives of these truly amazing and very special kids!

 
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