AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.13 stars   164 reviews

Issues: Disabilities

Location: 6903 Totem Beach Rd % Michael Slutsky Tulalip WA 98271 USA

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2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-8820570
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

We are thankful to ASDF for helping make the holidays better for 10 families we serve who would not otherwise be able to provide for their families at this time. Each of them have one or more children with autism. Thanks to ASDF who is willing to give to "the little person" currently struggling instead of just large research corporations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation helped numerous families associated with our organization, a school meeting the educational needs of children with an autism spectrum disorder, to attend summer camp as well as assisting them during the holiday season. Families are so deeply touched that there is an organization that wants to impact their lives in a real way, where they live, and help with specific needs. I don't know of another organization dedicated to helping families in such a practical manner--through education, camperships, and special funds.

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

encourage more people to give to them

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

Very Well

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?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As the director of a non-profit, I spend a good amount of my time raising money to support our programs for youth with an autism spectrum disorder. One of our favorite programs is our summer camp, Camp WANNAGOAGAIN!
Each summer we host 115 campers of all abilities from 5 years old to 20+ for two weeks. Our program is highly structured and staffed with experienced counselors. It's expensive. We are committed to never turning a youth away from camp because of money.
The ASD Foundation has helped us reach this goal for the last 4 years. They are generous AND they make it a simple process to request funds and to report who benefited from the money. We use it for Camperships and last year 10 campers were awarded Camperships using the ASD Foundations donation.
Thank you for all you do to help us work to our mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the executive director of a small non-profit. One of our signature programs is our summer camp, Camp WANNAGOAGAIN! We host 111 campers for 2 weeks. It costs $1,100 per camper. We raise enough money to cut the cost to families to $450. For many that is just too much. We don't say no to anyone due to money! Thankfully the ASD Foundation raises money too. Last year they sent 10 kids to camp! They helped 10 kids and their families. Camp week is also a time for respite for parents and siblings. Thank you for you support and for keeping the process simple, but accountable. It helps us work our mission.

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

None at this time.

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

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a middle school autism teacher. This foundation provided IPAD minis for my students at their Title I school. I cannot state enough how much thier generosity has impacted my students. These students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and do not often receive the same things that students from advantaged backgrounds receive. To see the joy on their face when they use an IPAD mini is priceless. These machines have numerous benefits for my students. They help motivate the students to complete their work and meet thier goals, they provide a source of information and also can be used to work on language skills. It is no secret that many students with autism experience a deep connection with the IPADs and the IPADs bring much joy and order to those whose lives are often lacking in both. In addition the student love to share the IPADs with each other and this helps them socialize with each other, which is another area that is difficult for them as well. The IPADs are the way of the future and I am confident that they will help special needs students in the future bridge the gap with thier peers in the general education classes as well as enable them to share in class discussions and group discussions with thier peers. Because many students with autism are visually oriented the IPADs provide a way for them to communicate because they can pull up pictures and websites to express themselves. This organization is amazing and they will never fully know the positive impact they have made on my students. Their contribution is much appreciated!!!!!!

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

This organization is amazing. I would not make any changes.

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

Very Well

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?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Executive Director of Stirrups 'n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center. We have many Autistic children that ride in our therapeutic program & I have seen "miracles" happen to these children when they become involved with riding a horse. I can't thank the ASDF enough for giving us scholarships for 4 of our children to ride for this coming riding season. So many of our children's families can't afford to pay, so we have chosen 4 of these families for your scholarships & I can't tell you how appreciative they are. The lives of these children can change dramatically as they learn to follow directions, sequencing, & being able to concentrate for the entire lesson!! Thank you so much for what you do, you are one of our Angels.

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

not change anything

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

Very Well

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a swim instructor for autistic children. I am fortunate to see them gain physical skills and confidence. The water is a fantastic sensory experience which soothes and calms. My students look forward to their pool time. They enter the pool area with smiles. Learning to swim is important for keeping these children safe. Families are strapped with the many expenses for their autistic child and these students would not have this learning without the sponsorship from ASDF!
ASDF has provided private lessons for many children over several years. The autistic students cannot manage the group sessions and need the one on one interaction that a private lesson affords. I am grateful for the opportunity ASDF provides me to work with these fantastic children. Thank you ASDF for funding private lessons to autistic students!!

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

Very Well

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?

2014

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I am a swimming instructor at Lydon Aquatic Center. I teach several autistic students. These students receive one on one instruction in swimming thanks to funding from Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. Without this funding, these families would struggle with one more expense in an already tight family budget. These wonderful children thrive in the water. They are drawn to water and its soothing and sensory qualities. Swimming provides an outlet for joy, exercise and freedom of movement. They learn skills that will keep them safe. Swimming is an activity that the entire family can do together promoting healthy family interactions. Thank you so much to Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation for funding this program. Their support is invaluable!

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

Very Well

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?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a professional in the field of autism and I run two camps each year for children with autism spectrum disorders. We generally serve about 100 children each year. Our goal is to serve families who don't always have the means for their children to have opportunities for special camps and such. Each year the good people of The Autism Spectrum disorder support at least twenty of our campers while they have a week of fun along with social skills, adaptive PE, sensory time, and other things that help them have a fabulously successful week. It brings me such joy to see the faces of these kids and their parents each time we have camp. We are enormously grateful!

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

Very Well

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a public school teacher of elementary students on the autism spectrum. For several summers, I have worked at Autism Pensacola's Kids for Camp, one of the programs supported by Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. Typically, we target a handful of skills and work on them intensely. One of my campers has never experienced anything like Kids for Camp. This camper has gained 16 new skills in the first 6 days of attending the 2014 Kids for Camp, and these are skills that were not even targeted! Simply by being in this specialized environment where staff are able to make every interaction a learning opportunity, this boy is flourishing! Thank you for your support Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation!

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

Very Well

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?

2014

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