Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.3 stars   203 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Health

Location: 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-8820570
877.806.0635
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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