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.
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EIN 20-8820570
877.806.0635
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter Nya Layne 1s 12 years old and has Autism. She recently received a scholarship from your organization to attend Stone Soup Camp in Monroe, GA. I would like to give you a HUGE thank you for this. Not only does my daughter absolutely love this camp, my other daughter Najah volunteers at it every year because the extraordinary people there and her enjoyment of givning back. Thank you so much for your kindness.
Sincerely,

Robin Layne

 
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My son received an iPad mini from your organization and the look on his face when i opened the box and showed him what was inside brought tears to my eyes.We are currently struggling financially at the moment so to receive a gift like this for our son was truly a blessing.Everyone in our household was thankful and inspired by your organizations graciousness and to show our gratitude we have pledged to help others just as your organization has helped us.Our family sincerely thanks the people at Autisim Spectrum Disorder Foundation INC :)

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2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We really appreciate the scholarship that you generously provided for our son to attend Camp Yakety Yak. This camp has been so valuable for Logan. Having autism makes it difficult for him to handle typical camps. We tried, but it always proved frustrating for Logan and the people trying to work with him. At Camp Yakety Yak, his special gifts are appreciated and his challenges are handled with compassion, skill, and care. Plus, his neurotypical sister gets to attend with him! This will be Logan's fifth summer at Camp Yakety Yak! We can't imagine a summer without this camp. Thanks for helping us provide this wonderful camp for our son!

 
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A big thank for your generosity and kindness to ASD Oregon. Because of you, several children on the Autism spectrum are able to attend summer camp at Camp Odakoda who would otherwise be unable to do so! You are amazing! You made the kids so happy. Thank you!

 
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We are very thankful to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation for providing our family a gift card for Christmas. This made it easier for my husband and I to provide our kids things they needed. My husband is the sole breadwinner for our family so the gift card really helped out. What a true blessing the ASDF program has been for our family. We really appreciate it greatly. Maria C

 
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Dear Mike,
There is an incredible world out there for therapy style apps. My Dgt. is having a fabulous time reviewing her loaded i pad. She is coming out of her shell. She has found an app for Charades. (truly a shocker) She is talking and acting out the Disney characters-once with a stranger in the doctor's office waiting room. I never dreamed she would open up like this.
Thanks so much,
Dawn

 
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ASDF has provided numerous scholarships for families who are unable to afford the cost of therapeutic riding services at our center. The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship is extremely grateful for ASDF's support in helping us improve the quality of life for kids and adults on the spectrum. The participants who have benefitted from the scholarships have each made significant progress towards their goals.
KSanchez

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2014

 
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I am using this opportunity to say a big thank you to the ASDF foundation for providing my son with an iPad. Ever since he started using the iPad, he went from non verbal to verbal. He now talk in sentences. When people who knew him when he was nonverbal see him, they are usually in awe as to how rapid his change took place. Thank you so much ASDF
Sincerely,
R.s

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2013

 
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My son, Connor, has limited communication skills and his speech is mostly unintelligible. The Ipad provided by the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation has opened a whole new world of communication for Connor.

Prior to the Ipad, Connor had a bulky, heavy assistive technology device which he rarely used, probably because it made him feel so different. Now, when his speech is unintelligible, he pulls out his Ipad installed with TouchChat, and clarifies his speech; this is a significant benefit as it minimizes the frustration for both Connor and his communication partner.

The Ipad has also provided Connor with other communication options. For instance, he uses the Ipad to take pictures of places he has been such as Jimmy John's, Giant and Staples, or anything he finds interesting. The pictures are a great way to initiate conversations, sharing his interest and adventures with others.

In addition to the improved communication opportunities, there are so many educational applications that hold Connor's attention.

The Ipad has not only had a significant impact on Connor's life, but our family life as well, by providing some insight into Connor's thoughts which would otherwise be inaccessible. It is said, "The way we communicate with others and with ourselves determines the quality of our lives"; the Ipad provided by your organization has changed the quality of Connor's life and those around him.

With much thanks and appreciation to your organization and staff.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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