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AUTISM PENSACOLA INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Disaster Aid, Education, Health, Human Services, Safety Education

Mission: We are Autism Pensacola, a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving the families of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Since 2002, we’ve served individuals and families affected by autism as the leading connector and resource for autism support, advocacy, education and networking opportunities in the Pensacola Bay Area. As a community connector, we are a beacon of light in the darkness, and a source of answers in all the uncertainty. Along with our partners, members and supporters, we are connecting people to answers that matter, working to improve lives and livelihoods, one family at a time. We want to change the way our community thinks and feels about autism. Relationships drive our mission to maximize access to the best care and support for individuals and families affected by autism. As the largest network of parents, physicians and supporters in the community, we are helping families maximize and realize their potential to prosper, shifting the conversation from mission impossible, to mission achievable. Together, we help families connect the pieces.

Results: Kids for Camp We have served the local area for 16 years with best-practice training for educators and quality programming for those on the spectrum. To date, we have provided training for more than 300 educators and served more than 275 individuals with autism, ages 2-25. Project Lifesaver As of 2018, we have 37 families enrolled as part of our Project Lifesaver program. Trainings In 2018, we offered an Autism and safety training to first responders from our 2-county area. 68 attendees represented Escambia County Fire Rescue, Pensacola Police Department, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Escambia County EMS, Escambia Public Safety, Milton Fire Department, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and the Pensacola Fire Department For the seventh year, we offered a training on Community Inclusion in Recreation. This year, attendees represented the following organizations: Pensacola Parks & Recreation, YMCA of Northwest Florida, Pensacola Mess Hall, First City Art, Creative School Age Childcare, Pensacola ATA Martial Arts, Pensacola Little Theatre, and Ministry Village Early Learning Center. In 2018, we began offering #AutismFriendlyNWFL Trainings, Autism acceptance and awareness training for businesses. Trainings were provided to Chili’s Nine Mile, First United Methodist Church Pensacola, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola Kids Dentistry, Sims Orthodontics, and 90 Works.

Target demographics: improve the lives of those living with autism

Geographic areas served: Northwest Florida, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

Programs: Kids for Camp, a summer learning lab for those with autism ages 2-25, using best practice techniques, specifically Applied Behavior Analysis. Project Lifesaver is a program offered to individuals with any developmental disability, who are at risk of wandering. Project Lifesaver is a program that features bracelets that emit a radio signal that search and rescue personnel can use to track and locate an individual who is missing.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best non-profit in Pensacola hands down. Autism Pensacola offers Project Lifesaver, a summer camp, social events for families, and more. Volunteering for this organization has been life changing for me.

AngelaO3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thankful for the support API has given to our family throughout the years since our kiddos diagnosis! Holidays and every day we are so happy to be a part of this organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Autism Pensacola has been absolutely phenomenal! I thank God for them and their hard work and caring hearts. I truly dont know what I and my family would have done without their help. They really go above and beyond.

Michelle Leigh S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Autism Pensacola is the most amazing charity. This year has been really rough on my family. Not only did they refer us to two other organizations for Christmas help, but also awarded us a Christmas gift card! They helped me remember the magic of Christmas! Thank you, Autism Pensacola!

Shanan C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Before Autism Pensacola, I felt alone in this world. After discovering this wonderful non-profit organization, my family now has a sense of belonging in the community. We participate in tons of social events throughout the year and even caregiver support groups! Thank you API for making a difference in the lives of my children and myself!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The same week my son was diagnosed with Autism, I found my way into the Autism Pensacola office, once inside I felt surrounded by support. Support I never thought was out there for my family. I have grown with this organization, my son as grown with this organization in ways that are nothing but success. I am filled with joy when speaking about Autism Pensacola. The connections we have made improve my son's life in every way. From schools, therapist, friends and support groups. I cant imagine what our everyday life would be like without API!!

Stephanie J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We received a gift card from the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. It is going toward my son's Christmas presents. I just want to say how happy he will be on Christmas morning and how greatfull we are for this opportunity to make him so happy.