Mission: Providing information and referral services for families of autistic children, technical assistance to service providers working with autistic children, promotion of applied research, and assistance in program development for autistic pennsylvanians.
Programs: The overall goal is running an annual summer camp to fulfill a regulatory requirment for an extended school year for children with autism. Serving an average of 60-90 autistic students per year since 1974, our effort focuses on improving and expanding the summer camp's program for education, recreation and development of community social skills.
the overall goal is providing assistance in program development for autistic pennsylvanians. This includes regional training of law enforcement, legal and judicial professionals' ability to effectively communicate with juveniles with autism who get caught up in the justice system.
the overall goal here is multi-faceted in that it requires ongoing attention to building awareness of the needs and potential of those with autism in order to increase their acceptance at various levels of social and community living their diverse functioning levels may enable. To this end, our efforts include presentations to public and private school students and staff; instructing parents on how to access and best utilize existing care, treatment, and adult transitional resources; training staff, parents and those with autism for travel, and utilization of transportation; collaborative tutoring of autistic students with s. T. E. M. Skills; promoting and accessing workshops and guidelines and approaches for caregivers, teachers and treating professionals in increasing social and vocational copeability skills; ongoing education of government officials and policymakers on needs and realistic expectations of those with autism; and finally, fostering establishment of a full continuum of appropriate programs and services.
Where are this charity's IRS returns and board member list? I came here to see how they spend their money so I could know I was doing the right thing by checking "donate now" box.
There is nothing on their web site to verify income, expenses, nor oversite.
This statement on Guidestar profile seems highly unlikely as zero Autism Society Chapters have research capabilities - they are advocates, not scientists: "We are beginning a new fundraising campaign to restore funds that have been eliminated by recent unexpected federal funding cuts for our Pittsburgh Autism Research Centers for Excellence."
I will not be donating to this organization after reading this post because there are too many unanswered questions and some frankly unbelievable claims. Thanks for posting what you do; it helps us make better donor decisions.