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Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Disabilities, Health

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 the past seven years, ASDF has provided direct financial assistance to over 2,150 families who have children on the autism spectrum. The financial assistance went for camp scholarships, iPads for children who are nonverbal, swimming lessons, horse therapy lessons and holiday gift cards. During the same period of time, we provided autism awareness information to approximately 2,478,000 new mothers across the United States through our autism awareness program.

Programs: The foundation educates the public about autism; provides families tools and educational materials to assist in the early detection of autism as well as tools to treat children suffering from autism; and provides families of people suffering from autism with information on programs available to assist them. The foundation provides financial assistance to the families and relevent community service organizations that help people suffering from autism.

Community Stories

429 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for the incredible opportunity for my 11 year old son to attend Camp Odakoda East this summer. It was amazing! The staff and volunteers made it such a rich and enjoyable experience for my son. The camp gave him exposure to activities and socialization that he wouldn’t otherwise have had. At times he was challenged outside of his comfort zone, but in a safe and accommodating environment. And he was also allowed to just be, without conforming to expectations of a neurotypical environment. We could not have had this experience otherwise. I am eternally grateful! Thank you for what you did for our family, and so many others!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say THANK YOU enough to Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation.
Casey’s Healing Hooves Equine Assisted Therapy was founded to serve civilian and military children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. Equine-assisted Activity participants are diagnosed with a variety of conditions. With a scholarship grant provided from ASD we were able to provide 5 underprivileged families who have children diagnosed with Autism a full scholarship to participate in our program.

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Natalie J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two daughters with autism spectrum. they're home schooled and so don't get many opportunities to socialize and be around other children with medical condition similar. I heard about camp i am special from their therapist office and so I put an application in. I later found out the camp was overnight for 6 days and nights and the tuition was high. I almost lost faith in this opportunity for the girls to experience camp. I prayed hard and continuing seeking any solution to make this happen for them. I reached out to Autism spectrum foundation inc. and was overjoyed at their response to help us make the camp happen for the girls! I was at a loss for words, all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart. the experience has opened so many new doors for us and the girls surely had the experience to impact them for a lifetime! Thank you so very much !! My main hope is this organization can resume for eternity paving the way to these opportunities for our precious angels.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation has helped our family get the financial assistance we needed so that my little man could go to Kids for Camp this summer. This camp has kept my son learning and growing in between school years and has also allowed him to make friends and have so much fun in the process! None of which would have been possible for us if it wasn't for the generous donations given to Autism Pensacola so that my son, and others like him could enjoy their summers together at Kids for Camp. Thank you Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation! We are so grateful for all that you've done and continue to do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about ASD! They have been very helpful in donating funds and resources for christmas gifts and our summer learning lab. Without their great generosity my family would not have all these great opportunities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Help above and beyond what I could have ever imagined! I still get tears in my eyes remembering reading the email that day! Our family has been through a lot in the past year. In the mist of our mess Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation blessed us so very much. My husband has been off work since July of last year. He finally recieved a diagnosis earlier this year of a rare disorder. Our son is on the Autism Spectrum and I have been taking care of both of them. We had no income really since July of last year besides public assistance and our sons SSI (except our tax refund and income in January of this year) until June of this year. We were given a check last year which we used for many things. Our son was in his first year of middle school which can be rough on any child. We were able to get him some clothes, shoes, a coat, etc. We also got his Christmas. A PS4 with some games and a few other things he wanted like legos. We also got his supplements he needed from his doctors office. Also a few other things that needed taken care of. There is no way any of this would have even been thought possible as we were just struggling to pay bills and keep utilities on. With their help we were able to put a smile on our sons face and he was able to enjoy himself and have the Merriest Christmas possible (I say this as he was very sick over Christmas which combined with other things led to other issues which caused him to miss much of school the beginning of the year. He was able to ease back in but is still struggling to overcome some things.) Anyway... Thank you to the very special people that support this amazing foundation! If you are looking for an agency to donate to I highly suggest donating to Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation! They really are making a difference in the lives of people on the Autism Spectrum! Thank you again Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation for helping my family in our time of need, we really appreciate you!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not say THANK YOU enough to Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. With that I also have to say THANK YOU to everyone who is supporting ASDF! With everyone's support for this great agency we were able to have a truely GREAT & BLESSED Christmas! We are so greatful and appreciative for the Holiday Gift Card Program. PLEASE continue to support Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation in anyway you possibly can so they can continue to impact the lives of others in such amazing ways!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to ASD Foundation for financial assistance and sending my 13 year old son to Camp Odokota. Making friends and being accepted is a big deal to just about anyone but this camp allowed my son to enjoy the outdoor adventures, play games, and make friends. The camp staff were exceptional. At the camp they did skits, learned new board games, went canoeing, talent show, and did crafts and were served very yummy meals. He came home happy and tired in a good way.
We truly appreciate your assistance as we would have never been able to afford this camp. I am a single mother and love to give my son fun summer memories to cherish.
Thank you,
S. Johnson

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation provided the funds for my 3 year old son with autism to attend swimming class. We are so greatful to receive it! My son enjoyed every minute of swimming class and learned valuable skills that will assist with challenges due to this disorder, well as providing him with life saving techniques. Communicating with the foundation has been amazing and they have been so helpful to our family. We could never thank them enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been a Godsend to my son and I. Recently he received a target gift card to help fulfill his wants and needs for this Christmas. With the gift card, I will actually have the opportunity to provide my child with presents this year. Prior to finding out about this program, I had spent time being very worried about what Christmas would look like due to the financial strain that has occurred as a result of his recent diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Between the cost of occupational therapy, feeding therapy, speech therapy, evaluations and multiple physician appointments I felt extremely stressed. However, my search for help led me to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. This wonderful organization took the time out to respond to me quickly (most organizations will not), treat me with a respect and provided me a wonderful sense of empathy. I really appreciate the fact that they have been so amazing to my son and I. Thank you so much Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation!

With the most grateful heart!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Leslie and the picture is my daughter Ashanti. She loves Aaron Acres . She gets to see and do things at the camp that she cant at other times. This awesome experience is available to her because of your grant and the monies you gifted to the camp, without which she would not be going and would be sitting at home all summer long. Not a fun way to live, learn , laugh and love. I thank you so much for the opportunities afforded to her and love watching her blossom and grow more every summer. Thank you for the wonderful gift. Leslie and Ashanti

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Director of Aaron's Acres. We are a non-profit organization that provides year round recreational programs to children and young adults, ages 5-21 with developmental disabilities. During the summer, we have a camp program that serves over 200 children. As a result of receiving a grant from the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation, eight families who were facing financial difficulties were able to register their children (diagnosed with having autism) for camp. One of the campers on the first day of camp said, "I see my friend, Matt". Mom shared that her son never said the words "my friend". Thank you to this Foundation for supporting these families and for helping to create wonderful memories! Role: Professional with expertise in this field

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Director of Aaron's Acres. We provide year round recreational programs to children and young adults, ages 5-21 with developmental disabilities in central PA. This past summer, we were blessed with receiving funds from ASDF to support families who needed scholarships in order to attend our camp program. Now, once again, we are blessed with being able to give 12 families gift cards for the holiday season, paid for by this foundation! ASDF has been most generous to our organization and has truly helped our families. So many of our families face challenges as they raise children who have autism; by having this financial support from ASDF, their stress level is lowered and they feel taken care of by others! Thank you for your generosity; you are truly making a difference in our families' lives!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Jaxson was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. At the age of 5 we found Aaron’s Acres, a nonprofit program where kids of any disability can go to a school year and summer program and just have fun and be a “normal” kid! It is a break for my husband and I and our other two kids but it’s also a break for Jaxson to just go and be free from the sometimes cruel judgements of this world. Without them, our summers would be much harder to get through! Autism spectrum disorder foundation inc. makes all of this possible as well! With their funding and support Aaron’s acres is more affordable for any family and our family is eternally grateful for that!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Today in the mail we recieved a gift card from this great organization for our son Jaxson who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. Jaxson is 8 now and still nonverbal and everyday is a challenge! Sometimes being a mother of an autistic child can feel very alone. This gift card does not just hold monetary value for our family. It makes me feel like someone has remembered him, remembered our family and the struggles we face everyday. I can't express enough how much this gift card means to our family and how much of a difference this foundation makes to children with autism. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you and God bless!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are very Greatful for the combined efforts of Autism Pensacola and FSU CARD for the love offering last December for our son.
This was indeed a surprise and we are promoting all organizations associated with this fantastic outreach for our son.
The Parsons Family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We can not thank AutisumSpectrumDisorder Founsation enough. Our 14 year old son will be attending Camp Odakoda for the fourth time. This non profit makes sending him affordable for our family. Having a special safe camp just for sprectum kids is priceless. It’s life changing to feel encluded and normal for one week. Thank you, The Ho Family

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Four years ago we had a family in our program come in danger of having to leave the program because their personal finances simply would not allow their son to continue receiving services. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation came through for this family by covering the cost of the program for that year. This young man has now been with us since 2013. This child who was barely talking and would not allow his har to be cut and had difficulty following simple directions has come so far in these five years. In December we determined he could be ready to go to sleepover camp for a week this summer with his typical peers. We spent months working on skills like washing his hair, changing his clothes, following a schedule, and communicating well with others. This month, when the time came for him to go to camp, we felt that his therapist needed to go with him this first time, in order to assure a successful experience and to facilitate communication with his peers. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation came through again to pay for his therapist to spend five days with him, helping him achieve success at this camp. He came through camp with flying colors and we were excited about the other groups who took note and realized that a child with autism could be successful at camp. It has been my joy to partner with the ASDF to meet the needs of many children across the years. They are an amazing organization that help so many others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a parent to a 3 year old with autism, I am beyond grateful to Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation Inc. They generously provided funds to our local Pensacola Autism Summer learning lab(camp) so that more and more families(like my own... ) had the financial means to afford to send our kiddos -to young adults to an amazing summer camp! This camp has all trained staff applying the principles of ABA to help each camper reach and exceed everyday, socially & individually important goals. It makes such a difference in their summers, and lives and their families lives and our community as a whole. Thank you so much for providing us the opportunity to learn and grow and be accepted & blossom.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Erin and my son Hughston is 3 years old and has autism. We moved to the Pensacola, FL area earlier this year (2017) and found ourselves with lots of support, a great community, yet struggling to make ends meet financially. Thru a local group here we applied for help of a holiday gift card to help our family out and we were beyond blessed to be chosen as a recipient this year! I am not exaggerating when I say you made our season bright and we would not have been able to provide our family with a great meal and a special gift for our son without your generosity. Thank you for all the support you provide year round to these amazing, unique, special kids and adults and know you make a difference in our lives every Day. Thank you so much once again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to send my son Aron, who was diagnosed with autism in camp, but the cost was just too expensive, and then I heard about this wonderful organization that helps fund camp. I contacted them, they where just so amazing, in no time a check was mailed out to this special need camp. My family is excited to get a little break, and my son will get an amazing camp experience with top notch therapy. thanks to this wonderful organization and thanks to all the wonderful donors.
with utmost appreciation
, Miriam Dirnfeld.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I could not say thank you enough for the funds donated to Autism Pensacola for Kids for Camp. This program has made an enormous impact on my child’s life and we truly appreciate your generosity!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for your generosity to an amazing local Autism organization, Autism Pensacola. Your donation will help children and families get the support and programs needed to excel and further progress! From a Mom and volunteer :)

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Stephanie J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We can't express how thankful we are to the doners that helped all the children go to camp this year.

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AngelaO3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We cannot thank the ASDF enough for the amazing support for our Autism Kids for Camp in Pensacola. My children flourish each year from camp and thank you for helping it be amazing for them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We cannot begin to express how much the Christmas gift card program will help our family. We have 3 children and the 2 oldest are autistic and this is going to be the biggest blessing to us! Thank you thank you!!

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