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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 addition, we spread awareness by providing Early Detection Kits, free of charge, to individuals and agencies who work with infants, toddlers and preschool children. In the past five years, ASDF has provided direct financial assistance to approximately 1,427 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

304 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

Zeph and Ben are my very sweet 10 year old twin boys who were born very premature. Ben is diagnosed with autism and he is limited in the types of activities he likes to do. He is non-verbal, but does use some sign language to communicate what he wants. Zeph is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and is also non-verbal and non-ambulatory. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation has been a blessing to us through a large gift card for Christmas gifts for both Zeph and Ben. What a provision! Thank you to this organization for their generous gift to our twin boys!

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!

Joe M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our son Charlie celebrated his third birthday today. Last week he received an i-pad from ASDF. This will be a most useful tool for him as he is almost non verbal. My words can't begin to express our gratitude for this wonderful learning/communication device, it will truly change his world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We receive an IPad as well as a holiday gift card. We can’t express how much this has help our family. Our little is non verbal and this has help her communicate in so many ways. A child with autism has very many challenges and too know that we are not alone means so much. We are truly thankful for this nonprofit organization and thank you everyone for your donations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We received an IPad that otherwise I couldn't have afforded. For my Son Hayden who is low functioning and non verbal this is an invaluable tool! So Thankful to the help and work they do for our families!

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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Director of Aaron's Acres which is an organization that provides year round recreational programs to children and young adults, ages 5-21 with developmental disabilities. This summer, as a result of receiving scholarship funding from ASDF, 8 families (that have financial limitations) are able to enroll their children diagnosed with having autism to our camp program. Without this funding, scholarships would not have been provided to these families resulting in their children being at home most of the summer, without opportunities to work on socialization and communication with their peers. Everyone involved with our organization is most grateful for this type of support!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single parent of 2 autistic children, who was down on our luck this Christmas. Autism spectrum disorders foundation sent both my children iPad minis which will help their ability to learn. Not only did they help with that they also sent them both Wal-Mart gift cards that will enough to buy their entire Christmas presents. Autism spectrum disorder foundation and their programs are a god sent. Thank you for everyone who donates to such a good cause. Everything donated goes to the children and I will be eternally grateful for your generous donation.

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2 Cbrewer

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ASD Foundation came through again for my students. I have 4 new students that did not have ipads to use at home. My new students received their new Ipads this week. Thank you so much for all your help. Thank you to all the donors that donate to this foundation. My students families are so happy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a teacher and my students were in need of Ipads to communicate effectively at home and in the classroom. I wrote the ASD Foundation to see if they could help. All 8 of my students received Ipad minis to have at home. I really appreciate this foundation and its donors for caring for students with ASD.
C. Brewer

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation has been a huge blessing to my family. My son is 8 years old and he is on the more severe end of the spectrum as he is nonverbal. I have been wanting to get him an ipad for some time now but just didn't have the extra funds to do it. I have applied at big name organizations in the past that have claimed to be giving out ipads but was never selected. I had basically given up on getting one through an organization. A friend told me about ASD foundation because she got a gift card last year so I applied as well and not only did my son get an ipad but also a gift card as well! I felt like we had won the lottery. He immediately took to this ipad and has loved it since. I immediately went to walmart and used the gift card to buy him a good sturdy case for his ipad so it would stay protected. I can't wait to take the rest of the gift card and buy him Christmas gifts. ASD foundation has been a huge blessing and I would recommend it to anybody that is looking for a good charity.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The autism spectrum disorder foundation was a huge help in making Christmas happen for four year old son. I am a single mother trying my best to raise my children. Thank y'all so much in contributing to putting a smile on my child's face this holiday. Without your help this would not be possible. Happy holidays and god bless!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This gift card was such a blessing for my family. I have a 4 year old autistic son and I struggle with providing for him. I didnt know where I was going to get help from and god blessed me with Autism Foundation. Thank you so much!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for the holiday gift card that was sent to us for our ASD son!

Samantha Swiney B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single mother of four very unique children. This year has been very hard for us and I am in the process of being "released" from our lease in our home. Not everyone understands "special needs" and our loudness isn't smiled upon in our complex. After having to pay a deposit and rent for two places in one month my funds are depleted; Without the help of this foundation my sweet babies would have no Christmas this year. Thank you so much for stepping in when everyone else has stepped out.

Christensen J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I are so thankful for the autism spectrum disorder foundation! They have helped my 3 year old who is on the autism spectrum more then they will ever understand! Last year around Christmas time they sent us a gift card for him to target and we were able to get him so many things we would normally not be able to afford. This year they sent him an iPad. I cannot put into words how much this has helped us and him. Apple iPads offer so many helpful apps for autistic children. It is a way for him to escape. To learn, and communicate. This is a great foundation who helps a lot of children. It is so hard to have a child with special needs. It's all worth it but it's not easy and having great non profits like this too help take the load of a bit is simply wonderful. Thank you!! - Jennifer Roach and family.

Elizabeth P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and i are dealing with a crisis and i reached out to anyone who would listen. ASDF replied and gave my son and my family assistance during what has been one of the toughest experiences in our lives as a family. I'm very very thankful, thier help and support was a huge blessing to us. I can't express my gratitude enough. Thanks again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a blessing...I can’t thank you enough for this generous gift for my special boy! Things have not been going well Shane’s sister has just been diagnosed with Crohn’s/ulcerative colitis..It’s been a rough couple of months, I just want to say what a lift of my spirit this is,Thank you for blessing families like us with your kindness and generosity! May God bless and keep you and multiply many blessings back to you in return! God Bless- Sherry,Shane,Sara

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place has been amazing to my family. We are in a very hard spot on our lives and need things for winter , saftey , therapy we never could imagine they would cost so much. I cannot work as I need to be home with our ASD SPD son all the time. We have received some help and are getting started on this journey making our babies life a bit easier and safer. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

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Kelly S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Lil jeffy has recently been diagnosed with autism and the town I live in doesn't have any resources to help families here in any way not even to help teach about this disorder we pay for everything out of pocket with no help from the state this year has been extremely rough for us we lost both my parents within a month of each other and it seemed to go down hill from there when I was at the end of loosing all hope feeling worthless as a mother because I couldn't provide what my children needed with little information on were to reach out too I found this foundation I emailed them and within days they gave me hope were I had none they gave me gratitude for the smallest of things when I had lost the gratitude I had thank you so much for giving back to me what I had lost I sometimes forget to enjoy the little moments because it's those moments that help us see the light in the darkness

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The funds provided by this organization has allowed one of my students to participate in an after school Gardening Program for students with AU. Participating in this program has been life changing for him. He has grown in so many ways! He has not only learned important life skills but he has made so many new friends and memories. Thank you for your support!

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