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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

451 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dina A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a single mom with a 5 year old daughter who is Autistic. I had heard the benefits of ipad use with kiddos on the spectrum but had no room in my budget for that type of purchase. ASDF blessed us by providing this gift to us and my daughter loves it! We use it as a reward system and my daughter has responded really well to using the ipad. It's also a quick way to derail an approaching meltdown. It's an awesome tool to supplement her education and help her increase her ability to communicate. I'm so grateful for ASDF and all that they do!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We received such a wonderful blessing from ASDF. It greatly helped with his communication,anxiety, behavioral optometry, focus, his emotional well being and helped to supplement his education. It also helped to calm him when he is in sensory overload. His mood was very low and his behavior had changed. He has benefited from having an ipad in so many ways. This program is amazing!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a kiddo on the Autism Spectrum. We heard so much about the benefits of an ipad for children on the spectrum. We tried to figure out the means to purchase one, when I heard from a friend whose child is also on the spectrum, about Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. This Foundation is truly a blessing. It is definitely helping with behavior skills, education and communication and we are looking for other ways that will benefit him. We are truly grateful for the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. If we hand ten thousand tongue we coud not thank them enough.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation is so wonderful. I have students that are severely autistic and they depend on iPad devices to communicate. With the donations the foundation provided my students with iPads to help them with communication at home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single dad with a severely autistic daughter who is non verbal. Without this organization I have no idea honestly what I would have done. In the past my daughter used an IPad to communicate using an app called Proloq2Go. Her iPad over time stopped working because it was outdated and the IOS would not update. For several years my daughter has no had her iPad because I simply could not afford to buy one. My daughter has so many medical bills that I probably would have never been able to afford one. We did borrow one from a local loaning closet, for a month, but they took it back over a year ago. Since then we went back to P.E.C.S. I have cut pictures out for months and she usually gets so frustrated before she finds what she wants to say then she starts banging her head on the walls until her head bleeds. Without her iPad she has no voice and her behaviors go through the roof. I can’t blame her though. I have tried to only go one day in my daughters shoes. I tried to not say a single word to anyone just to experience the struggle she endures every single day. I honestly couldn’t do it. I got so frustrated as well. Thanks to this organization my daughter was blessed today with not just an iPad, but she was given her voice! I can’t put into words how thankful I am to them. This is a priceless gift that I will forever grateful for. Thank you Michael, Jan, and all the donators for giving my daughter and many other children with autism a voice.

David H.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

2 years ago I started as a camp counselor without knowing much about the lives of those who are affected with ASD. After attending camp it not only educated me about ASD and how it effects people with it and those around them. It showed me there is a lack of education and the need for this education, most importantly it's what the kids need. There is no greater gift than the one you can instill in the youth and Camp Odakoda does this! To see the kids blossom day by day and year by year is amazing. Giving them a place to feel safe to be who they truly are and that is Children, Individuals, Teens, People.... This year I was able to bring my wife and my cousin, next year 2 of my kids will be joining us as well.
Thank you ASDF for you support and making it available to others to be part of something bigger than ourselves.

Review from Guidestar

Kate Brewster W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has attended Camp for the last six years. He looks forward to it every year. He loves being able to go somewhere, where he can be himself and just have fun. This camp is about making sure every kid can have a camp experience. We can't wait until next year.

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1 Helle Karin S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of being a part of Camp Odakoda this year. It was such an amazing experience to watch these wonderful kids blossom throughout the week. Gaining friendship, learning new things, a place where they feel like they belong and can be themselves. Big thank you to ASDF for making it possible for children to participate in a magical place like Camp Odakoda!

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a counselor at Camp Odakoda, I greatly appreciate ASDF's support. Camp is a really wonderful place and provides unique opportunities for our community to connect with each other, learn new things, and be themselves in an accepting, accommodating environment.. That experience is only possible because of support from organizations like ASDF and their generosity makes a real, tangible difference in people's lives.

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Katherine C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been working as a counselor for camp odakoda for 7 years, 8 sessions! It's such a wonderful place for kids on the spectrum to grow and make friends. Thank you for your support in making the experience possible!!!!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation Inc. for their generous contribution to Camp Odakoda. I have been a counselor at Camp Odakoda since 2013. It is an incredible place, for kids on the spectrum, to come and be themselves, have fun and make connections with other kids. I am so thankful for kind organizations such as theirs who make such a huge impact not only on the campers but on the families of these children and counselors as well. Thank you for your support!!! We could not do what we do with out you!
-Katherine Cree, Counselor

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has attended camp Odakoda for two years in a row. This is such a special camp. Every child with Autism should have the opportunity to attend a camp where they get to feel normal. That is Camp Odakoda! Thank you for supporting campers who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial hardship. What a gift you have given not only that child but that family.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has attended Camp Odakoda for the past 6 years. It it the most amazing place. He feels so at home and happy to spend time with kids and counselors who make him smile. Thank you for supporting this camp. Life changing experience are having for everyone involved. Thank you

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son had never been to camp before this year, he'd spent no more than 2 nights away from home ever and he'd really struggled in group settings in the past, so we were anxious about him going to camp for several days/nights. To our surprise, he wasn't too anxious about the idea himself and actually looked forward to it. He had a great time, and he wasn't ready for it to end when I picked him up. It was cool how they had so many options of different things for kids to do according to their own individual tastes. They really do an amazing job of cultivating an environment where ASD kids can relax without pressure and just have fun and go nuts. I'm so glad we overcame our own anxieties about sending him off. It was a great experience all around.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son has loved going to camp for the past three years but this year was extra special. This year he had a friend go with him and he made a new friend! Making friends is always hard for kids with ASD so this is a big deal for all three boys. While my son didn’t need a scholarship both of the other boys did.

So thank you for making it possible for my son to make not just one new friend but to build on a friendship started at a social skills class. Since none of them go to the same school, Camp is where they could go to build their friendships. Thank you for your sponsorship.
Especially since I know your sponsorship also allows those paying full price to have a much smaller price. The full cost of camp would be a real hardship even for our family. We would probably have only sent him once or every other year.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son never wanted to go to camp. I think it just would have been another place for him to be excluded and reminded that he was different. That changed when he tried Camp Odakoda, where he felt included and valued. He got to be around people who had many of the same interests as he did, and he learned about new hobbies as well. He even made some friends who live nearby, who he can see outside of camp. He liked the food, which is tailored for picky eaters and offers lots of options. It was okay, even encouraged, for the campers take a daily stress break where they could use their handheld gaming devices. What a huge blessing this camp is to our son and his peers!

Review from Guidestar

Kayla F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year helping out at camp Odakota and I got to see first hand how this camp greatly impacts the lives of these campers. I spent many hours talking one-on-one with campers and loved hearing how important camp is to them and how valuable the friendships they make here are to them. This place is truly one of a kind and I can’t thank you enough for the donation that you provide to keep it going!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

Thank you so very much for all the funding you give to those who need it for Camp Odakoda. My son was able to go to camp for the first time this year all because of your generosity and I can tell you that it was a great experience for him.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you very much for all the funding you give to those who need it. My son was able to go to camp this year because of your generosity and I can tell you that it was a great opportunity for him.

Review from Guidestar

campyaketyyak

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear ASDF,
Thank you very much for your generous support of our sons, Daniel and Joshua. Camp Yakety Yak is an annual piece of the developmental processes for our whole family. Thank you for assisting us in being able to get our boys to camp! We are grateful!

-Posted by Camp Yakety Yak on behalf of client

Client Served

Rating: 3

Despite receiving a ranking of zero stars from Charity Navigator, ASDF does manage to provide $500 scholarships every year to children attending Camp Yakety Yak, a "reverse-inclusion" daycamp in Oregon. These scholarships are crucial in helping families to pay for the camp, which (due to the need to hire specialists to work with the campers) costs significantly more than other local daycamps.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for the support of our children. Our kids both went to Camp Yakety Yak this summer. Both enjoyed the chance to be with other students and not worry about their special needs. The counselors were kind and patient and knowledgeable. Both my children had a chance to share their interests and to lead groups of students in activities, both big steps for them. Perhaps the best way to share the goodness is that both of them want to go back next year and to work their way into being counselors themselves. Thank you for the donation and support of CYY, our children and all children. It truly makes a difference in all of our lives.