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Causes: Autism, Disabilities, Health

Mission: Generation Rescue is the leading national organization that provides hope, information and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders. We are usually the first resource families turn to when facing a diagnosis. Generation Rescue educates, supports, advocates and truly empowers families affected by autism to achieve a better quality of life today and encourages healthy choices for future generations. Our vision is to prevent future generations from being diagnosed with autism. We continue to work toward this goal.

Results: Generation Rescue currently helps more than 25,000 families affected by autism spectrum disorders – offering programs nationwide that provide services on a local level and providing mentors in 39 countries around the world. We have a number of great ways to support families including more than 1,300 volunteer parent mentors (we call them our “Rescue Angels”), a toll-free hotline (fielding more than 5,500 calls each year) and an informative website with great tips for accessing resources (read by 25,000 people monthly). Generation Rescue also offers programming on autism treatments, a national conference, virtual and local conferences, links to helpful articles, recommended physicians, and medical grants to families who cannot afford critical treatments such as doctor visits, lab testing and nutritional counseling. We encourage families to visit www.generationrescue.org to learn about the many ways Generation Rescue can support them.

Programs: Generation Rescue’s programs and services are focused on providing support to families affected with autism; such as, grants for treatment, a forum for parents to connect and mentor each other, education and awareness, and support thorough a 24-hour hotline service. Rescue Family Grant Program Rescue Family Grants provide autism treatment for families who otherwise would not have access. Generation Rescue provides families a unique autism treatment program which is not funded by school districts, county programs, insurance or other grant-generating entities. Parent Mentor Program Generation Rescue’s “Rescue Angels” are parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder who have seen significant improvement or loss of diagnosis through the use of novel therapies. “Rescue Angels" volunteer their time to answer questions, give guidance, and provide referrals to local resources for families starting on their journey. Education Generation Rescue is a proud partner of AutismOne the largest US autism conference encompassing novel therapies, behavioral therapies, family advocacy, and physician and first responder training. Support Generation Rescue’s hotline is a resource and referral service, answering questions, addressing concerns, sending additional information and providing hope for recovery to families in need. Families can call (877) 98-AUTISM 24 hours a day.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Generation Rescue around 5 years ago. I had no idea what they do until I met all this families who came to the Generation Rescue Conference in Chicago. The support, information and solutions that they gives to families effected with autism is out of this world. I saw how people thanks them and Jenny McCarthy for what they did for them. Generation Rescure is the best non profit organization for autism.
I will support them and direct people to them as long as I can.
Keep doing the great job that you doing.
Shuki Moran
Exceptional Events

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue is one of the best and most dedicated groups helping families with children with Autism. Their staff genuinely cares and is invested in each family. It is truly a great organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue is an amazing organization that continues educate parents with kids with autism so to help save both time and money. I just attend the Autism Education Summit and learn about diet, supplements and digestive health to help support any child. They brought in so many experts in one weekend and each Dr. made time to answer questions and talk to each parent. Great learning experience and will be back next year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Generation Rescue!! Words truly cannot describe to joy we feel when we think about how much the entire staff and organization care about our little family. My son is 7 years old and he was a Rescue Grant recipient almost 2 years ago. Generation Rescue has helped us get to where we are today. The grant program provided us with guidance and direction. We are not sure where we would be if not for the grant program. My son has so much more understandable language, makes eye contact without having to constantly be told and most of all he is understanding others more. Since starting with Generation Rescue, my son has come out of his shell...a fog has been lifted and he is able to enjoy spending time with others and interacting with adults and peers. Generation Rescue is an amazing organization that we stand by. They give us HOPE ! We love the entire staff and the love and dedication they put into helping our kids and us. Thank you so much for all that you do for Dom and for your hand holding for us parents. We don't know where we would be without you.

2 Chrissy12

Client Served

Rating: 5

My twin girls both were diagnosed with Autism at 3 years old. We had no eye contact, they were completely nonverbal and we couldn't go out anywhere without a severe meltdown occurring. On top of this they had major health issues. I didn't know where to turn for help. I was overwhelmed, and could not afford the costly medical treatments on my own. I was referred to Generation Rescue and our lives changed forever.
My girls were recipients of the Rescue Family Grant. The grant provided education, doctor visits and crucial supplements that addressed so many of the issues my girls struggled with. We saw major improvement during the grant program that continues through today. My girls now have constant eye contact, they can tell me "hi" and I "love you". A lot of their health issues have improved.
There is no doubt in my mind that we would not be as far as we are today without the help of Generation Rescue. It is an organization that truly helps families affected by Autism. GR uses the donations received towards providing medical treatment that families could not otherwise afford on their own. This treatment makes a world of difference in improvement of the issues that impact our children's lives. It is an amazing organization of individuals that care so much about helping children and families affected by Autism. I recommend GR to all newly diagnosed families I meet. Generation Rescue gave us the hope for recovery.

1 Annette37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always felt the message Generation Rescue shares is a good one. Clean vaccines, educate yourself, and take certain steps to help improve your child's diagnosis. I find the information shared by this organization to be so valuable and the way they share it is available to everyone. They host the autism education summit every year where hundreds ofmparents come together to lrarn from Doctors and experts and it is always an exciting time. Its not just HOPE Generation Rescue provides but a sense of COMMUNITY that is everything to me and everyone I know that is involved. An excellent organization with an excellent purpose!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue -- is an amazing organization which I have come to love. My niece Caelan has autism and our family became involved with raising money and awareness for GR about 8 years ago. The programs and staff are one of a kind especially their Executive Director, Candace McDonald. They are extremely unique with their support to families - My family and I consider them family. They have moved the needle for their fundraising and passion for getting the "kids" access to doctors and treatments.

Michele135

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue is an amazing autism organization that I have been affiliated with for over 10 years. I chose to work with Generation Rescue because they have immediate help for families affected by autism. They offer guidance, education and financial support for those who need it. My family has helped Generation Rescue raise over $700,000 to help those in need of autism support. My 14 year old daughter has recovered from autism with all the things Generation Rescue suggests from first diagnosis to recovery. This organization is far superior than any other autism organization in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Because kids that have special needs NEED organizations like Generation Rescue to help them through their journey of life. Even greater than that, the organization provides the families with grants that can help them with strategies and treatments that could be otherwise be considered unattainable and expensive. And in the grand scheme of it all, Generation Rescue educates others through events such as the Autism Summit. I am proud to be a volunteer that has worked behind the scenes, met lifelong friends, and advocatesfor the superheroes in my life: my students and friends that are on the autism spectrum. Thank you Generation Rescue!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue provides what few autism organizations can...reliable resources, emotional support, and financial assistance to families who qualify. I have been a part of Generation Rescue's effort to help children and families on the spectrum since its beginning and am proud of the mission and accomplishments of this amazing organization. Not only does Generation Rescue offer hope to families and affected loved ones, it also does it in a financially and professionally responsible way. It's an honor to be a part of this incredible group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering and raising money for Generation Rescue for 9 years now. The assistance and support Generation Rescue gives families is tremendous!! So many families are lost when their child is diagnosed and GR helps them every step of the way! Many families wouldn't be able to afford the necessary assistance for their child if it wasn't for GR! They are literally changing lives with their dedication! I am HONORED to help every year!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Generation Rescue for 9 years now. We also hold a yearly event in Branson, Mo where all monies raised go to Generation Rescue!! So many families in my area have been able to do the bio medical grants provided by GR & their kids are doing amazing and are on their road to recovery. We support Generation Rescue because we know where the money we raise goes!! I love volunteering for all their events!! Meeting the families that their child has recovered from autism is the most rewarding feeling ever!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Generation Rescue for 6 years. This is the best foundation I have ever volunteered for. I have also been amazed watching kids recover with the bio medical grants. AMAZING FOUNDATION!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

1. Vaccines don't cause Autism-that myth has been repeatedly debunked.
2. Why do we have to "rescue" people with autism. They aren't sick. Their brains work different. People with Autism are wonderful and unique in their own ways. Using interventions and ABA strategies can help them lead a more "normal" life, but they don't need rescuing or fixing. That's just offensive to every person living with Autism.

Jessaggie04

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express the full magnitude of my love for this organization! We came to know Generation Rescue when my son was first diagnosed I checked out their website and received a lot of great information on getting help we needed. I attended their conference in Dallas and that's where our lives were changed forever. We were a Rescue Grant Recipient and it was the miracle I had prayed for. My son was non-verbal and in less than 2 weeks with help from the grant my son said his first words! A year and a half now after our grant ended I have a happy, healthier, very talkative little boy. We have a way to go still but we continue to receive amazing support from Generation Rescue. They truly care about helping families with Autism directly! They have given us a lifetime of hope and love when families like ours need it the most. I cannot recommend them highly enough and am forever indebted to this organization for bringing my beautiful son out of the shadows and for giving me the tools to continue our journey into healing.

Monique19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most caring, passionate and hard-working team out there!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has been Donors/Supporters/Volunteers for GR for a number of years thanks to 2 amazing friends who became WARRIORS to educate each of us. We are comfortable donating to GR because we have witnessed the guidance/education and support given to local families. We believe in RECOVERY!

Dianne14

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was not formally diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum until he was almost
21. However he was diagnosed with an intellectual disability, development delays and motor delays
before he was 9 months old. Through Generation Rescue we have seen many improvements in our
son's symptoms. Chief among the changes we made were in his diet
Gluten and Casein Free, supplements and the addition of specific medications to
reduce stress and inflammation. We also were referred to
doctors who specialize in Autism and neurological disorders.
Our son has made great strides in his confidence and ability in coping with sensory overload.
Generation Rescue truly cares about helping Autistic individuals lead the best life possible. They are a top-notch organization. I highly recommend GR to those looking for help dealing with Autism.

Chuck O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months. My wife and her best friend spent 48 hours straight trying to find the best organization to get involved with to not only help our daughter, but also use as a resource for additional help and guidance. They came across Generation Rescue and have never looked back. Whether through the amazing grant program that got our daughter on the road to recovery or the attention to detail that this organization gives to their clients, there is no substitute! We don't know what we would have done without GR!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Generation Rescue thru a friend who volunteers for them. The GR team has such great compassion for what they do and no question is to little to silly for them to answer. They do amazing things for communities and families thru their foundation and helping change the lives of some many!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored as well as volunteerd for Generation Rescue. Their program has helped out so many children's lives in our community along with many other places. They are truly making sure donations go to the children. There are so many non for profits out there and I chose Generation Rescue as mine. I have seen first hand how they help families with autism. Their resources available to parents is amazing. They are there every step of the way working with families towards recovery.

Michelle244

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped with Rock the Spectrum every year, and I was one of the first grant families in Taney County. I have had support since I got involved. This is a great organization that loves to spread awareness and help families!

Dawn85

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of this amazing cause for a number of years. It is very important to me that the money raised at the local events stays here locally to help the families of the children in need. Generation Rescue helps educate the public and raise awareness of the alarming increase of autism in children. They offer solutions, guidance and help to the parents. I feel honored to help this wonderful organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Alarmed by the rise in both diagnosis of autism and the need for more engagement/action, my wife and I sought an organization bringing fresh ideas to the forefront of education and treatment. We found this in Generation Rescue. They continually push the envelope for research, treatment, grant provision, education and are a very impressive charity. We're happy to donate our money, time and resources to their cause.

Martin Cody

dean.giordano

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporting GR for over 5 years. My wife and I have a beautiful Niece who was diagnosed over 8 years ago. With the help of GR and others she is on the road of a healthy recovery. I can't say enough good things about the staff and particularly Candace McDonald, Executive Director. Their professionalism, caring hearts and love of children and families is amazing. They Truly help those families in need to get the treatments that insurance doesn't cover. I consider it an honor and privilege to be associated with them and urge others to support these families in anyway they can

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Autism) in May of 2012. At that moment I didn't know how to feel or what to do, but I knew I had to do something! I didn't get any hope from his pediatrician or the neurologist that diagnosed him at the time. I just basically got a vibe from them that all hopes and dreams for my son's future where pretty much over. They advised traditional therapy and that was it. No real resources or treatment options were provided and I did not feel comfortable at all with their response. So, I immediately started to do my own research online and remembered seeing Jenny McCarthy on tv talking about her son and his journey with Autism. I then found Generation Rescue's website and began to become familiar with the site. I knew I didn't have money to take my son to see specialist or try different medications and therapies outside of the services he received at school. Lucky me I found a link on Generation Rescue's website to apply for a family grant for biomedical treatment. I was so excited to learn that we met all the criteria to apply! The process was by far the easiest I've ever been through! Shortly after applying I received an email stating that we were one of the grant recipients and life changed for us after that! I now had the hope that I'd been searching for. Because of GR my son was able to see a doctor that specializes in dealing with Autism. I would have never been able to afford that doctor's visit without the grant from GR. I also learned so much about how the body works and how the gut and immune system plays such a huge role in the health of the brain and the body as a whole. I wouldn't have known anything about biomedical treatment and what it can do to help children diagnosed with this terrible disorder! Not to mention the benefits my son has gained since starting the gluten free/casein free diet with the help of GR a litttle over a year ago. He is slowly making steps forward in the right direction and I am so thankful to GR! I couldn't possibly repay them for what they've done for my son. I hope to always have a relationship with GR and I always tell people about the awesome non-profit that helped me and so many others around the world. I can't think of a better experience..everyone was so helpful and knowledgeable throughout the entire 3 month study we were a part of. What more can I say Generation Rescue rocks!!!

Lakesha Collins
August 2012 Grant Recipient

Andrea81

Client Served

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue gave my son the opportunity to get the medical attention that he needed when they provided us with a 3 month grant for bio-medical treatment that has literally changed our lives for the better!! Thank you, Generation Rescue, for all that you do to support those families affected by autism!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my 20 month old son regressed into autism, I heard about generation rescue. I applied for their grant program, received wonderful diet advice and support, 3 months of supplements, testing and a visit to a doctor who specializes in autism.

My son's ATEC at diagnosis was 105. My son's ATEC after the 3 month program was in the 50s. He was making eye contact, smiling, stopped getting frequent illness, was able to interact with us more. This is worth any amount of money. We owe them everything, and are so thankful. My son simply would not be so far down the road to recovery if not for GR!

1 Jody D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Generation Rescue was new nothing short of miraculous! Through their grant program , I was able to finally initiate the diet protocols that seemed so daunting to do alone! Along with the all of the other amazing things they supported us with, we were able to do lab testings for my sons urine and stool and hair and determine causes of dis-ease and potential causes to
Why he was feeling and behaving so negatively before. After we learned more about how to use diet, supplements and additional biomedical consultation our life began to improve drastically. My son
Became more social, gained more language and just in general has improved. I know he is feeling better since he is less
Aggressive and more Communicative now. Autism is not a quick fix and these folks at GR know that. They are there to support the many families like mine who need help navigating a poorly understood disease that is completely life altering and debilitating to do with no direction. No one thing is right for everyone, but this was what was right for us! They are Angels in my book, especially Stephanie and Candace! They go above and beyond to reach out to our whole nation and make us all feel loved and know our struggles, this is huge! For once I felt like someone wasn't trying to take my money selling me snake oil! I finally felt like I could believe again! And I do!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Years ago , I remember hearing about Jenny MCCarthy's story in the media. It was very exciting to me to hear a story about a mother recovering her child from autism in the news because although deep within my soul I knew there had to be a way to recovery, I had only heard autism is for life, no cure, essentially a death sentence for my son. My doctor even told me i should mourn the son i didnt get! It gave me so much hope for possibilities after seeing her story, yet the reality of being able to access the protocol she had given her son seemed a mere fantasy. My thoughts were ,"yeah this is awesome, but unless I have the kind of money and influence to be heard, it's unlikely my son could ever have this same opportunity ." Boy am I delighted to admit how wrong I was. Fast forward six years later and I am having dinner with a friend , she tells me after hearing how desperate for answers I am about Generation Rescues Grant program. I'll never forget that night because its changed our lives in ways that I never dreamed possible. They helped us become gluten and casein free which alone did wonders for my son! But they also provided us with education, supplements, access to a DAN doctor, and ongoing support as we navigate through this pathway to healing. The most significant thing to share though for me is that my son is 14 years old. We've been looking for answers for over 12 years and feel like these ARE the answers that are helping to finally recover my son. I didn't know or see how his severe bowel and digestion problems were causing his behaviors. We've been treating the behaviors! But as soon as we treated the person, we received the healing we've been longing for!! Thank you Generation Rescue for providing my son with this life changing opportunity. We are so grateful and honored that you care enough to give this help to us and those in need!

1 Shannon24

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two sons with autism that received a rescue grant. They have made huge gains since July and I am amazed. We couldn't afford this otherwise. I am so thankful for GR.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am shocked by some of the reviews on this site that are trying to discredit Generation Rescue. They are one of the only organizations that is truly helping families with Autism treatment. My son was non-verbal, he never looked at me and doctors told me that he would stay this way for life. We received a family grant from Generation Rescue and we received one on one doctor consultations and started biomedical treatment. My son now calls me daddy, and looks me in the eyes. He continues to improve every day. We are grateful for the team at Generation Rescue and all the support they provide families who truly need help.

1 Stephanie107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leading the way to changing how the world sees autism and it's recovery.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They helped me through a very stressful time in my life. Right after my son's diagnosis. I owe them everything....knowledgable and so supportive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering my time to GR for years and am a proud support to this day!!

Love this org, love that they have helpful resources and dedicate their time to helping kids with autism!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue is one of the most altruistic organizations I have come across. They believe in recovery and provide families, such as my own, with hope, which at times can be very difficult to hold. Their website is such a great resource with information on both prevention and treatment options, with helpful links and other references.

I do not believe this to be an anti-vaccination organization. Nothing on their website or social media pages have suggested that they are against vaccines. I just watched a video on their page with Jenny McCarthy clearly stating, "I am not anti-vaccine." They simply believe in informed health decision and I think they are a great resource!

The staff is a caring and compassionate. I don't know what more could be asked of a Great Nonprofit?

4 Chris129

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Generation Rescue has done immeasurable harm to children, and continues to do so, by promoting an anti-vaccine position that is not based in any legitimate medical science. Every dollar given to this so-called charity is two dollars worth of harm to society. Save your money and your time for a legitimate charity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

You have to be kidding me. Jenny McCarthy has contributed to junk forwarding conspiracy theories that have been completely discredited by the medical community. If you go to any respected Autism organizations website they will likely have a FAQ that clearly states that there is NO connection between Autism and Vaccines. Jenny McCarthy should be ashamed of herself. Any money donated to this ridiculous cause is money that could have gone to actual science. I wish I could give fewer than 1 stars.