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Causes: Autism, Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases Research, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Health

Mission: Unlocking autism, founded in february of 1999, grew out of a concern that children were being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders at an alarming rate and yet the public was uninformed. Our primary mission for the organization is to bring the issues of autism from individual homes to the forefront of national dialogue. We strive to join parents and professionals in one concerted effort to fight for these children who cannot lift their voices to the nation for help. We work diligently to educate parents about pending legislation, existing laws, as well as biomedical and behavioral treatment options. We assist parents of newly diagnosed children by providing direction through our parent 2 parent network and support hotline in an effort to network families across the country. We raise funds for biomedical research, behavioral research and projects. We work to increase society's ability to work with and understand people with autism. We strive to help those on the autism spectrum reach

Programs: 2013 accomplishments for unlocking autism:-hot line usage maintained an average of 3500 calls/inquiries handled each month from around the country which were fielded and distributed to our various volunteers nationwide for follow up. -parent to parent program including training for insurance implementation issues to help families access insurance, connections for diagnostics and connections to biomedical doctors and behavioral therapists. -numerous awareness events including participation in the "1 in 68 can't wait campaign" designed to raise awareness for improved health insurance coverage, services and increased research now that diagnostic rates indicate a ratio of 1:68 for children born in the year 2000 for autism diagnoses. -served with representation on the department of defense autism research program reviewing scientific proposals and attending several meetings in washington, dc to disseminate over $5m in research funding projects. -organized educational seminars for local teachers, law enforement and firemen on dealing with asd populations specifically with regard to special treatment during situations that require law enforcement and bullying issues. -family assistance projects for single parent families suffering from economic hardships-partnership with global autism coalition to further collaborative translational science research efforts. -donated tandem bicycles to families with children with autism so that they could get out and bike as families in south louisiana. -hosted sounding the alarm community event for a screening of an autism documentary in conjunction with autism speaks and the baton rouge are foundation. -hosted an awareness event in augusta, ga in conjunction with monkey joes for light it up blue in april

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