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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

These charlatans need to go back to the dark ages where their logic is waiting for them.

3 Bradley Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I'm sorry, but how did this become one of the best Nonprofits of 2013? The originator of the vaccine/autism link was found to have falsified and distorted his research. There has been no link found between vaccines and autism. In fact the USA has suffered from a startling reappearance of diseases that we had all but eliminated from the population and these outbreaks can be directly linked to populations that are refusing to vaccinate their children due to fears that organizations like McCarthy's have perpetuated. Everybody wants to help autistic children, but we do not need to cause unborn babies to die or be born horribly disfigured because McCarthy managed to scare already worried parents into believing that there is a straight forward cause. Any organization that spreads such scares and helps cause these outbreaks we have seen is reckless and amoral. This is an organization I could never support.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This charity is dangerous at best offering disinformation and lies about vaccination. Vaccination has saved countless lives in the modern world and this charity is pure fear mongering and pseudo science. The fact that this is even considered a charity is deeply disappointing.

This charity has impact but its all bad.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Based on pseudo-science, there is no link between vaccines and autism. The views of this non-profit are not just insane they are extremely harmful.

4 Kanon G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This "charity" is spreading lies, an insanity.
Lets not destroy the wonderful progress science made to raise human quality of life.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

If the goal you wish to achieve by donating to charity is to endanger many children's lives and spread lies about vaccinations, then by all means donate to this lying, deceitful "charity".

4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Spreading pseudo-science and endangering children - simply irresponsible.

5 Laura163

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The idea that vaccinations cause autism has been thoroughly debunked. Children who cannot get vaccinations due to genuine health problems like compromised immune systems are put at risk when communities don't vaccinate their children due to this misinformation.

8 Katey H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

An organization that ignores the repeated scientific studies that show that vaccinating children is safe and effective is having the opposite effect of what is promised. Shame.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Jenny McCarthy is famous so we should trust her more than doctors! That was sarcasm, idiots. Get your children vaccinated for christ's sake.

7 Zach E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is ridiculous. Certain members of society, babies and the elderly, need protection from the many horrific illnesses that could be prevented if people got their vaccinations. Like measles, if your 5 year old child is a carrier (wasn't vaccinated) and he/she comes into contact with my two month old, there is a huge risk to my child's health. This is only prevented with vaccinations. My children should not be at risk because of a minute, if even plausible, possibility.

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I cannot believe that an organization that promotes the deadly practice of not vaccinating children could possibly be considered a 'great nonprofit'. This organizations practices are literally killing children. Measles and other cases of completely preventable diseases are skyrocketing thanks to the nonsense and pseudoscience being promoted by organizations such as this.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Shocking that this is here and shocking that people are still believing in this. People are actually dying as as a result of the publicity this woman gets.

http://www.jennymccarthybodycount.com/Anti-Vaccine_Body_Count/Home.html

14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Generation Rescue is a nonprofit organization that advocates the view that autism and related disorders are primarily caused by environmental factors, particularly vaccines. These claims are biologically implausible and lack convincing scientific evidence.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have 2 boys that were diagnosed with autism 6 years ago. I would have given anything to have the support that GR provides for those who choose biomedical intervention. It was a long, lonely road for this momma. I am so excited to be a part of this group and encourage other families. I would have loved to have the Rescue Grant opportunity many years ago as well. GR is making a difference one family and one child at a time.

1 Shannon54

Client Served

Rating: 5

We received a rescue grant from Generation Rescue for my son Tyler. He was diagnosed with Autism in January 2013 and we started the grant in April. Since starting the grant my son went from non verbal to Speaking about 100 words , he is also much more engaged and about to start school in November. We feel he is on his way to recovery. Everyone at Generation Rescue had been awesome especially Stephanie. Since the grant has ended they still keep us up to date on other studies or grants we may qualify for such at the current one we are in with BIORAY. Without them we would not have come this far in this short amount of time...

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue is truly a well-run non-profit! Their effective messaging and work around helping benefit autism affected families is admirable

Dena C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My go to site for all things relative to treating, curing and healing my don's Autism. I send all newly diagnosed friends, family and acquaintances to Generation Rescue. I'm hoping to become a Rescue Angel to expand my use and referral of Generation Rescue!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with GR as a Rescue Angel and a Grant Mentor for a very long time. I also have personal experience in running a non-profit and have experienced the pitfalls and challenges that organizations go through. Generation Rescue continues to grow and get better with each passing day. If they experience challenges, they certainly don't show it. I am the parent of two boys on the spectrum. They are 14 and 11 now and I only wish I would have had the support of GR when I was starting the journey. They are so warm, welcoming and supportive. The worst part of having a child with Autism (at least for me) was feeling alone and lost to navigate all of the data. Only having internet stories (mostly negative) to help us along. GR provides so much positive input, provides the HOPE needed to get through those tough days. THANKS for being a bright spot in an often times dark tunnel!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a rescue angel many years ago. I am still friends with some of the families that found me on line. When I moved to a new state I got a ton of support from another rescue angel.

Carolyn24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After participating in Round 1 of the Rescue Family Grant Program in 2009, I have had the honor of becoming a volunteer parent mentor for the program in 2012. I am truly humbled by the dedication and caring of the staff for families, including mine. They genuinely are committed to helping children start on the path to healing autism. Generation Rescue and the wonderful sponsors of this program have made such a difference in so many lives when help is rare and hard to come by. I appreciate the opportunity to connect with new families and hopefully make the journey a little less daunting as I know how overwhelming and lonely it can be. You rock GR ;@)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with Generation Rescue started in August 2009 when our family was accepted into the very first round of the Rescue Family Grant program. My twin sons were diagnosed with severe autism in 2008, and although I read about biomedical treatments and wanted to try them, our family was not in a position to try anything due to financial restraints. After a year of no progress and not happy with the "there's nothing but therapy" approach from our pediatrician, I finally decided enough was enough and started the GFCF diet as that was all we were able to do. Being accepted in to the grant program 4 months later was huge for us as we never would have been able to afford to try specialty vitamins and supplements in order to see if they would make a difference along with the diet. We were supported with implementing the diet and starting basic supplements along with 2 doctor visits and a parent mentor. Without GR getting us started there is nothing else out there I have been able to find that would have helped us in this way.

Three years later, I have had the opportunity to become involved as a parent mentor volunteer for the family grant program that gave us our start as a way to help other families at the start of their journey. This program has evolved and continued to offer families such a wealth of information, desperately needed resources, and most of all moral support. There really is nothing else out there like it.The staff at GR as well as the companies who make the program possible go above and beyond in their efforts to help families struggling with autism remain hopeful on the long road to recovery. I can tell you the road is long - since we started the program in 2009 I had a third child diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and my oldest has neurological issues as well. I would sincerely recommend GR to any family who wants to learn more about biomedical protocols and encourage you to apply for the family grant program.

Not only is the website a great educational resource but each year in May they also have the gold standard in autism conferences , Autism One in Chicago and it is streamed FREE online so families can stay on top of the latest treatments and research. Autism in not only overwhelming and isolating, it is expensive, so to have access to a week long conference free (or minimal cost if you attend in person) is amazing.

Thank you Generation Rescue for all of your hard work to help families like mine, we are sincerely grateful to you and everyone that makes this possible. The message of hope for recovery is one our family keeps in our hearts.

Kim_40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with Generation Rescue in April 2012 as a Grant Mentor for their Rescue Families grant program. I have seen so many families and their children benefit from this program. I have seen children that were completely non-verbal when they started, start speaking. I have seen children that use to only eat a couple of foods, start to eat many more. The list of benefits just goes on and on.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my son recovered from autism spectrum disorder via bio-medical intervention, I just had to help spread the word. After all none of my sons previous doctors or therapists had told me about bio-med. Thankfully an online friends shared with me her story. It was a life changing experience for my son and I just had to let other parents know about this resource. That is when I found Generation Rescue! I read about their grant program, their rescue angels, and all the wonderful work they do for our children recovering from autism. I knew I had to get involved! I am now a grant mentor for their grant program that helps cover the cost of the initial bio-medical treatment. Which is wonderful, because I have talked to many families that have held back trying bio-medical intervention because of the cost. They are 100% sincere in all they do for the families out there, and I hope to continue to be a part of their organization for a long time.

Todd10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attend Generation Rescue Fund raiser Events whtch are very well done and raise autism awareness.Autism affects all of us and Generation Rescue is a Priceless Resource for anyone interested in learning about the condition of people affected by autism and their family members.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being a financial planner with the ability to help families with special need family members on the financial side, it has given me a great way to add even more value to my clients by recommending Generation Rescue as an incredible informational website. It is an amazing organization which provides great educational information on autism,healthy living, and works to raise the level of awareness for autism.

Client Served

Rating: 5

While trying to find help for my then 4-year-old son with severe regressive autism, I came across Generation Rescue. After reading about the program and expectations of grant recipients I was determined to get my son in to the program.
After many e-mails back and forth between myself and the grant director, my son was accepted! Throughout the 3 month program we were offered daily support and encouragement. Stephanie walked us through every step and answered questions promptly. I felt understood for the first time since receiving my sons diagnosis. And truly supported in his recovery.
Since our grant with Generation Rescue my son has improved beyond what was ever expected. We still e-mail with the staff at Generation Rescue when we have questions or need recommendations. They go above and beyond and truly care about everyone they work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue is one of the most valuable non profits for the autism community I have found yet. It provides relevant and cutting edge information on a broad range of topics for any family who has a child with autism, including; bio-medical intervention, therapeutic interventions and a limitless supply of inspiration and support. Generation Rescue is a home and true gift to any family with an autistic child.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fabulous Organization! Generation Rescue was the organization I turned to when traditional medicine failed me. I needed answers, not excuses, and I need support, not judgments. Generation Rescue offered everything I needed and more. Their Rescue Angels helped guide me in a direction that would eventually lead to cherished friendships, and their DAN doctors led me down a road that would eventually lead to recovery. Without Generation Rescue, my son would not be anywhere near recovery, yet today; I can sit here and tell you that he has made strides that traditional doctors said were impossible.

As a volunteer for Generation Rescue, I feel like it is my chance to help others who are currently walking in my shoes. I feel like I can reach out to those scared, sad, and sometimes helpless individuals and shine a small light of hope in their window. Generation Rescue is a great organization; it is made up of parents of children with Autism. We are the best advocates for our children, we are the ones living along side their struggles everyday, and when they are unable to tell their story, we are there to tell it for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue first gave me the hope I needed to start recovering my autistic son. I have never met a more compassionate group who really care about what they do to serve the autism community. It does work; my son is nearly recovered. I then became a volunteer, and it has been the most rewarding experience I've had. On all levels, if it had not been for Generation Rescue, my son (and the rest of the family) would not be where we are today: a wonderful family with two thriving young boys.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fabulous organization! The resources they provide to families coping with autism is invaluable .

Zack P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue is such a blessing to the community. GR is not some cold, corporate organization. GR is an amazing group of people that I'm glad to call my family. Their dedication to the cause is inspiring and their efforts I am beyond thankful for. My family is one of the many that was fortunate enough to be a part of their grant program, and I honestly do not know where we would be without the support and resources GR provides. I am proud to be a supporter of Generation Rescue!

Amy_47

Client Served

Rating: 5

Generation Rescue has helped guide me, a terrified parent, through the journey that is autism. Autism, a word that still strikes fear in most people, is my life now and without the help of those in Generation Rescue, I wouldn't have half the information and help we've attained since our son was diagnosed. They are bold pioneers helping millions of families who don't know where else to go.

1  Heather Albert

Client Served

Rating: 5

How do I put into words my feelings towards Generation Rescue. The first that comes to mind is simply Grateful! When I found out about my son’s diagnosis I immediately turned to the computer to search for answers as to what to do, where to go, and what did an ASD diagnosis really mean to my son and my family. Generation Rescue was the first site I went on. I was aware of Jenny McCarthy’s quest for Autism so I felt the site was a great place to start. From the first video I watch about her experiences with her son to stories of so many other families it was at that moment I realized what I was up against. Challenges, I do not fear especially after listening to parents going through their own battles to find answers. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone in this blind journey that at times can make you feel very alone. Unless you have hands on experience of life with Autism you really can’t grasp how difficult it is to not have definitive answers to your child’s health. What I feared most is not being able to provide my son what is necessary for him to get better. This is where participating in Generation Rescue’s grant program gave us a glimmer of hope. Unfortunately, we lost our business when the economy crashed and it has been a struggle to recover. It seemed impossible that we would be able to get CJ the therapies he needed. Then I clicked on a button that said apply for a grant and was so excited to be a part of the 9th round grant program. We had such big strives with CJ during the supplemental protocol. Therapists, teachers, family, and friends have been amazed to see the changes in CJ since he has been introduced to the program. Not to mention the blogs and all the resources available on the site really helped in my quest for research. It made it easier to have one place to go that not only provided me with information but also a support system. The staff is also so amazing at Generation Rescue. Anytime I had specific questions it was answered in a timely manner. I felt like the program coordinator Stephanie really cared about my son’s achievements. I can’t say enough about Generation Rescue, its staff, and the hope it has given my family. It will continue to be the number one resource for my family. Our experience has inspired us so much that my husband and I are putting a huge concerted effort to help raise funds for the organization so they can continue to do all that they did for my family. I thank you for giving us hope, I thank you for giving me answers when no one could, and I thank you for improving my son’s future.

1 Keely O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed with autism those were the darkest days of our life. The conventional doctors gave us no hope and no solutions. Then I happened upon Generation Rescue and found a few Rescue Angels that gave me that hope and gave me some guidance. They pointed me in the direction of biomedical doctors that had proven success. Also, at Generation Rescue is a goldmine of information, resources, and partners. Generation Rescue was definitely an integral part in recovering my son from autism.

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Client Served

Rating: 2

I was so hopeful to get approved for a grant with generation rescue since I have read all of Jenny mccarthy's books. That I couldn't wait for my son to get the treatment and supplements he needed. I got approved and was beyond excited and ready to make the change. I was required to pay 100 bucks for labs in order for me to get my package with supplements. Not a problem it is was going to go back to my son anyways when he gets the bloodwork done. After a few weeks I got the supplements started the gfcf diet and the supplememts. I immediately saw a difference in my son for the better. At this point I am still waiting to be assigned to a Dan! Doctor the entire grant period I never got to see a doctor or get his labs I only git half of what the grant offered I kept my end of the deal and they didn't. The person responisble for this never rectified the situation. She ignored allemails from.me and kept my money. I was and still am very disappointed with the way things were handled. My son never got to experience the entire treatment nor did I get any advice from a specialty doctor. Apply at your own risk.