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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

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are very thankful to have been introduced years ago to the Parker autism foundation which provides so many things thru summer camps with loving, caring, special needs qualified teachers. The summer camps my daughter loves and waits anxiously for it to start again every year! The gifts at Christmas are awesome and my daughter gets things that make her continue to believe there is Santa! Thanks again to all who have ant part in leading, funding, loving this great program! Did i say thanks!!!!!!!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for helping my son William an I I'm a single mom an William has meltdowns an sometimes his feet goes through shoes I'm glad there is a agency an foundation to support the kids god bless

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 2

My 3 year old granddaughter was diagnosed with severe autism. She is nonverbal and her mom is a single mom of two and they have really struggled. Thank you SO much for the ipad for my granddaughter, Brooklyn. It has been such a big help and she is learning so much from using it. We are SO grateful for your kindness and generosity.
Thank you,
Jeanne MacKenzie

Review from Guidestar

1 Mavis F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for this organization ! I have a daughter with Autism and I am a single mom. The holidays get to be chaotic and expensive for us. Thank you for your generosity this season, now I can get my daughters what they have been wanting for Christmas.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Hello, my name is Ms.Nichols my son Jalen is a young man with Autism his teacher Mrs.Brewer at Drew Center here in Detroit Michigan with the help of Autism Spectrum Disorders Foundation was able to give all of Mrs. C.Brewer students mini ipads the ipads are ablessing my son Jalen is non-Verbal the ipad help him to communicate and he loves it....Thank You from my heart

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I run a small summer camp in Oregon for kids and teens with ASD. We are a small organization and always make it a goal to keep our camp affordable to families. We have never had to turn away a child for financial reasons thanks to our great partners including ASDF. They always go above and beyond to help us. Since we are such a small organization, there have been times when a need arises and we do not know how we will fill. ASDF has been there for us for the last 3 years and made it possible for many kids to come to camp! I am so grateful that they share my commitment and love for this population of kids. I am truly blessed to receive support from ASDF!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ASDF is so Awesome! Over the past 2 years they have provided scholarships for over 20 campers to attend Camp Odakoda. In 2014 Camp Odakoda is starting a teen program. In order to have this program we are purchasing yurts to add capacity. ASDF purchased one yurt for us kicking off our efforts! Michael is so kind and always so helpful. Our organization, and our families have been truly blessed by the generosity of ASDF!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with a non profit Theraputic Horseback Riding Program we have many riders with Autism Spectrum Disorder and I cannot describe the benefits of horseback riding for these children. They absolutely connect with these giant animals and their personalities shine. They develop a bond that enables them to mature and grow. We have one autistic rider who has even gone on to win 2 national championships! Such an accomplishment! This foundation has generously provided 4 of our riders with a full year riding scholarship! Without this organization, these riders would not be able to ride. What a difference this foundation has made to us, in being able to help these children, and to the familes who could not otherwise afford to bring their children. Thank you for your support!

Sandra Donaldson
Stirrups 'n Strides therapeutic Riding Center
Ocala, Fla

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Board Member representing a Theraputic Handicapped Horseback Riding Program in Central Florida called Stirrups'n Strides Theraputic Horseback Riding Program. We are a registered non-profit 501-3c program and we totally rely on donations to keep our organization going. This year the Autism Spectrum Foundation generously donated enough funds to sponsor 4 of our autistic riders for lessons for the entire season. Without their help these riders would not be able to ride. Our mission is to offer an opportunity for growth and mental and physical development. We hope that their fundraising efforts this year will again allow them to assist us. Please consider donating to this organization so that they may help us and other organizations assis those within the Autism Spectrum.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, certified therapeutic riding instructor and board member for a therapeutic riding center that benefits from ASDF. There is no doubt that through the help of this organization lives have been changed and people with Autism have found a place where they can excel and succeed in many ways that were not thought possible. The riders and their families in our organization have found news ways of overcoming prior obstacles in ordinary day and lives of our autistic individuals. I have seen youth begin to speak, smile, cry and laugh where there was previously nothing but silence. I have seen parents and care givers find hope that there is a wonderful life to be lead by these unique individuals. Thank you for your help in giving hope.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I can't even begin to tell you how disenchanted I am to find out the truth about ASDF. This is the 2nd year I've volunteered to canvas for donations. I was checking with one neighbor today who donated last year and he told me about an article in the AARP magazine about this very organization that stated that 60% of the funds donated go toward expenses. That's a huge chunk of change for those so-called do-gooder Board Members getting paid to coordinate this dysfunctional effort. Needless to say, I will not be doing this again next year. They called and called and called this year until I was so tired of not answering the phone that I finally picked it up and agreed to do this again just to get them to stop calling me. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. I will send in the donations I have collected because I collected them in good faith assuming that the majority of the donation was going directly to the cause. At least my conscience won't bother me.

4 Deborah56

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I reveived this packet in the mail and thought I was doing something for an organization that was credible. I should have done my homework! I sent this out to my neighbors and invited them to be contribute to this organization, only to find out that it was just a scam in 2012 Got another invite to do the same thing again in 2013. Sleezy is the best word to describe these people, phone calls asking you to volunteer and then you fall for it. Never again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I received an unsolicited phone call asking me to volunteer to send out letters to my neighbors. I talked to the woman for a while and because my niece has an autistic child, I agreed to do it. When the material arrived I read it over and the small print on the back of the cards to be sent out caught my eye. After reading it, I went on line and googled the name. This site came up. After reading the reviews, I am so glad I had that uneasy feeling. I will not be sending out the solicitation letters they will be filed in the trash. I will file a report on the website of the PA AG.... thanks to all who have taken the time to write a review....

5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

! I received a phone call last week from a nice lady from the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. After chatting with her for about 5 minutes I agreed to make a $25.00 donation. Our grandson is autistic and I am happy to be able to help. I promptly received in the mail a thank-you letter and a SASE for my donation. Prior to making out the check, I looked them up on the internet and was horrified to see they are a SCAM! How dare they…

The reviews from others were very helpful, thank you. I was about to make out my check!!

4 Lynn48

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I, too agreed to do a mailing to neighbors last year, and was ver successful. This year I received a "Thanks for agreeing" mailing pack, not having agreed. Instead of the 15 or so addresses on the list last year there were 5, none of whom had given last year. Yikes! Red flags! I looked through the literature for the "great things we accomplished" and found that they sent 45 kids to a film camp, 100 to golf camp and an unspecified number to speech therapy camp. That's it! I will alert my neighbors and apologize for unknowingly scamming them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Thank you, everyone, for these reviews. You confirmed my suspicions and I will not be working with these people.

6 Bernard F.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Asked to solicit for them. Checked out on line. Discovered it's part of a group of scam organizations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

My grandson has a form of autism, so I agreed to mail out solicitation letters to my neighbors after receiving a call from the foundation. However, just before sending them out today, I decided to google the foundation because I was not familiar with them. I hadn't expected to find this site that revealed the "solicitation" is basically a scam; and that little if any money goes to assisting affected persons and their families. I now plan to investigate the foundation in my state and will not be sending out their material.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

not only are they a scam, but apparently they have stooped to using shills on this site (Marylou46)

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand the difference ASDF has made in the lives of children with Autism and their families. Organizations don't have donors lining up at their door offering money. I'm happy ASDF reached out to me and that I was able to help.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I too have a grandsoen who is autistic and thought this was a good way to help. When I recieved the kit I noticed the back with all the small print and after reading it came to this site and am glad I did. My packet went in the trash ! It is so sad that groups take advantage of people like this one does.