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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

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Director of Aaron's Acres. We provide year round recreational programs to children and young adults, ages 5-21 with developmental disabilities in central PA. This past summer, we were blessed with receiving funds from ASDF to support families who needed scholarships in order to attend our camp program. Now, once again, we are blessed with being able to give 12 families gift cards for the holiday season, paid for by this foundation! ASDF has been most generous to our organization and has truly helped our families. So many of our families face challenges as they raise children who have autism; by having this financial support from ASDF, their stress level is lowered and they feel taken care of by others! Thank you for your generosity; you are truly making a difference in our families' lives!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Director of Aaron's Acres which is an organization that provides year round recreational programs to children and young adults, ages 5-21 with developmental disabilities. This summer, as a result of receiving scholarship funding from ASDF, 8 families (that have financial limitations) are able to enroll their children diagnosed with having autism to our camp program. Without this funding, scholarships would not have been provided to these families resulting in their children being at home most of the summer, without opportunities to work on socialization and communication with their peers. Everyone involved with our organization is most grateful for this type of support!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a special education teacher in a small, rural community. I teach summer school and contacted the Austism Spectrum Disorder Foundation about helping to fund my students getting to do some aquatic therapies in our city's swimming pool. Thanks to them we will get to go simming each day of summer school. This is a great foundation!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the work that this organization does. I teach students with autism who are on an adapted curriculum and three of my students' families with low-income were recipients of the Christmas donation this year. It is such a blessing to know that these students are able to have much-needed Christmas presents regardless of parent/guardian economic status. Thank you!!!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ASDF has changed the amount of families we are able to serve. Without their support we would not be able to help so many families. ASDF provides funding to our summer camp program, our Holiday Gift Giving Program and also provides I-pads to many of our families. ASDF and Michael are a blessing to us and to all of our families. We could not thank them enough for all they do. This organization is such a wonderful group and we are so grateful to have them as our partners in making a difference in families affected with autism. Thank you to all the supports of ASDF. Without your help ASDF would not be able to support our families and we in turn would not be able to help so many children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Parker Autism Foundation would like to thank ASDF for all they do. With their partnership for the last several years, we have been able to send over fifty children to summer camp, provide 12 I-pads and help over fifty families at Christmas. There donations to us have touched over 100 families. We are blessed to be partnered with such a great organization. We look forward to are continued partnership. Together helping families with autism succeed. What a great organization. We are Blessed.

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Susan2345678910

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Once again, Autism Pensacola was blessed to be able to support 10 families in our area through your Holiday Gift Card program! The joy and relief of the parents when I call them to share the good news that they have been selected is priceless! Thank you, Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation! You make a real difference, one family at a time, through local organizations that really know the need. Autism Pensacola serves one of the poorest counties in Florida and your generous gift of these cards really changes the holidays for these families. Thank you seems inadequate--your gift gives a bright spot to families who struggle and deserve a break. We are SO grateful to be a small part of this process. Happy Holidays!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As president of Autism Pensacola, I am so very grateful for the day I discovered ASDF!! They have supported so many of our families in the Pensacola area through Christmas funds, emergency funds and support for our summer learning lab, Kids for Camp. Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation is a blessing to so many! They have made life a little easier, a little brighter by spreading hope and joy to many living with autism! Thank you!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello! I am an Elementary ASD Educator in Detroit, MI and we are SO EXCITED to have received iPads for our elementary and middle school students on the spectrum. These iPads will be an invaluable enhancement to their communication and academic capabilities. These iPads will serve as sources of communication for our nonverbal students and will provide supplementary academic tasks for our students, as well. As a teacher, I am overwhelmed with joy at the thought of how much we can do and how much the children will grow by using these wonderful iPads. Many thanks to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation and a specific thanks to Mr. Michael Slutsky and Jan Coyer for their extensive patience and support in making sure that our students were blessed to be the recipients of these iPads. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your help!!!!!

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Tami12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are so grateful for The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. Because of their generous grants and scholarships we have indivu all come to summer camp who could never afford it. In addition, this year they have supported one of our families at The Bridge of Georgia with tuition so that they can put him at our school. We are thankful for a foundation helping us that genuinely seems to understand the heart of the communities we serve.

Blessings!
Tami Burt

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation has been a life-changing blessing to many of the families we serve. It is so exciting to see families be filled with joy at Christmas because ASDF has helped them have the funds to provide for their children during the holidays. It is a special blessing to me to get to share the good news with families after they have been selected to receive a holiday gift card from ASDF. I have had many situations in which families have had needs that overwhelmed them and when I have taken their needs to ASDF they always have been able to help in some way. ASDF has truly been a blessing more times than I can count to some families who are near and dear to my heart!

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Maureen54

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ASDF has been providing swim scholarships for students in my community for 3+ years. They are giving the students an opportunity to learn to swim and their families piece of mind that their children will be safe. Many children have benefited from the generosity of Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. We can't thank them enough!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is truly amazing! They are easy to use, organized and the donations come in a timely manner. They are excellent at communicating with you every step of the way. I am a middle school autism teacher and the students I teach love the IPAD minis. They have many uses including communication (for non-verbal students), education, and entertainment. They can even use them to take pictures and share. To see the looks on my students' faces when they receive the IPAD minis is priceless and the impact is far-reaching and life-changing. They can reap the benefits of the IPAD minis their whole academic career and beyond. This organization does amazing work for those with special needs!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a speech pathologist who started a therapeutic summer camp near Portland Oregon, called Camp Yakety Yak. We focus on developing social skills and 80% of our campers are diagnosed with Autism. Since 2013, the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation has provided scholarships for 27 children to attend. What has impressed me most about ASDF is how supportive, easy and quick they are in responding to requests. They have no "red tape." No lengthy application processes. No restrictive rules and regulations. They get their funding into the hands of people who help children with Autism quickly. I am able focus on hiring and training the best staff and other administrative tasks to put on the camp, instead of filling out a lengthy grant application and waiting months to hear if I got it. Thanks ASDF for your professionalism and heart for children and families!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My program provides supportive services to children with a diagnosis of autism. We work closely and intensively with these families to facilitate linkage to community supports and to coordinate care. As a case manager, my role is to deliver services that are autism-specific, child centered, family focused, and culturally competent. Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation Inc is truly a wonderful resource that offers support for children who are coping with ASD, by offering communication devices with the purpose of facilitating the healthy development of a child's communication and social skills. Two of my clients have been fortunate enough to receive these donations and the impact so far has been astounding. Many of our families are living well below the poverty level and are unable to procure such a vital tool on their own, however with the support of this organization the possibility is awe inspiring and endearing. It was a pleasure to collaborate with the team.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During my first year of teaching SPED students with Autism and learning disabilities I was elated to find out about ASDF from my assistant who has a child with Autism at home. She encouraged me to apply since your organization has helped her son already.
My students are overjoyed and already benefiting from the numerous apps available. These apps are allowing the students to use reading programs and math matters that aren't offered free of charge on line.
We can't thank you enough!!!

Our heartfelt thanks from,
Cherilyn Robinson and Students
LEISD
HS-SPED TEACHER

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For almost ten years , I have been working with children and families as a behavioral support clinician particularly assisting children along the spectrum. In all my years as a behavioral support clinician , I have come to see how wonderful individuals along the spectrum are . These individuals are extremely gifted and intelligent. They possess great abilities and intellect . I encourage parents who have children diagnosed with this disorder to keep on and never give up especially with such tremendous support from organizations like ASDF. Great job ASDF . Keep up the good work bringing smiles to these special people and making families to smile.

Finally , one important skill I would like to transfer to parents is to put themselves in the world of individuals with autism to understand them. We have to talk like them , think like them , and act like them to understand them. Importantly , we must listen to their body language as a proactive measure instead being reacting when challenging behaviors occur.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with a variety of kids and teens with ASD, and tragically this fall one of my kids lost his dad suddenly to cancer. It was devastating for them and especially right before Christmas. The emotional burden is completely overwhelming to the family, but the cost of treatments and loss of income is also devastating. I was so happy that ASDF was able to send a holiday gift card for this family. It was a true blessing to them. They were in tears when I presented the card to them. Thank you so much ASDF for all you do to touch the lives of these truly amazing and very special kids!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are thankful to ASDF for helping make the holidays better for 10 families we serve who would not otherwise be able to provide for their families at this time. Each of them have one or more children with autism. Thanks to ASDF who is willing to give to "the little person" currently struggling instead of just large research corporations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation helped numerous families associated with our organization, a school meeting the educational needs of children with an autism spectrum disorder, to attend summer camp as well as assisting them during the holiday season. Families are so deeply touched that there is an organization that wants to impact their lives in a real way, where they live, and help with specific needs. I don't know of another organization dedicated to helping families in such a practical manner--through education, camperships, and special funds.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the director of a non-profit, I spend a good amount of my time raising money to support our programs for youth with an autism spectrum disorder. One of our favorite programs is our summer camp, Camp WANNAGOAGAIN!
Each summer we host 115 campers of all abilities from 5 years old to 20+ for two weeks. Our program is highly structured and staffed with experienced counselors. It's expensive. We are committed to never turning a youth away from camp because of money.
The ASD Foundation has helped us reach this goal for the last 4 years. They are generous AND they make it a simple process to request funds and to report who benefited from the money. We use it for Camperships and last year 10 campers were awarded Camperships using the ASD Foundations donation.
Thank you for all you do to help us work to our mission.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the executive director of a small non-profit. One of our signature programs is our summer camp, Camp WANNAGOAGAIN! We host 111 campers for 2 weeks. It costs $1,100 per camper. We raise enough money to cut the cost to families to $450. For many that is just too much. We don't say no to anyone due to money! Thankfully the ASD Foundation raises money too. Last year they sent 10 kids to camp! They helped 10 kids and their families. Camp week is also a time for respite for parents and siblings. Thank you for you support and for keeping the process simple, but accountable. It helps us work our mission.

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Rating: 5

I am a middle school autism teacher. This foundation provided IPAD minis for my students at their Title I school. I cannot state enough how much thier generosity has impacted my students. These students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and do not often receive the same things that students from advantaged backgrounds receive. To see the joy on their face when they use an IPAD mini is priceless. These machines have numerous benefits for my students. They help motivate the students to complete their work and meet thier goals, they provide a source of information and also can be used to work on language skills. It is no secret that many students with autism experience a deep connection with the IPADs and the IPADs bring much joy and order to those whose lives are often lacking in both. In addition the student love to share the IPADs with each other and this helps them socialize with each other, which is another area that is difficult for them as well. The IPADs are the way of the future and I am confident that they will help special needs students in the future bridge the gap with thier peers in the general education classes as well as enable them to share in class discussions and group discussions with thier peers. Because many students with autism are visually oriented the IPADs provide a way for them to communicate because they can pull up pictures and websites to express themselves. This organization is amazing and they will never fully know the positive impact they have made on my students. Their contribution is much appreciated!!!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Director of Stirrups 'n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center. We have many Autistic children that ride in our therapeutic program & I have seen "miracles" happen to these children when they become involved with riding a horse. I can't thank the ASDF enough for giving us scholarships for 4 of our children to ride for this coming riding season. So many of our children's families can't afford to pay, so we have chosen 4 of these families for your scholarships & I can't tell you how appreciative they are. The lives of these children can change dramatically as they learn to follow directions, sequencing, & being able to concentrate for the entire lesson!! Thank you so much for what you do, you are one of our Angels.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a swim instructor for autistic children. I am fortunate to see them gain physical skills and confidence. The water is a fantastic sensory experience which soothes and calms. My students look forward to their pool time. They enter the pool area with smiles. Learning to swim is important for keeping these children safe. Families are strapped with the many expenses for their autistic child and these students would not have this learning without the sponsorship from ASDF!
ASDF has provided private lessons for many children over several years. The autistic students cannot manage the group sessions and need the one on one interaction that a private lesson affords. I am grateful for the opportunity ASDF provides me to work with these fantastic children. Thank you ASDF for funding private lessons to autistic students!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a swimming instructor at Lydon Aquatic Center. I teach several autistic students. These students receive one on one instruction in swimming thanks to funding from Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. Without this funding, these families would struggle with one more expense in an already tight family budget. These wonderful children thrive in the water. They are drawn to water and its soothing and sensory qualities. Swimming provides an outlet for joy, exercise and freedom of movement. They learn skills that will keep them safe. Swimming is an activity that the entire family can do together promoting healthy family interactions. Thank you so much to Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation for funding this program. Their support is invaluable!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional in the field of autism and I run two camps each year for children with autism spectrum disorders. We generally serve about 100 children each year. Our goal is to serve families who don't always have the means for their children to have opportunities for special camps and such. Each year the good people of The Autism Spectrum disorder support at least twenty of our campers while they have a week of fun along with social skills, adaptive PE, sensory time, and other things that help them have a fabulously successful week. It brings me such joy to see the faces of these kids and their parents each time we have camp. We are enormously grateful!

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