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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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!

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!!

Previous Stories

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 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...

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!

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 ;@)

Previous Stories

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.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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.

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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.