Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder which affects behaviors toward other people. It can affect anybody starting from a young age. People with autism face difficulty in communicating and interacting with other people. They show certain repetitive and strange behaviors. Autism is not just one set of symptoms for all people instead it is a spectrum disorder.
The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently. It is difficult for people financially and physically to support autistics which is why charities provide services for these people to help make their live a bit easier.
1. Autism Science Foundation (ASF)
ASF is a nonprofit organization based in New York founded in 2009. It supports people with autism by providing funding for high-quality scientific research. They also work on the development of treatments for autism. They provide their published information to the public to increase awareness about autism. They have funneled more than 5 million dollars into research. It has helped produce breakthroughs for the efficient treatment of autism. The website provides information on autism disorders. As well as options for grant seekers and families of the affected to get resources. They spend almost 80% of their funds on charity.
2. Autism Society of America
Dr. Bernard Rimland created the Autism Society in 1965. The Autism Society helps more than 500,000 people annually. I is the largest and oldest grassroots organization dedicated to autism. Through advocacy, education, resources, and support, the Autism Society has assisted millions of autistic people and their families. Their goal is to provide the tools necessary for everyone in the autism community to live completely.
Through state and federal public policy, the Public Policy Committee, Board of Directors, and our nationwide network of affiliates collaborate to promote change that enables the autism community. In 2021, its affiliates provided services to more than 334,000 members of the autism community, an increase of 275,000 from the previous year. The Autism Society of America raised $273k during National Autism Acceptance Month last year. About 12,380 people donated to the Autism Society of America in 2021.
3. Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
Founded in December 2001 by parents and grandparents of children with autism. OAR focuses on applied research about everyday challenges faced by people with autism. It relates to issues related to family support, the efficacy of service delivery systems, and demographic analyses of the autism community.
Since 2002 they have funded $ 4 million for autism research and research grants for graduates. They have awarded $1,068,000 in scholarships to 356 persons with autism attending college or vocational-technical schools after high school as well. They have started funds for school children’s education as well as funds for their families. They support through donations from families, educators, researchers, and self-advocates, becoming one of the top autism funding charities.
4. Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
A Farmington, MA-based charity was named after the founders’ son who has a rare autistic disorder and there was no program to help him at that time. The organization works to improve the quality of life of those impacted by autism and believes that people and families affected by autism should have access to education, employment, social life, activities safety, support, and information.
They provide financial assistance to families through different programs. they also offer grants and scholarships for the schools and organizations providing care and education for autistic and their families.
5. Autism/Asperger Network (AANE)
Founded in 1996, AANE was one of the first Asperger-focused organizations in the US. This network offers community support, advocacy, education, and information about ASD. Helping people with an Asperger/autism profile is their main goal. For people and families affected by autism or Asperger Syndrome, the Asperger/Autism Network provides a variety of services, such as an interview preparation program, adult and teen support groups, and their LifeNet Independent Living Program. The organization also provides training courses for professionals working with individuals who have autism and maintains a comprehensive online database of Asperger/autism diagnosticians. Approximately 80% of donations and contributions go directly to services supporting autism and individuals with autism.
6. NEXT for Autism
Ilene Lainer, a former law partner, and Laura Slatkin, a businesswoman with a kid on the autism spectrum, established NEXT for AUTISM in 2003. A non-profit organization called NEXT for AUTISM (formerly known as New York Collaborates for Autism) systematically plans, introduces, and supports cutting-edge initiatives to enhance the lives of persons with ASD.
With reputable nonprofits, hospitals, academic institutions, and service providers, NEXT for AUTISM has developed a portfolio of initiatives. Each new program is coordinated with the corresponding stage in the lives of people who have the condition and are developing. Each includes cutting-edge interventions and best practices. The autism community is very diverse and represents families and individuals with often highly different experiences. Our challenge and goal have always been to find a common purpose while understanding and respecting each perspective. Since 2003, we have raised over $54,000,000 and supported programming in over 34 states and US territories.
7. Have Dreams
In Park Ridge, Illinois, Have Dreams was founded in 1996. This group works to support those on the autism spectrum in their efforts to increase their independence and social skills and become productive members of their communities.
For elementary-aged children, middle-school-aged children, and teenagers, Have Dreams provides after-school and weekend programs. They also provide training opportunities for professionals, employers, educators, and family members in addition to a variety of programs for adults who are on the autistic spectrum.
8. The Miracle Project
The Miracle Project, based in Beverly Hills, California, creates and offers programs for people with autism spectrum disorders in the areas of musical theater, film, social skill development, and expressive arts. The Miracle Project helps people on the autistic spectrum to use creative expression to improve their self-awareness, confidence, communication skills, social skills, and employment skills. There are The Miracle Project programs available for anyone from the age of 5 to adulthood. For schools, this organization also provides courses and training.
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