Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F)
ELSA - Experience.Learning.Support w/Animals - works locally to benefit families, individuals and communities by facilitating connections to animals and earth in a ranch environment. Since launching in 2009, ELSA has connected over 1,000 children, young adults, families and individuals, including those diagnosed with autism, with rescued horses and ranch animals to build confidence, social skills, and sensory awareness.
Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) follows the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a treatment for autism that has been thoroughly researched and empirically validated by the scientific community, CARD, which was developed 15 years ago, develops individualized treatment plans.
Location: Tarzana, CA
Community Coaching Center (CCC), a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, was established in San Diego in 2003. CCC is a community participation and social skills development program for children on the autism spectrum that takes place after-school, on Saturdays, and during school breaks.
Location: San Diego, CA
Butterfly Effects provides therapy and tutoring services to individuals of all ages addressing challenges in the areas of academics, behavior, communication, daily living, social and life skills.
Location: Main Office in South Florida with branches nationwide.
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001 – the product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of OAR's seven founders. Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily.
Kit for Kids peer education resource by OAR - the animated web video addresses some of the behaviors and characteristics that may make Nick and other kids with autism seem "a little different." The video is an especially effective tool in classrooms where students with autism are learning alongside their typically developing peers. The activity workbooks expand upon the information presented in the "What's Up with Nick?" story and give students a chance to engage with the material they just learned in the peer education lesson.
Train 4 Autism is a foundation dedicated to bringing together a community of athletes, physically active, and socially conscious people who are committed to raising awareness and funds for research and treatment for those living with Autism and their families.
Family Support Groups
Navy Family Fleet Support Center: FFSC is the Navy's primary agency for the delivery of an array of human services intended to enhance the stability, resiliency and self-sufficiency of military service members, reservists, retirees, and their families in support of recruitment, retention, operational readiness, and quality of life goals. Services are primarily offered as individual consultations, resource referrals, counseling sessions, and workshops. Programs and services are offered on San Diego’s three major Navy installations and through FFSC’s operations and partnerships in the community to ensure customers are afforded relevant, informative, empowering, confidential, no-cost services at locations and times convenient to them.
Epilepsy Support Network is committed to building a community of support to improve the lives of those affected by epilepsy through education, programs and advocacy. Based in Orange County, CA but supporting others nationwide.
Talk about Curing Autism (TACA) provides the information and connection to improve the quality of life of people with autism in their families and builds the autism community by connecting people with each other and the professionals who can help them.
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) is a non-profit organization of parents and professionals, which offers a network of support where families can meet each other and discuss issues surrounding autism and treatment options.
Location: Sacramento, CA
Parents Helping Parents (PHP) is a family resource center to help children with special needs receive the resources, love, hope, respect, health care, education, and other services they need to reach their full potential by providing them with strong families, dedicated professionals, and responsive systems to serve them.
Phone: 408 727-5775
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Autism Society (ASA) is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact.
Phone: 1-800-3AUTISM (1-800-328-8476)
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is devoted to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research, on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating autism and other severe behavioral disorders of childhood.
Location: San Diego, CA
National Alliance of Autism Research (NAAR) is dedicated to funding and accelerating biomedical research focusing on autism spectrum disorders.
Location: Princeton, NJ
The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is the agency through which the State of California provides services and support to children and adults with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions.
Autism grants in the United States
Autism is an expensive condition all around. The following are various grants available for families and individuals residing in the United States. Clicking on the name of the grant-giving organization will take you to the designated website.
The iTaalk Autism Foundation
The iTaalk Autism Foundation has educated over 1000 families, service providers and caretakers on the beneficial uses of interactive technology with children with Autism and varying other special needs.
Other funding sources: www.itaalk.org/resources/fundingsources.html
Tuesday's Treasures is a weekly blog that features a different non-profit offering grants and/or funding to families/individuals. We will provide current information on the grant, details for qualification, deadlines, and also tips from the organization itself.