The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development's mission is to use education, sports, and the arts as avenues to enrich the lives of and bridge the gap between children with ASD, their families and the world in which we live. Through partnering with individuals, businesses and organizations in their community and worldwide that embrace and realize the potential of children with ASD and related disabilities while recognizing their specific needs, they are able to provide loving support and opportunities to these children and their families in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment.
Through their three fully funded programs: Speak Through Sports, Speak Through Arts and Speak Through Education, The Parker Foundation is able to offer free resources to families affected by autism in a family centered model. They have also developed a "Be a Buddy" program to increase socialization for children with ASD through inclusion based programs with typical peers and further reduce stigmas and barriers for all.
The Parker Foundation is an Organizational Member of the National Autism Association, and a Champion Against Bullying Organization through PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC); they are excited to announce that they have developed a "Global Autism and Child Development Team" to help grassroots autism programs worldwide to build a network of support and to help shine a light on international autism efforts as statistics continue to climb.
At Spring Forward For Autism’s (SFFA) mission is to provide emotional and financial support to ease the strains on those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. We support families affected by autism through connecting members of the Autistic community, empowering and inspiring others, raising public awareness to foster advocacy, and furthering access to available resources.
SFFA provides funding to private families and local nonprofit organizations that make a positive impact on children with Autism and their families.
SFFA and nonprofit benefactor organizations have been working closely on a bold and progressive vision for an inclusive, accessible and innovative “S.E.A. Discovery Center” (Sports, Education & Arts) that would integrate and centralize an entire range of therapeutic, physical, recreational and educational programs and services which the typical modern family with Autism benefits from today.
Florida is home to many individuals with autism and related disabilities. In response to the needs of these people and their families, seven regional, nonresidential resource centers have been established.
The Centers serves both children and adults of all levels of intellectual functioning who have autism spectrum disorders, dual sensory impairments, or sensory impairments with other disabling conditions. A constituency board comprised of family members representing persons with autism and related disabilities meets quarterly with the Center staff to provide guidance on policies, priorities and activities.
The University of Central Florida Center for Autism and Related Disabilities provides services within the geographical region that includes Orange, Lake, Osceola, Sumter, Brevard, Volusia, and Seminole Counties.
CARD's Mission is to educate and empower individuals and families throughout the lifespan by providing support, assistance, and awareness within the community, with the goal of optimizing the potential of all individuals with autism and related disabilities; and to provide training that enables professionals to deliver evidence-based treatments to achieve optimal outcomes.
Be Safe Be Prepared is a Speak Through Education initiative providing a full spectrum of resources and education for autism specific safety needs
By collaborating with leading individuals and organizations in the fields of law enforcement, autism support services, and special needs education, we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, tips and best practices to connect families, caregivers, first responders, health care workers, educators and law enforcement for the common goal of keeping children and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) safe, happy and living to their fullest potential.
The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development
274 East Eau Gallie Blvd. #216
Indian Harbor Beach, FL 32937
Spring Forward for Autism
7995 South Hwy A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
P.O. Box 162202
Orlando, FL 32816-2202
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