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Autism Speaks

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Autism Speaks is dedicated to: promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks offers Local Impact Grants that work to:

  • Promote local services that enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Expand the capacity to effectively serve the ASD community
  • Increase the field of national service providers

Funding supports programs at existing organizations in the following categories:

1. Education:

  • Building the field and scope of educators and other professionals who support individuals with autism, by providing continuing education and training
  • Providing funding for consultation and hands on training to improve educational programs for individuals with autism
  • Providing a specific service (e.g., Applied Behavioral Analysis [ABA], legal service) to people with autism and the community

2. Recreation/community activities:

  • Social skills training to provide peer modeling and inclusion with age matched, typically developing peers; social learning; social relatedness; social awareness; and social communication. Funding is provided for both integrated and non-integrated programming.
  • Recreation and athletic programs
  • Equine programs
  • Museums, arts, dance, and music programs

3. Sensory equipment/supportive technology:

  • iPads
  • Smartboards
  • Sensory equipment (occupational therapy equipment, toys, etc.)
  • Equine therapy equipment

4. Young adult/adult services:

  • Pre-vocational and vocational training
  • Transition planning
  • Residential services
  • Recreation programs specifically for adults
  • Life/Community integration skills
  • Health/Safety

5. Summer camp scholarships:

  • To offer tuition assistance for financially disadvantaged campers with autism for the summer of 2018

Amount: Annual giving is $540,000 with grants ranging up to $5,000.

Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations with at least three volunteer or paid staff members and an established infrastructure, which includes a physical location and a website. Giving is on a national basis.

Link: https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/grants/local

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