American military families face a high rate of autism. You can help ease the challenges they are facing.
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services to families that cannot afford the treatments and services their children require. Recognizing the extraordinary challenges military families experience (waging a battle on two fronts…one for their country and another for their children), ACT Today! for Military Families was created and is a dedicated fund to assist military families impacted by autism.
ACT Today! for Military Families works to improve awareness and delivery of effective autism services, and provides financial assistance to military families to help defray out-of-pocket costs associated with autism treatments and other quality of life programs.
Did you know?
- Military families impacted by autism face extraordinary challenges.
- Since July 2010, ATMF has helped many military children access effective treatments and quality of life supports which were previously unattainable.
“Every military family makes special sacrifices…those families with children who have been diagnosed with autism have additional stresses as they cope with an extraordinarily complex bureaucracy to secure the support that these precious children deserve. Please support these children and their parents who have sacrificed so much.” ~ Retired Major General Mike Lehnert, USMC
Donate today and help a military child with autism. Military families with children who have been diagnosed with autism endure additional stressors as they cope with an extraordinarily complex bureaucracy to secure the support that these children deserve. Ongoing relocation, lengthy combat deployments, healthcare policy deficits and long waiting lists for services create barriers that prevent military families from receiving adequate care.
This program honors our nation’s heroes and works to provide them with access to the quality of care that is equal to their heroic service and sacrifice in defense of our nation.
A Unique Situation:
The nation has been at war longer than in any previous US military engagement and evidence continues to mount that military families are fraying. While the lack of insurance coverage for medically prescribed autism treatments is not unique to the military child, it is important to highlight that our government is sending the parents of these children to war. We can and must do more.
- Autism is treatable. With treatment, children can make significant gains.
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a vital and effective treatment for autism, but less than 10% of military children with autism are receiving ABA services. Awareness building of effective autism treatment is important!
- Autism treatments are effective, but expensive. Coverage of ABA therapy is limited. ACT Today! for Military Families will help defray out-of-pocket treatment costs.
- Military families shoulder significant responsibilities. Military families with autism face even more extraordinary circumstances. With your help and support, we can make a difference in the life of a military child and bring hope for a better tomorrow!
“Because of the unique way the husbands and wives, the sons and daughters of our all-volunteer force serve this nation, we have a sacred responsibility to care for them.” ~ Former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates