Partnerships
Organizations
Family Support Groups
Foundations/Research Institutions
Funding
Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F)
Website: http://www2.gsu.edu/~psydlr/M-CHAT/Official_M-CHAT_Website.html

Partnerships

Autism Movement Therapy, Inc.
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A body/brain movement & music program for individuals with autism and related differences! Autism Movement Therapy, Inc is a nonprofit organization, focused on serving the autism & special needs community through providing a structured movement & music program as well as providing advocacy and community outreach to create understanding and bring dignity to the spectrum community across the globe.
Website: autismmovementtherapy.org

Autism Works Now!
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Their sole mission is employment for individuals with autism and related differences; and their vision is to have small businesses owned & operated by and staffed with individuals on the spectrum within 5 years!
Website: autismworksnow.org

The Mighty
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We’re thrilled to bring ACT Today!’s resources in front of The Mighty’s wide-reaching readership. The Mighty is a story-based health community focused on improving the lives of people facing disease, disorder, mental illness and disability. More than half of Americans are facing serious health conditions or medical issues. They want more than information. They want to be inspired. The Mighty publishes real stories about real people facing real challenges. We’re dedicated to helping people with autism in their lives. With this partnership, we’ll be able to help even more people. We encourage you to submit a story to The Mighty and make your voice heard.

SKILLS
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ACT Today! is proud to offer Skills® scholarships for parents and caregivers. Skills® is an innovative web-based toolkit providing everything parents and caregivers need to effectively design and manage a comprehensive, individualized treatment program for children with autism and related disorders. To apply for a Skills® grant, please complete and submit a grant application via the ACT Today! Grant Program. Grants will be distributed quarterly via our ACT Today! grant program. To learn more about Skills®, visit www.skillsforautism.com.

Buzz Parent

Eddie Guardado Foundation

Halo Dance for Autism

Organizations

ELSA – Experience.Learning.Support w/Animals – Serving individuals with special challenges and at-risk youth through the benefits of human-animal bond and horse-assisted activities in the ranch setting. When you partner with ELSA, you help transform the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Since launching in 2010, ELSA has connected over 1,600 individuals and their teachers, families and coaches with rescued horses and ranch animals to build confidence, social skills, and sensory awareness.
Website: www.ELSAinc.org

Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) – CARD was established in 1990 by Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh and is one of the largest organizations in the world providing interventions toward the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). CARD is known for its expertise in providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is an empirically proven method for treating individuals with ASD, and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. With over 3,000 employees across the nation, CARD’s mission is to make a difference in the world by providing top quality, innovative, evidence-based and effective treatment to ensure that individuals fulfill their potential.
Website: www.centerforautism.com

Community Coaching Center (CCC) – CCC is a non profit 501(c)3, community-based, social behavior development program held after school, during school breaks, and on Saturdays for kids and teens affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. CCC provides a community-based instruction and inclusion curriculum focusing on building, transitioning and generalizing skills in a variety of natural and included environments. CCC facilitates the development of lasting relationships with peers within the program and out in the community. By providing structured and supportive exposure through out program’s daily activities and interactions, we offer opportunities to provide firsthand autism education and meaningful inclusion experiences as we proudly introduce our amazing kids to their San Diego community.
Website: www.hdp.ucsd.edu/courses/hdp-191-information/programs/social/community-coaching-center.html

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.
Website: www.butterflyeffects.com

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.
Website: www.researchautism.org

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.
Website: www.researchautism.org/resources/KitForKids.asp

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.
Website: train4autism.org

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.
Website: www.cnic.navy.mil/navylifesw

Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County 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.
Website: www.esnoc.org

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.
Website: www.tacanow.org

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.
Website: www.feat.org

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.
Website: www.php.com

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
Website: www.autism-society.org

Foundations/Research Institutions

Interacting with Autism: A USC-RAND Partnership
The prevalence of autism in the United States has increased 600 percent over the past several decades. Early intervention services can assist individuals diagnosed with autism, but families often need to learn more about appropriate options, navigate approaches to treatment with health care providers and educators, and make informed choices. To help facilitate such choices and information gathering, the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (cinema.usc.edu) partnered with RAND’s Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) to produce a video-based website about autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Interacting with Autism presents the most current, evidence-based information on autism in an emotionally compelling and accessible form. The more than 30 videos on the website were all carefully reviewed by the EPC and leading autism researchers and medical doctors in the field. They were also tested in focus groups of doctors, educators, and parents of newly diagnosed children with autism.
Website: www.rand.org/health/projects

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.
Website: www.AutismResearchInstitute.com

Funding

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.
Website: www.dds.ca.gov

Applying for Social Security Disability with Autism: Social Security Disability benefits may be able to offset some of the financial burden caused by the condition. If you or someone you know is living with autism, you may be wondering how the condition affects an individual’s eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits.
Website: www.disabilitybenefitscenter.org/social-security-disabling-conditions/autism

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.
Website: www.autismsupportnetwork.com/resources/autism-grants-united-states

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.
Website: www.itaalk.org
Other funding sources: www.itaalk.org/resources/fundingsources.html

Tuesday’s Treasures
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.
Website: www.itaalk.org/resources/tuesdaystreasures.php

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Varghese Summersett PLLC Annual Scholarships
Amount: $500
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018
Award Date: November 15, 2018

Each year, this firm gives back to the community in ways that are especially close to their hearts. They are particularly passionate about supporting education, with a focus on youth with special needs and on law students who are interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice. They are also proud to announce that they have added two new scholarships this year for students with special needs – one to a youth with Down Syndrome and one to a youth with Autism.
https://www.versustexas.com/scholarships/

Iconic Displays Autism Scholarship
Amount: $750
Application Deadline: December 31, 2018
Award Date: January 17, 2019

Iconic Displays feels strongly about helping the community in any way they can. They are very proud to announce their scholarship to help a student with autism go to college. This money will provide financial assistance for the student in covering the cost of his or her books and living expenses.
https://www.iconicdisplays.com/Iconic-Displays-Autism-Scholarship.html

MediaWorks Scholarship for Students With Autism
Amount: $500
Application Deadline: January 10, 2019
Award Date: January 15, 2019

MediaWorks dedicates itself to building up communication skills and sees Autism as society’s problem. They are providing a college scholarship and will help with books and living expenses. Their hope is that they can grow the scholarship in the future.
https://mediaworksgroup.com/mediaworks-scholarship-students-autism/

Matt LaClear & Danielle Peffers Scholarship Fund
Amount: $750
Application Deadline: January 10, 2019
Award Date: January 15, 2019

Matt LaClear and Danielle Peffers founded this scholarship with the hope that one day, it may grow into a much larger contribution. They have seen first hand how Autism can challenge families and wishes to do their part in ensuring that they are both active in helping families dealing with Autism. As a result, one deserving student will win the scholarship to assist with the costs of school, enabling the student to focus on achieving a higher education.
https://yourseosquad.com/2019-scholarship-fund/

SunWise Capital Autism Scholarship Fund
Amount: $500
Application Deadline: January 10, 2019
Award Date: January 15, 2019

Their focus is on small and medium sized businesses which means they come into contact with struggling families every day – people who need a small push to help them get over the top when every other institution turns their back. That is why they have chosen to start a scholarship fund for college students with autism. They have witnessed the challenges of autism first hand, and they refuse to turn their backs on those families and students who truly deserve some relief.
https://sunwisecapital.com/autism-scholarship/