What other organizations and schools are there to support?

Question and Answer Section

by Leslie Burby

Someone asked me, “If the Autism Speaks Organization isn’t something you support then what organizations or schools do you support?”

My answer is this:

Schools and organizations that:

  • treat autistics with the same equality and respect that they would any other person
  • may see people on the spectrum as “different but not less”
  • raise money and openly tell me where my money will be going
  • do not harm ASD individuals by words or actions
  • include ASD individuals on their boards and/or allow for their opinions to be heard
  • do not use science as a means to eradicate a certain people, harm people (including the unborn), cause eugenics, or lead to targeted abortions of particular groups of people
  • use more than 51% (preferably more) of the funds raised to help the people that they raised the funds for

QA Organization To Support

As of January 2013, I have found no evidence of disrespect to the autism community from the following organizations and schools and thereby support their efforts with the autism community and believe that the majority of the money raised is in fact being used to better the lives of autistic persons:

AANE http://www.aane.org/

ADAPT http://www.adapt.org/

Autistic Self Advocacy Network http://autisticadvocacy.org/

Autism National Committee http://www.autcom.org/

Autism Network International http://www.autreat.com/

Autism Society http://www.autism-society.org/

Autism Women’s Network http://autismwomensnetwork.org/

Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery-Dependent Assistive Technology https://goo.gl/63T3qZ

Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities — Guide and Checklist. https://goo.gl/9ajt4V

Family Communication for Parents https://goo.gl/Vd4aZQ

Fill-A-Need Foundation http://www.fillaneedfoundation.org/

FOCUS Center for Autism http://www.focuscenterforautism.org/

National Autistic Society http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/about-the-nas/how-we-spend-your-money.aspx

National Council on Independent Living http://www.ncil.org/

Ollibean https://ollibean.com/we-believe/about-the-movement/

OAR http://www.researchautism.org/

We asked our readers on Facebook who they support and these were their choices:

Coleen  Westlea is a good school for autism my son goes there and he has autism it’s a sen school they are brilliant

Nicola  Us mums and autism aware uk

Lorinda  I support The Autism Society of America…they allow funds raised to be used locally, unlike others. I also support Milestones Academy, a private autism school in Kansas City, MO.

Dana  Kent autistic trust in Kent uk really supportive, drop ins emails etc local support from someone who understands

Beth https://www.facebook.com/surfersforautism?ref=ts&fref=ts SURFERS FOR AUTISM

Nick Malcuit Westchester Exceptional Children’s School in NY. Remarkable place and staff.

Ariadne  The walnuts school

Eleanor  Rowan school Sheffield. Fabulous school

Rebecca  Autism West Midlands UK and the National Autistic Society UK

Michele  The Palm Beach School for Autism. Lantana Florida. My 7 year old attends and has made a huge difference in his life and ours. Also the JCC special needs programs in Boca Raton.

Deana  Canucks Autism Network is who we support, they give us swimming, skating, soccer, basketball, family outings, camps and more

Kerry  Little Miracles in Peterborough has helped me enormously run by volunteers of parents They are amazing

Amanda Autism Society of Maine.

Amy  Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources! Local Louisiana organization founded by parents of children on the spectrum!

Alison  Bexley NAS part of National Autistic Society. Bexley Voice is also very good x


Leslie Burby

    Leslie Burby

    Leslie Burby is the former Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine and a public speaker on autism related issues. She is the author of three autism related books: Emotional Mastery for Adult's with Autism (2013); Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers, Infants and Babies (2014); and the children's book Grace Figures Out School (2014).