Over the years, Focus for Health has provided funding to a variety of organizations dedicated to increasing the awareness of autism, providing services and support to families, and providing training and education to parents, teachers, doctors, and emergency personnel. As we have grown and adapted to this cause, we have started to direct our focus mainly to the cause(s) of autism and chronic illness, as well as health disparities. As the rates of autism and chronic illness continue to rise, it is important that we determine what has caused this increase, so we can prevent it from happening to future generations of our nation’s children. Aligning with like-minded individuals that are dedicated to this focus is important to our mission.
Inspired by their son Akhil, Manisha and Mahesh Lad formed Akhil Autism Foundation to empower parents and generate a positive hope among affected families that “Autism is Treatable.”
For more information see akhilautismfoundation.org
The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), is part of an international organization dedicated to promoting natural and sustainable health—and, in particular, consumer freedom of choice in healthcare—through good science and good law.
To this end, ANH-USA actively engages in legal initiatives, standing against forces that would limit your access to safe and effective dietary supplements, complementary therapies, and integrative medicines. ANH lobbies Congress and state legislatures, acts as a government watchdog, files comments on proposed rulemakings, and educates the public, the media, and other decision-makers.
For more information see www.anh-usa.org
Autism Action Network
Autism Action Network (AAN) is a national 501c4, non-partisan, grassroots, political action organization formed by parents in support of children and adults with autism, vaccine injuries, and neurodevelopmental and communication disorders. ACN is dedicated to advancing public policy issues affecting people with autism and related disorders, protecting their human and civil rights, educating the public and media, supporting candidates sharing our goals in state and federal elections, and holding accountable those in government who do not act in the best interest of people affected by autism and related disorders.
For more information, please visit autismactionnetwork.org
AutismOne is a nonprofit, parent-driven organization that provides education and supports advocacy efforts for children and families touched by an autism diagnosis.
For more information, please visit: autismone.org
Autism Policy Reform Coalition
APRC supports the coalition of organizations engaging in federal legislative policy reform for people with autism and their families. APRC does not petition Congress for more money, but for meaningful policy reforms to bring accountability and effectiveness to federal efforts on Autism.
For more information, please visit: autismpolicy.net
Founded by Dr. Paul Abend, Autism Think Tank NJ is a recognized 501(c)(3) (Non-profit) organization whose mission is to facilitate the medical and psychosocial stabilization of the child and family. Leading experts in autism from renowned teaching hospitals, including Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital and UCLA, and medical experts collaborate from around the U.S. in a video conference with local physicians and families to develop a cohesive plan of care for individuals with medically complex cases of autism.
The Autism Medical Center is committed to improving the lives of children and families in the home, school, and community through comprehensive case management, community outreach, research, and education.
For more information, please visit autismthinktanknj.org
Be More America
Be More America’s mission is to unleash human capital by eradicating unconscious bias so we can create a measurably better world.
”I don’t want to live in a world where we’re living in ideas of one another. I want to live in a world where we’re living in the presence of one another, the real people.” — Anurag Gupta, Founder & CEO
For more information, please visit: bemoreamerica.org
Beyond Celiac advances widespread understanding of celiac disease as a serious genetic autoimmune condition and works to secure early diagnosis and effective management. We empower our community to live life to the fullest, and serve as a leading and trusted resource that inspires hope, accelerates innovation and forges pathways to a cure.
They believe in a patient-centered healthcare model that is grounded in science, promotes collaboration and supports a comprehensive approach to health and wellness.
For more information, please visit: beyondceliac.org
Michael B. Blank, PhD
Dr. Blank received his BA with distinction in psychology from the University of Rochester and his MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Blank’s research and writing focus on integration of health and mental health services delivery systems including treatment for co-morbid illness such as HIV/AIDS. Other areas of interest include informal care and its impact on consumers and families, rural mental health, ethics in prevention, and applications of technology and computer-assisted care in mental health service delivery. Dr. Blank has also done work in Botswana, focused on HIV / AIDS.
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Children’s Health Defense
CHD’s mission is to end the childhood health epidemics by working aggressively to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, and establish safeguards so this never happens again.
At the helm is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who has been one of the world’s leading environmental advocates for over three decades. He is also the founder and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and has more recently focused his background in law and his environmental activism towards exposing the fraud and corruption within the CDC and the pharmaceutical industry.
For more information, please visit: childrenshealthdefense.org
Researchers at UConn’s Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) design, implement, evaluate, and disseminate theory-based, but highly practical, health behavior change interventions for at-risk populations around the world. Much of CHIP’s international work is in the core problem area of HIV/AIDS.
CHIP International has a new line of autism research in Albania focused on screening, diagnosis, and training for parents of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). By training individuals to teach children with autism and autism spectrum disorders, their goal is to provide these children with a successful educational experience where they can receive the help they need.
Edpowerment creates educational paths that enable individuals of all abilities to build purpose-filled and secure lives.
For more information, please visit: edpowerment.org
The Els for Autism Foundation was established in 2009 by Ernie and Liezl Els to focus on the issue of autism. The Els son Ben is profoundly impacted by the disorder which affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S. For the last four years the world class pro golfer and his wife have devoted their efforts to a catalytic philanthropic project – The Els Center of Excellence. The first of its kind Center will focus on a digital e- learning platform that gives children on the spectrum around the world access to best practices in education and therapy. It will also help connect the international autism community with best practices and the very latest information and research. The 26 acre facility will also have an on-site education for 300 students ages 3-21, medical and professional services, research, transition to adulthood, adult living and on-site job training. The Foundation has launched a capital campaign to raise $30 million to finance the facility; the Els’ have committed $6 million of their own money.
For more information, please visit: elsforautism.com
The Foundation for Autism Information and Research (FAIR Autism Media)
FAIR is in the middle of producing a documentary that will focus on autism policy and feature many autism parent legislators across the country including parents currently running for governor and congress.
For more information, please visit: FAIR Autism Media on YouTube
IFICA — The International Federation for Injured Children and Adults
IFICA’s mission is to work closely with other organizations, scientists, and doctors to develop a system of communication and collaboration to find the best way forward, both medically and scientifically, for anyone suspected to have suffered and adverse event following the HPV vaccine.
For more information, please visit: ificaeurope.org
Joyful Motherhood — Chimwemwe mu’bereki Association
Joyful Motherhood is a Malawian non-governmental organization, which provides home-based postnatal nursing care to high-risk women and babies. The current geographic focus is Lilongwe District (Lilongwe being the capital of Malawi).
For more information, please visit: joyfulmotherhood.org
The Middle Project
The Middle Project prepares ethical leaders for a more just society. It is an institute that brings together youth, young adults, and adults from many fields and faith traditions. Their annual Revolutionary Love Conference is held at the Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan every spring, featuring inspiring speakers from around the world.
For more information, please visit: themiddleproject.org
The Midland Foundation
The Midland Foundation raises funds and other resources to support The Midland School and Midland Adult Services. The Midland School is a New Jersey approved nonprofit school for children with developmental disabilities. Serving approximately 190 students from public school districts throughout northern and central New Jersey, Midland provides a comprehensive special education program serving the individual social, emotional, academic, and career education needs of each of its students.
Midland Adult Services’ goal is to provide services and support across the lifespan that help the people we serve reach their highest level of achievement and become contributing members of their communities. To meet this goal, Midland Adult Services (MAS) was established to provide high quality community housing, job training and placement services, as well as social and recreational experiences to support and enrich the lives of adults with special needs.
For more information, please visit: midlandfoundation.org
Moms Helping Moms Foundation
The mission of Moms Helping Moms is to provide low income families in New Jersey with the essential baby items that they need to give their children a safe, happy, and healthy start in life. Through partnerships with community organizations, social workers, homeless shelters, schools and others they have collected and distributed hundreds of thousands of diapers, clothing, formula, strollers and countless other baby essentials to hundreds of families. They work tirelessly to end diaper need and fight childhood poverty in New Jersey.
For more information, please visit: momshelpingmomsfoundation.org
MyGOAL Autism Inc.
My Goal Autism is a non-profit organization providing support for families who are facing autism. There are many complex challenges, from diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and a better quality of life.
My Goal strives to educate and empower families through education, marriage counseling, and advocacy, by supporting a solid family unit as the foundation for recovery. When a child receives an autism diagnosis, My Goal Autism recognizes the burdens placed on the entire family. In addition, My Goal Autism seeks to help those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged or live in under-served areas.
For more information, please visit: mygoalautism.org
Nassan’s Place provides accessible and affordable educational and recreational programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in and around under-served inner city communities in New Jersey. They also provide support services, advocacy and other resources for children and families affected by Autism. Through their work, low to moderate income families have the opportunity to receive quality and affordable care for their children in a safe and carefree environment.
For more information, please visit: nassansplace.org
National Health Freedom Coalition
NHFC promotes access to all health care information, services, treatments, and products that the people deem beneficial for their own health and survival; to promote an understanding of the laws and factors impacting the right to access; and to promote the health of the people of this nation.
For more information, please visit: nationalhealthfreedom.org
The National Vaccine Information Center is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the informed consent ethic.
NVIC launched the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in 1982 and is the oldest and largest organization advocating for the institution of vaccine safety and informed consent protections in public health policies and laws. As an independent clearinghouse for information about diseases and vaccines, NVIC does not advocate for or against the use of vaccines but supports consumers’ right to know and freedom to make voluntary health care choices for themselves and their children.
For more information, please visit: nvic.org
Oasis tlc’s mission is to promote inclusion and acceptance of autistic individuals into their local communities by establishing environmentally exemplary farm centers that provide meaningful work, peaceful and healthy residences, and community interaction.
For more information, please visit: oasistlc.org
Parents Of Autistic Children (POAC), a nonprofit organization, is the educational leader for the autism community providing more free training than any other organization. Additionally, POAC provides recreational and support services to children with autism and their families. The costs of such services are prohibitive for most families. For this reason, POAC is deeply committed to providing all services at no cost to participants.
The needs of the autism population are ever growing. POAC is dedicated to meeting those needs and is continually expanding to help these children, adults, and their families where they are right now. To date, thousands of parents, teachers, and other service providers have been trained. Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders in every New Jersey county have been trained in autism recognition and response and in at least one case, the training has been life-saving.
POAC has reached out to colleges and universities and provided course work to students studying to be special education teachers. All of this is accomplished without government funding and is done through the generosity of those who contribute to POAC fundraising activities. Making a difference in the lives of children now is at the heart of everything we do at POAC. For the thousands of children with autism who benefit from our services and programs every year, POAC has become a bastion of support and a beacon of hope.
For more information, please visit: poac.net
Physicians for Informed Consent
The mission of PIC is to unite doctors for informed consent in vaccination, and educated the public on infectious disease, the immune system, and informed consent.
For more information, please visit: physiciansforinformedconsent.org
Pop In Café
The Pop In Café provides training and employment opportunities for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the areas of cooking and packaging popcorn, preparation of deli style sandwiches, order fulfillment, distribution, and sales, while also offering a variety of artisanal popcorns, drinks and snacks to patrons in the mall. Our goal is to develop a unique training plan for each adult with ASD, so he or she can achieve independence at work.
90% of adults with autism either unemployed or underemployed. In addition, there are 1.5 million individuals with autism in the United States, 80% of which are under the age of 22.
Work is an integral part of adult life and individuals with autism have the ability and desire to work. Yet research highlights the disappointing employment outcomes for this group. There is an urgent need to improve and expand work opportunities for the increasing numbers of adults with autism.
Pop In Café is a project of Let’s Work for Good, a 501(c)(3) founded in 2015 which focuses on creating meaningful and lasting employment for adults with Autism and developmental disabilities.
For more information, please visit: letsworkforgood.org
The SaneVax Mission is about promoting only Safe, Affordable, Necessary & Effective vaccines and vaccination practices through education and information. We believe in science-based medicine. Their primary goal is to provide the information necessary for you to make informed decisions regarding your health and well-being. They also provide referrals to helpful resources for those unfortunate enough to have experienced vaccine-related injuries.
For more information, please visit: sanevax.org
Saxon Road Church, Inc.
New Christian Faith Church, located in Oconee County, GA, established The Focus Autism Foundation Center (May 2013), a subsidiary of the church which educates congregations about various environmental toxic exposures and their relation to autism and other chronic disorders and diseases afflicting children and adults. The church works closely with the scientific community and plays an important role in presenting the science to address important health issues.
Smile Mums Foundation
Smile Mums Foundation is a community focused organization in Malawi, founded with the aim of improving the lives of vulnerable mothers, children, and girls. The organization uses innovative ideas from young people who led the foundation with a main focus of helping mothers and children achieve lasting change in their lives.
For more information, please visit: givingway.com/organization/smile-mums-foundation
Strive Till I Rise is a traveling initiative using Hip-Hop pedagogy, other art forms & pop culture to advance social freedoms and empower the voices of young leaders and artists. Founded by Hip-Hop artist and activist Genesis Be, STRIVE works to empower and educate the youth on how to positively exercise their individual power within their community through workshops, social networking, audiovisual production, and LIVE events
For more information, please visit: strivetillirise.wordpress.com
Sustainable South Bronx, a division of The HOPE Program
Sustainable South Bronx addresses economic and invironmental issues in the South Bronx and throughout New York City through a combination of green jobs training, community greening programs, and social enterprise. In 2015, they joined forces with The Hope Program. Since that time, they have strengthened their green jobs training, expanded NYC “CoolRoofs” in partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services, and earned a historic grant to launch solar installation and green infrastructure training in the Bronx and through our social enterprise, Intervine.
For more information, please visit: ssbx.org
A Voice for Choice
A Voice for Choice, Inc. is a tax-deductible non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in California which promotes people’s rights to be fully informed about the composition, quality, and short- and long-term health effects of food and pharmaceutical products. Their main mission is to educate people about these issues and their rights to be informed consumers and control what they choose to put into their bodies. They also support large-scale primary and secondary research into these issues, while working with doctors, nutritionists, researchers and other professionals to ensure the information they share is the most up to date.
For more information, please visit: avoiceforchoice.org
West Virginians for Medical Freedom
West Virginians for Medical Freedom is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, comprised of West Virginians focused on educating people about parental choice without discrimination regarding the health of our children. They also focus on educating parents on the school admission required vaccination schedule along with the risks associated with each vaccine.
For more information, please visit: WVforhealthfreedom.org
Women’s Hope for Change
WHFC is a grass roots non-governmental organization formed in 2008 in Malawi, and is registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act. It was founded by a group of women who had a passion to fight for women’s rights within their community.
For more information, please visit: givingway.com/organization/womens-hope-for-change