Over the past three 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 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
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.com
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
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.
D.A.I.R. Foundation is committed to integrity in academics and research and exists to support scientists, doctors, and researchers working in the best interest of the public health whose efforts have come under intense and unfair scrutiny.
Justice is accessible only to those who can afford it. D.A.I.R. Foundation provides legal aid, coordinated public relations support, and educational materials that support the work of our sponsored applicants.
For more information, please visit dairfoundation.com
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
Komo Centre For Understanding Autism
While there is increasing awareness of autism in the industrialized world, this is not the case in developing countries. Autistic children in Uganda face a dearth of educational opportunities and near total ignorance by society about both their disadvantages and their capacities. Parents and family members have nowhere to turn for information and support as they struggle to meet the significant needs of their children. These families often end up isolating themselves and suffering in silence.
In June 2006, Noerine Kaleeba’s daughter, Elizabeth, whose son has autism, established the Komo Centre For Understanding Autism in Entebbe. The school operates on a “mainstreaming model,” with 8 autistic children and 21 non autistic pre-school children whose presence stimulates integration and avoids isolation of autistic kids. The school presently offers the following services :
- A controlled environment where autistic children aged 4-13 years can learn and improve their cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral skills.
- The opportunity for a small number of non-autistic pre-school children to interact with children with autism, promoting understanding of autism.
- Respite, counseling, and peer support opportunities for parents and siblings.
- Resource centre for parents of autistic children.
In addition, the Centre pursues a determined programme of advocacy to the general public, and in particular to health and education professionals. Last year, in commemoration of the World Autism Day, the Centre’s coordinator and her son Komo, were invited to appear on a talk show where autism was given a face. The Centre also printed 2,000 leaflets to distribute to the general public to increase awareness and understanding of autism and an article appeared in the Daily Monitor and the New Vision (national Ugandan newspapers) describing the Komo Centre’s work.
For more information, please visit: komocentre.org
Dr. Martha Herbert
Dr. Martha Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Pediatric Neurologist and Neuroscientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, where she is director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders). She is the author of the public-oriented book, The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be.
For more information, please visit: marthaherbert.org
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
Dr. Solomon Moshe
Is a pediatric neurologist specializing in seizures and epilepsy in children and infants. He is affiliated with hospital networks in the NYC area such as Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine where Dr. Moshe also holds a faculty position teaching and researching. His research is helping to understand the causes epilepsy to better predict and develop treatments.
According to Albert Einstein College:
In more than 20 years, Dr. Moshé has mentored numerous scientists and clinicians from around the world in clinical epilepsy and basic science epilepsy-related research.
Dr. Moshé is active in numerous professional societies and elected President of the American Epilepsy Society, the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, the Eastern Association of Electroencephalographers, and past President of The International League against Epilepsy. He is an elected member of the American Neurological Association and the American Pediatric Society.
My Goal 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
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
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
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.
For more information, please visit: popincafe.org
Rocking Horse Rehab
Rocking Horse Rehab is a pediatric rehabilitation and family wellness center specializing in equine assisted therapies along with alternative and traditional therapeutic programs. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities and their families by offering innovative opportunities for clinical, educational and social development through equine assisted therapies and other alternative therapeutic programs. Rocking Horse Rehab’s philosophy is to treat the “whole child” using the expertise of our specialized staff consisting of physical, speech and occupational therapists, clinical social workers, therapeutic riding instructors, music and art therapists.
For more information, please visit: rockinghorserehab.com
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.