American Autism & Rehabilitation Foundation, (AARF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on early intervention, family support, and minimizing the obstacles that interfere with independence for the growing child with special needs.
With our coordinated, interdisciplinary team approach, we are dedicated to serving families, children, and adults with all types of congenital and acquired neurological conditions such as Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, etc.
To accomplish these goals, our highly educated and passionate pediatric specialists focus, not only on the therapeutic aspect of healing, but real issues that cause family structures to break down, leaving the special needs child lost in the shuffle. The majority of a special needs parent’s time is spent coping, keeping their child safe, getting them to and from therapy, and providing hygiene, even into adulthood. Sadly, their focus shifts from other children in the family, leaving them vulnerable to outside forces, loss of self-esteem, isolation, etc.
Due to these despairing and heart-breaking issues, AARF puts great emphasis on supporting the family as a whole by hosting events such as sibling support groups, “My Time-In”, parent support groups, “My Time-Out”, summer camps, “Camp S.A.I.L.”, “Sensory Friendly Trick or Treat”, “Moments with Santa”, “Special Needs Resource Fair”, “Paws for a Cause Walk”, and many more. These events not only assist families with day-to-day issues, but many of them raise funds to be infused back into the community to assist with life changing therapy, medical equipment, education, support, and acquiring service animals, just to name a few. In addition, AARF houses a large resource center that is open to the public.
No parent should ever have to face the day when they are forced to send their child to a group home. American Autism & Rehabilitation Foundation provides the support and resources to keep that tragedy from ever becoming a reality, giving hope to every family with a special needs child; hope for their child’s future; hope that they too, become happy, healthy, and productive citizens, thriving in their community.
You can make a difference for the special needs community. Donate today.