Autism Charities

What comes to mind when you think of autism charities?

Activism, raising awareness, research, support? Yes, many do provide those necessary services. But there are many more diverse and unique autism charities representing many different abilities and needs across the spectrum. For example, did you know that there is a charity that provides service dogs for children on the spectrum? And a charity that works toward empowering children and adults to become self-advocates?

Ady’s Army

Founded with the diverse and complex needs of special needs families in mind, Ady’s Army offers services that many unfamiliar with life on the spectrum would understand.

  • Ady’s Barracks – Many children on the spectrum have a tendency to wander, not understanding possible dangers. The barracks program provides fences for children, giving them the ability to enjoy nature safely and bringing peace of mind to parents and other care-givers.
  • Ady’s Wings – Travel is exceptionally stressful and expensive for those on the spectrum and their families due to the stimulation in commercial airlines, while special accommodations and dietary restrictions can create financially overwhelming experiences. Ady’s Army has partnered with another non-profit, Angel Wings, to provide flights for families to travel for medical attention.
  • Ady’s Paws – Many children on the spectrum also suffer from seizures. Specially trained service dogs not only alert parents in the event of a seizure, but also comfort and care for the child. Ady’s Army seeks to raise funds to provide these life-savers to children and families in need.

SABE – Self Advocates Becoming Empowered

Not content to let special needs individuals be victims and dependent on others, SABE empowers them to speak for themselves.

Existing for over 24 years, and administered by special needs individuals, SABE works toward full inclusion of those on the spectrum in all 50 states and throughout the territories. Their official purpose statement states that they “ensure that people with disabilities are treated as equals and that our give the same decisions, choices, rights, responsibilities, chance to speak up to empower themselves, to make new friends and renew old friendships and to learn from mistakes as everyone else.”

The very practical project in which they are currently involved helps individuals on the spectrum to register to vote in the primaries and national elections.

From service dogs to voting, autism charities represent a wide range of opportunities. When considering charitable giving, make sure you support unique organizations that meet lesser-known needs in your community and across the country.


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