The Arkansas chapter of the National Autism Association is a family-driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to increasing awareness of autism in our community, supporting, connecting and empowering families, and improving the lives of individuals living with an autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan.
According to the most recent CDC prevalence study released in March, 2014 by the Autism & Developmental Disability Monitoring (ADDM) Network, the current rate of autism in the U.S. is now 1 in 68 births. Rates of autism overall have increased dramatically, though ASD is five times more common in boys (1 in 42!) than girls (1 in 189). The cost of caring for a child on the autism spectrum is around $17,000 more per year than raising a child without ASD. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability with a child being diagnosed with autism at least every 20 minutes!
Despite the rapidly increasing numbers, there is hope! There are many children who improve significantly when nutritional and biochemical imbalances are addressed through diet and supplementation. Various therapies to address sensory dysfunction, behavioral issues and relationship development can help improve the quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our organization. Ten percent of money raised will be sent to the National office in support of programs such as Helping Hand and Big Red Safety Box/Found. These programs provide direct support to autism families in need. The remaining 90% of money raised will stay right here in Arkansas, and would go to support families in various ways (e.g., funding social events, providing educational speakers on relevant topics, increasing awareness about autism in our community, marriage support, sibling support, etc.).
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to our organization, please contact
Cindy Fong at (501) 952-6508 or email@example.com
Visit our parent site for more information and resources: nationalautismassociation.org