Since 2003, the National Autism Association has created and implemented direct-assistance programs for the growing number of families affected by autism. Along with these services, NAA provides autism research funding, ongoing advocacy, support and education.
Because we are a parent-led non-profit organization, our objectives and resources center on:
- Strengthening autism families by providing support in areas of greatest need, such as safety, therapy and medical services
- Providing our members and community with the latest information pertaining to research, education, legislation, safety, and therapy and treatment trends
- Funding impactful research studies aimed at real progress for our children
- Raising awareness about the autism epidemic
Although autism affects more children than any other childhood disorder, it is still the least funded. As awareness increases about autism, our hope is that resources will also increase. Until that time, we will continue to expand our programs so that we may provide support to as many autism families as possible.
- Helping Hand Program
- Big Red Safety Box/FOUND
- Big Red Safety Teacher Toolkit
- Give A Voice
- Autism ATRIUM
- Progress Research
- National Autism Conference
The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary medical treatments, lab testing, physician-recommended supplements and therapies for their child with autism. This program does not provide funding for iPads, camp tuition, respite care, fencing, trampolines, swingsets, trips to Disney World, etc.
Funding is extremely limited. This program is intended ONLY for parents in DIRE financial need. Do not apply if your annual net income exceeds $50,000. Helping Hand grants are one-time grants, previous recipients may not re-apply.
Give a Voice Program: This program provides communication devices to individuals with autism whose communication challenges put them at increased risk of injury or harm.
NAA’s Autism ATRIUM is a new educational initiative featuring webiNAArs and blogs by experts on multiple topics affecting the autism community.