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The Autism Society of Florida creates connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully.
The
connection
is you.

About Autism

 

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability affecting 1 in 36 children in the United States.  
 

Use these quick links to learn more.
 

ABOUT AUTISM

FIRST STEPS

ADULTS WITH AUTISM

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Join us Mondays through March 1st at 7 PM for our Safe Schools Task Force Meeting

 The legislative session is in full force and if we don't advocate for kids with disabilities to have safe schools, who will?? We are working on Cameras in Classrooms, elopement provisions, law enforcement training in autism and drowning prevention - ALL things that any legislator should get behind - totally nonpartisan.

Please register - link below

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It was a

GREAT day!

Thank you for attending

The Autism Society of Florida has partnered with Leaderpass to create a comprehensive training for families, teachers and first responders. 

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Subscribe to No Limits Global and you get 5 separate Passes chock-full of knowledge and newfound insights that will keep you, your family, or your team informed and equipped with the knowledge necessary to improve individual outcomes.

No Limits Global provides premiere instruction from vetted experts to improve the quality of life for those with autism and the families who love them.

The ambition of the Autism Society of Florida and its collaboration with Leaderpass is to bring about meaningful change by removing antiquated limiting belief systems and encouraging this compassionate and vibrant community of individuals to thrive in a way they may have never thought possible.

AUTISM AWARENESS/ACCEPTANCE MONTH APRIL 2024

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REPRESENT 

your love and acceptance with our NEW MERCH

All profits go directly back into the community!

Check out our cool t-shirts and hats, backpacks, tumblers and totes!

AUTISM FAMILY FUN DAY

In honor of Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month in April 2024 the Autism Society of Florida has partnered with parks across Florida to organize a FREE DAY AT THE PARKS!!!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION!

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Ride or Donate to our team!

We are so excited to be participating in the Annual Bike to the Beach event again this year!  

As a nonprofit organization made up of ALL volunteers, EVERY DOLLAR we raise goes right back into our community to help those who need it most!

Help us provide swim scholarships to children with autism. Last year 94 children died from drowning in the state of Florida. We MUST work harder to make a difference and save lives, and we know we can do it with your help!

TWO WAYS YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

RIDE OR DONATE

Sign up to RIDE or simply MAKE A DONATION TO OUR TEAM

You can participate in person or do a virtual ride.

If you sign up to ride you’ll get a cool biking shirt - Register to ride and sign up to be on the Autism Society of Florida team OR Make your Donation - CLICK LINK BELOW

https://my.biketothebeach.org/AutismSocietyFlorida202423 

EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2024

Thank you for taking an important step in supporting people with autism.

We are fueled by passion and the desire to empower every person with autism and their families. People with autism have unique gifts and can contribute to their communities in many ways. We're fortunate to have them in our lives. The best advocacy occurs with education, respect and the presumption of competence for all. 

PREMIER FIRST RESPONDER TRAINING

ASF provides autism training for police officers and other first responders with information and life saving techniques to assist in encounters between professionals and children and adults with autism.

Training includes recognizing the signs of ASD, handling behavioral challenges, de-escalation strategies, elopement issues, helpful resources and much more.

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COMMUNITY AND LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

Our board advocates for and contributes to crafting legislation to protect, empower and improve the quality of life for people with autism in all aspects of life.​ We forge relationships with legislators as well as people in our communities to educate, inform and create awareness about the needs of individuals with autism in Florida. 

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DROWNING PREVENTION

Drowning is the #1 cause of death in autism and Florida leads the way in child drownings resulting in death. Kids with ASD are 160 times more likely to experience nonfatal and fatal drowning than their neurotypical peers. The Autism Society of Florida provides swim lesson scholarships that help to save lives. Training in autism is provided to water safety instructors to prepare them for teaching necessary skills to children and adults with autism. 

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PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS

Our kids don’t come with a special manual or born to parents who have a certain set of skills. We learn as we go. Sometimes we figure things out fairly quickly, and sometimes it takes years of hard work and perspiration. If we try to do it all alone, or feel that we’ve been abandoned by those we once counted on, life can easily begin to feel as though it’s impossible. Join our support group.

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Welcome to the Board!

Elizabeth Bonker and Janae Duclos

We are thrilled to introduce our 2 new Autism Society of Florida board members! Elizabeth Bonker is a self advocate who recently graduated as valedictorian of Rollins College and Janae Duclos, a sibling who has held numerous positions of leadership in the field of autism and comes to us with a great depth of knowledge.

We are truly thankful for their acceptance onto the board and are excited to see how they can help us forge better tomorrows for Floridians w autism.

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Thank you to our Key Champions

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