Autism encompasses a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. It is lifelong and brings with it a heavy financial burden, from the diagnostic testing process itself, to intensive behavioral interventions and therapy, to increased medical expenditures. It also often brings additional stress and emotional strain.
At KNOWAutism Foundation, our goal is to support families and reduce the burden of an Autism diagnosis by:
Thanks to generous donations from our supporters, we were able to provide 4,360 bottles of water to a local church, which was serving as both a shelter and a distribution center. Items were being sent out almost as fast as they were coming in.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, KNOWAutism has tapped into it's contacts in both the public and private sectors to help provided much-needed donations to shelters, distribution centers, and individual special needs families. All donations received through mid-September will be allocated to our Disaster Assistance Fundto help us continue serving our community.
If you are an educator who works with special needs children, please fill out our SPED Needs Request Form.
If you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder and are in need of assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, please fill out our online Disaster Assistance Application.
KNOWAutism helped relocate a special needs family out of a shelter setting and into a more suitable, longterm housing arrangement. This allowed the family to remain to close their doctors and continue care for their medically fragile child.
By partnering with the generous people at North Side Bananas, we were able to deliver 250 cases of bananas to the shelter at George R. Brown Convention Center in the early days after the storm. That is about 25,000 bananas!