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:
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, KNOWAutism help provided much-needed donations to shelters, distribution centers, and individual special needs families. In November 2017, KNOWAutism received a grant from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which was established by Mayor Turner and County Judge Emmett and is managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
With this grant, KNOWAutism is providing financial assistance awards to assist families with the cost of therapeutic treatment and care related to autism spectrum disorder. Limited funding is also available for Emergency Financial Assistance, which may be used for basic necessities including transportation, housing, food, and clothing needs. To be eligible, applicants must live in the City of Houston and/or Harris County. To learn more about the program or to submit an application, please visit our HHRF 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!
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.