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Children with Autism and Other Mental Disabilities in Eastern Europe

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American Autism Association

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Presently and on a global scale, autism affects 1 in every 70 boys and 1 in every 110 girls, with incidence rates increasing annually. The shrinking budgets at the state and local level have meant that many families have lost access to services as programs that previously operated at low cost or on a sliding fee scale have been forced to increase the amount they charge; pricing low-income families out of their programs. Additionally, case management services have been cut dramatically, leaving many low-income families without assistance in coordinating service providers or in navigating the complex diagnosis, which often comes with having an autistic child.

What is your project and how will it help?

American Autism Association (AAA) provides community-based sports and recreational programs that improve the functioning, health and self-esteem of children and youth with autism to low-income children and their families. The programs designed by AAA vary widely and we focus our efforts on being able to work to meet the specific and often complex needs of a variety of children on the Autism Spectrum. With everything from dance to arts and crafts, AAA continues to expand our program offerings by forming partnerships or funding pilot programs, which can demonstrate both need and effectiveness. AAA also provides non-diagnostic referrals to service providers we have reviewed and researched and assistance to parents in accessing health and educational resources available through government agencies.

Recently we’ve begun aiding children in orphanages in Kiev and Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine) who have mental disabilities, specifically autism. Our goal is to provide these children with school supplies, clothing, and other necessities that they don’t have access to. Eventually, we would like to fund extracurricular and recreational programs in the same area.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Other people can partner with us by sponsoring us, notably by giving us funds, external assistance, and clothing and schol supplies/materials. Anything that we can provide for children is acceptable.

Please detail the resources that you need.

Approximately $80,000 per year is spent to directly aid our children in need of special education services and autism treatment. This is our current years’ operating budget for our organizations needs in general and in the United States. We’re looking for additional funding and resources so that we can grow our efforts in the Ukraine. In order to fund our free programs, we need monetary donations of all kinds and children’s toys, dance/sports equipment, etc. to fulfill our goal of providing quality programming.


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Partnership types

Advocacy of global issues; Provision of services / personnel; Provision of goods

Regions / countries / territories

Americas: United States

Global issues

Disability issues

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