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Chapter Grant Recipients 2013

Through the second annual Chapter Grants program, Autism Speaks distributed up to $5,000 to 54 organizations located in the areas of the 11 Autism Speaks chapters (up from four chapters in 2012) for a total of close to $250,000. The programs along with their location, category and website are listed below by region. Learn more about the Chapter Grants here.

Carolinas
Chicagoland
Long Island
National Capital Area
New England
New Jersey
Ohio
South Florida
St. Louis
Western Pennsylvania
*Note: The 22 Southern California chapter grants were funded through the Sprouts Neighborhood Grant program.

Carolinas Chapter

ABC of NC Child Development Center
Practicum Stipends & Textbook Library for Autism Paraprofessionals Training
Winston-Salem, NC
Category: Education
abcofnc.org

Autism Foundation of the Carolinas
Middle School Expansion of the Inclusion-Based Afterschool Enrichment Program for Children with ASD
Charlotte, NC
Category: Recreation/Community Activities 
autismcarolinas.org

Autism Services of Mecklenberg County, Inc.
Breaking Down Barriers with iPad Tablet Technology
Charlotte, NC
Category: Equipment/Technology
asmcinc.com

North Carolina Zoological Society
NC Zoo - Safari Explorations
Asheboro, NC
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
nczoo.com

Trident Academy
Customized iPads for Our HFA Students
Charleston, SC
Category: Equipment/Supportive Technology
tridentacademy.com

YWCA Greater Charleston
Workforce Empowerment
Charleston, SC
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
ywcacharleston.org

Chicago Chapter

Envision Unlimited
Smart Board for Impoverished Adults with Autism
Chicago, IL
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
envisionchicago.org

Jewish Child & Family Services
Families Empowered Through Technology
Chicago, IL
Category: Equipment/Supportive Technology
jcfs.org

Julie and Michael Tracy Family Foundation
Urban Autism Solutions: Not Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen
Glenview, IL
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
jmtf.org

PACTT Learning Center
PACTT Summer Camp
Oak Park, IL
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
pactt.org

YMCA
Goldfish Swim Program
Chicago, IL
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
ymcachicago.org

Long Island Chapter

Kulanu Center for Special Services
Sunday Inclusion Social Activities for Young Adults with ASD and Other Disabilities
Cedarhurst, NY
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
kulanukids.org

Life's WORC
Student Success Program
Garden City, NY
Category: Education
lifesworc.org

New York Therapy Placement Services, Inc. - NYT Kids
Promoting Life-Long Social Skills through Sensory, Motor and Social Groups Integrated in the Community
Port Jefferson Station, NY
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
nytps.com

Positive Behavior Support Community Foundation, Inc.
Big Time Glee & CLIFF Community-Based Social Groups
Greenlawn, NY
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
pbscommunityfoundation.org

Spectrum Designs Foundation
Expanding the Spectrum of Opportunities
Port Washington, NY
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
spectrumdesigns.org

Valley Stream South High School
Social Skills Training Project
Valley Stream, NY
Category: Equipment/Supportive Technology
vschsd.org

National Capital Area

Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center
Project FLOAA: Foundations of Local Opportunities for Adults with Autism
Roanoke, VA
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
braacroanoke.org

Children's National
The Help Me Keep Calm Program: Meeting All Patient Needs in the Emergency Department
Washington, DC
Category: Equipment/Supportive Technology
childrensnational.org

Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore
Recreation and Respite Behavior and Autism Specialist
New Castle, DE
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
easterseals.com/de

Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
Understanding Autism "Curriculum in a Box" for Secondary School Teachers
Arlington, VA
Category: Education
researchautism.org

Pathfinders for Autism
Maryland First Responder Training
Cockeysville, MD
Category: Education
pathfindersforautism.org

Pathfinders for Autism
Vocational Training and Employer Toolkit
Cockeysville, MD
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
pathfindersforautism.org

New England Chapter

Association for Community Living
Respite for Underserved Families
Easthampton, MA
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
theassociationinc.org

Autism Services Resources Connecticut (ASRC)
Autism Transition Boot Camp
Wallingford, CT
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
autismconnecticut.org

Greater Boston YMCA/Reading Burbank YMCA
Sunday Swim for Special Needs Children
Melrose, MA
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
ymcaboston.org

Greengard Center for Autism
Greengard Center Training Project
Portsmouth, NH
Category: Education
greengardcenter.org

Music & Youth Initiative
Music Therapy Clubhouse Program
Boston, MA
Category: Education
musicandyouth.org

New Jersey Chapter

Bancroft Neurohealth
Bancroft GetFIT Exercise Program
Haddonfield, NJ
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
bancroft.org

Eden Autism Services
Autism Training Videos/Webinars
Princeton, NJ
Category: Education
edenautism.org

Employment Horizons
Video Based Employment Supports for Individuals with ASD
Cedar Knolls, NJ
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
emhorizons.org

Rider University
Meeting the Needs of College Students with ASD
Ewing, NJ
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
rider.edu

Young Audiences of NJ and Eastern PA
Making Art Connections for Students with Autism Education
Princeton, NJ
Category: Education
yanj-yaep.org

Ohio Chapter

Franklin County Historical Society
Video Modeling the COSI Experience
Columbus, OH
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
fcghs-oh.org

Helping Hands Center for Special Needs
Autism Acts - Integrating Music and Speech Therapy with Theater
Columbus, OH
Category: Education
helpinghandscenter.com

Notre Dame College
Summer Springboard to Success and CESS
South Euclid, OH
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
notredamecollege.edu

The Rich Center for Autism
Team Approach to Therapeutic Services
Youngstown, OH
Category: Education
ysu.edu/richcenter

Society for Handicapped Citizens of Medina County, Inc.
A New Independence with iPad Technology
Seville, OH
Category: Equipment/Supportive Technology
shc-medina.org

South Florida Chapter

Autism After 21
iPad Mini Tech Training
Boca Raton, FL
Category: Equipment/Supportive Technology
autismafter21.org

Beth David Congregation
The Tikvah Center
Key Biscayne, FL
Category: Equipment/Supportive Technology
bethdavidmiami.org

Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
STAR Autism Curriculum
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Category: Education
edline.net

Foundation La Ventana de los Cielos
Employment Skills Program
Homestead, FL
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
laventanadeloscielos.org

Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options
Peer to Peer - Making Friends Together
Sunrise, FL
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
jafco.org

Schoolhouse Academy
Schoolhouse Rocks
Miami, FL
Category: Equipment/Supportive Technology
schoolhouseprep.com

St. Louis Chapter

Center for Autism Education
Volunteerism/Employment at the Center for Autism Education
O'Fallon, MO
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
teachautism.org

Miriam Foundation
Miriam Outreach Initiative: Sensory Integration Equipment
St. Louis, MO
Category: Equipment/Supportive Technology
miriamstl.org

Pathways to Independence
Social College
St. Louis, MO
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
pathways2independence.com

St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association
St. Louis LDA Community Training and Outreach Program
St. Louis, MO
Category: Education
ldastl.org

Team Activities for Special Kids
Sensory Room
Fenton, MO
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
tasksports.org

Western Pennsylvania Chapter

Leg Up Farm, Inc.
Leading Change
Mt. Wolf, PA
Category: Recreation/Community Activities
legupfarm.org

The Hope Learning Center
Playground of Hope
Wexford, PA
Category: Equipment/Supportive Technology
thehopelearningcenter.com

Pressley Ridge
Successful Transitions for Young Adults with Autism
Pittsburgh, PA
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
pressleyridge.com

The School at McGuire Memorial
Integrating Technology and Applied Behavior Analysis Across School and Home Settings
New Brighton, PA
Category: Education
mcguirememorial.org

Slippery Rock Foundation
TRAILS to Transition
Slippery Rock, PA
Category: Young Adult/Adult Services
sru.edu

**Note: The Southern California Chapter grants were funded through the Sprouts Neighborhood Grants program. Click here to learn more!

In 2013, Autism Speaks also distributed grants through both the Regional and Neighborhood Grants programs. Learn more about Regional Grants here and Neighborhood Grants here!