Receiving Unwanted or Multiple Phone Calls from an Autism Organization

January 31, 2013

It has been brought our attention that the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation is currently conducting a telemarketing campaign, whereby people are being called multiple times during the day, week, or month. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation has no affiliation or association with Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks will always clearly identify ourselves as Autism Speaks if we do contact you via the phone.

If you have received unwanted calls from the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation, you may call them at 219-359-2361 and follow their instructions to opt-out of future calls. You may also email them at myasdf@yahoo.com or write: 228 West Lincoln Highway #301 Schererville, IN 46375. Again, the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation is in no way affiliated with Autism Speaks

As with any unwanted telephone calls, we would recommend that you visit http://www.fcc.gov/guides/unwanted-telephone-marketing-calls for additional advice on the best way handle these types of calls. With any solicitation for donations, you should be aware of the following:

  1. Before giving any money or donation to anyone calling over the phone, ask the following questions: Is the entity registered in your state to raise charitable funds and is the person calling you working for a private group that benefits financially if they raise money for that entity? Autism Speaks does not use any outside entities or fundraising companies to directly raise money on our behalf. We are also registered in each state.
     
  2. Ask the caller how much of your donation goes to services and how much goes to the company. In most states, answering this question is a requirement.
     
  3. Ask the caller if the organization for which funds are being raised has a website and if the organization has accreditation from a reliable oversight group.
     
  4. Ask the person calling for their name and phone number to call them back after you review the organization. If they don’t wish to give you their name, hang up.
     
  5. If the call is automated, listen for a number to enter to “unsubscribe.”

For more information on how to donate to Autism Speaks, please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/ways-give.