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Chapter Grant Recipients 2016

Through the fourth annual Chapter Grants program, Autism Speaks distributed up to $5,000 to 62 organizations located in the areas of 11 of the 12 Autism Speaks chapters* for a total of over $257,000. The programs along with their location and category are listed below by region. Learn more about the Autism Speaks local grant programs here!

Long Island
National Capital Area
New England
New Jersey
South Florida
St. Louis
Western Pennsylvania

*Note: The 14 Southern California chapter grants were funded through the Sprouts Neighborhood Grant program. Learn more here.

Carolinas Chapter

Autism Foundation of the Carolinas
Expansion of the PATHS (Preparing Adolescents to Transition from High School) Program
Charlotte, NC

EdVenture, Inc.
Cooking Classes for Adolescents with Autism
Columbia, SC

Mooresville Senior High School Varsity Club
Mooresville Athletic Skills Development
Mooresville, NC

Saint John Catholic School
Autism Sensory Room
North Charleston, SC

The Charles Lea Center
Horizons Autism Program
Spartanburg, SC

The Lowcountry Autism Consortium
4th Annual Lowcountry Autism Forum
Charleston, SC

UNC TEACCH Charlotte Center
The Science of Autism: An Inclusive Awareness and Understanding Event
Charlotte, NC

YMCA of the Triangle
Therapies and Activities for Camp
Raleigh, NC

Chicago Chapter

Center for Enriched Living
Sensory and Assistive Equipment for Individuals with Autism in the REACH (for Success) Adult Program
Riverwoods, IL

EarlyVention LLC
EarlyVention Cares & Cost-Efficiency Project
Tinley Park, IL

Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
CHAT Sensory Room
Chicago, IL

McHenry County College
Executive Functioning Coaching for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Crystal Lake, IL

Long Island Chapter

Smart Board for Special Education of Preschoolers with Autism
Plainview, NY

Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association
AHA Spring Conference Assistance Program: Scholarships for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Bethpage, NY

Developmental Disabilities Institute, Inc. (DDI)
DDI Sports Academy
Smithtown, NY

It's My Place, Inc.
Social Skills Enrichment Groups for Adults with Autism
Islandia, NY

Long Island Children's Museum
Aesop's Fables for ASD Audience
Garden City, NY

New York Institute of Technology
Vocational Independence Program (VIP) Movile iPad Lab
Old Westbury, NY

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian
Adaptive Riding for Exceptional Children
Islandia, NY

Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Expanding Welcoming Spaces: Serving Library Patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Bellport, NY

The ELIJA Foundation
ELIJA Community Garden
Levittown, NY

The Family Center for Autism
Garden City, NY

Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
After School in the Arts...Aftercare with a Flair
Lido Beach, NY

National Capital Area

Creative Works Farm
Hippotherapy/Equestrian Therapy Program
Waynesboro, VA

Make Studio Art Program, Inc.
Expanding Create Community: Professional Arts Immersion Workshops for Young People with Autism
Baltimore, MD

No Limit Fitness Sports Performance
The Authlete Program Group Fitness Classes!
Baltimore, MD

The Treatment and Learning Centers (TTLC)
Train the Teacher Webinar Series
Rockville, MD

University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Baltimore Foundation, Inc.
Maximizing Independence: Daily Mouth Care for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Baltimore, MD

New England Chapter

Autism Safety Education & Training (ASET)
Training for First Responders and Community Members
Portland, ME

Extra Special Teas
Supported Group Employment Program
Great Barrington, MA

Family Service of Greater Boston, Inc.
My Child's Journey (MCJ)
Boston, MA

Oak Hill
Chapter 126 Sports and Fitness
Hartford, CT

The Autism Project
Autism Project Leadership Academy Advanced Skills Mentoring and Coaching Program
Johnston, RI

New Jersey Chapter

Adult Employment/Transitional Supported Employment for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cherry Hill, NJ

Red Bank, NJ

The Wonderful World of Autism
Pine Hill, NJ

Washington Twp. Schools
Seeing is Believing
Long Valley, NJ

Ohio Chapter

Ohio University Hearing Speech and Language Clinic
Training Future SLPs about Autism Through Outreach in Rural Appalachia
Athens, OH

The Children's Home of Cincinnati
Ready Set Work!
Cincinnati, OH

The Ohio State University (Office of Sponsored Programs)
Developing Educational Tools Targeted at Transitioning ASD Patients to Adult Primary Care Services
Columbus, OH

University of Cincinnati Foundation
Out of Our Comfort Zone: Sexual Health Education for Individuals with ASD and Significant Needs
Cincinnati, OH

South Florida Chapter

Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
Developmental Disability Small Business Network (DDSBN)
Boca Raton, FL

Miami Children's Museum
April Autism Awareness Programming
Miami, FL

Miami is Kind Foundation, Inc.
The Bakery and Pastry Arts Program
Miami, FL

Mailman Segal Center at Nova Southeastern University
Learn Around the Clock: Establishing a Learning Environment that Extends Beyond the Classroom
Fort Lauderdale, FL

St. Louis Chapter

Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation
Special Needs Tracking and Awareness System (STARS)
St. Louis, MO

High Ridge Fire Protection District
Project Lifesaver
High Ridge, MO

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) St. Louis
KEEN Sports and Sings
St. Louis, MO

United Cerebral Palsy Center Heartland - Center for Autism
Peer-Assisted Social Skills Group
Manchester, MO

Texas Chapter

Advocacy for Living in Mainstream America - ALMA
Teens Needing Teens Peer Mentor Program (ALMA TNT)
Austin, TX

Autism Community Network
2016 Family Empowerment Program
San Antonio, TX

Cedar Park Public Library
Sensory StoryTime
Cedar Park, TX

Community for Permanent Supported Housing
Project Independence
Plano, TX

Dallas Museum of Art
Programming for Children and Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dallas, TX

Heart of Central Texas Independent Living Center, Inc. (HOCTILC)
Transition, It's A Family Affair
Belton, TX

Rose City, TX

The Summerhouse
Shred for Independence: Expanding Vocational Training and Employment for Young Adults with Autism
Houston, TX

Western Pennsylvania Chapter

Fine Art Miracles, Inc.
Social Robot Enhanced Learning for Early Learners on the Autism Spectrum
Pittsburgh, PA

In-Stride with Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Horseback Riding for the Disabled
Eighty Four, PA

Intermediate Unit 1
Learning Through Sensory Experiences
Coal Center, PA

Skills of Central Pennsylvania
Transition to Adulthood
State College, PA

University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Health and Physical Education
On Target - Aim for Success (Archery & Autism)
Bradford, PA

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

In 2016, Autism Speaks also distributed grants through both the Regional and Neighborhood Grants programs. Learn more about the recipients of Regional Grants here and Neighborhood Grants here!