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2016 Local Grant Recipients Announced!

Autism Speaks is excited to announce this year's recipients of the organization's annual Local Grants program! A total of more than $540,000 has been awarded to 116 community-based organizations in 33 states across the country to improve services and quality of life for people with autism. The recipients are listed below by state:

Alabama - Arizona - Arkansas - California - Colorado - Connecticut
Florida - GeorgiaIllinois - Indiana - Kansas - Maine - Maryland
Massachusetts - Minnesota - Missouri - NevadaNew Jersey 
New Mexico - New York - North Carolina - North Dakota - Ohio -
Oregon - PennsylvaniaRhode Island - South Carolina - Texas
Utah - Virginia - Washington - Wisconsin - Wyoming

Autism Speaks Family Services Local Grants are focused on building the field of services for people with autism, expanding the capacity to effectively serve this growing community, and to increase the field of service providers across the country. Recipients were awarded grants of up to $5,000 to fund programs addressing needs and concerns in the autism community in the areas of education, recreation and community activities and young adult/adult services. 

Applications for the Local Grants were carefully reviewed by Autism Speaks and local volunteers – including parents, professionals in the field and people with autism – to get feedback and recommendations on how to best meet the most pressing needs of local communities. Since 2012, the Local Grant program has awarded close to $2 million to 365 organizations serving people with autism. 

*Note: Autism Speaks Local Grants are divided into Chapter, Regional and Neighborhood Grants based on the location of the organization. Chapter Grants are awarded within the 12 chapters of Autism Speaks, Regional Grants are broken down into the four regions (Northeast, Southeast, Northwest and Midwest) and Neighborhood Grants, funded by Sprouts Farmers Market, are awarded in states with Sprouts locations. 

Alabama

Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Foundation
Project Lifesaver
Bay Minette, AL
sheriffofbaldwin.com

Arizona

ACCEL
Wired for Life Interactive Technology Integration Project
Phoenix, AZ
accel.org

Civitan Foundation Inc.
Community Employment Project for Individuals with ASD (CEP)
Phoenix, AZ
civitanfoundationaz.org

Hacienda Inc.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Vocational Program - Technology Implementation Enclave
Phoenix, AZ
haciendahealthcare.org

NorthBridge College Success Program
PEERS Social Success Initiative
Scottsdale, AZ
northbridgeaz.org

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
Education, Training & Consultation (ETC)
Phoenix, AZ
autismcenter.org

Arkansas

A-Camp
Move and Groove Cabin Sensory Equipment Project
Little Rock, AR
acamp4kids.com

California

Autism Movement Therapy, Inc.
Autism Works Now Workplace Readiness Workshop
Van Nuys, CA
autismworksnow.org

Books Aloud
Youth Program
San Jose, CA
booksaloud.org

Children's Health Council
Early Support Program for Autism (ESPA)
Palo Alto, CA
chconline.org

Coryell Autism Center
Athletes with Autism Recreation and Sports Club
Santa Cruz, CA
coryellautismcenter.org

Desert Area Resources and Training
After School Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Ridgecrest, CA
dartontarget.org

Easter Seals Central California
Smartboard for Camp Harmon
Aptos, CA 
campharmon.org

EvoLibri Consulting
MentorWorks
Santa Clara, CA
evolibri.com

Fullerton Cares Autism Foundation
Work Training Program
Fullerton, CA
fullertoncares.com

If I Need Help
Treasure Finders Project
Santa Clarita, CA
ifineedhelp.org

Include Autism
School Inclusion Education and Field Study
San Diego, CA
includeautism.org

Journey of Choice, Inc.
The BFF Project Through POP-Events
Saratoga, CA
journeyofchoice.com

National Foundation for Autism Research
Tech, Vocational Training in Software Testing for Young Adults and Technical Training for Teens
San Diego, CA
nfar.org

New Hope Therapy Center
Project Connect
Garden Grove, CA
newhopetherapycenter.com

Orange County Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts
ALL-STAR MMA Kids
Irvine, CA
ockickboxing.com

Resource for Education, Advocacy, Communication and Housing
Autism Communication Services and Training
Santa Fe Springs, CA
wapadh.com

South Central Los Angeles Regional Center
Autism Outreach and Educational Campaign
Los Angeles, CA
sclarc.org

Spero Vineyards, Inc.
Viticulture Vocational Training Program
San Marino, CA
sperovineyards.com

Tara's Chance
Autism Equine Assisted Activity Program
Fullerton, CA
taraschance.org

Team Prime Time
Prime Time Games Middle and High School Team-based Inclusion Sports Program
Los Angeles, CA
teamprimetime.org

Tierra del Sol Foundation
Pathways to Employment through Community Service
Sunland, CA
tierradelsol.org

Colorado

Autism Society of Colorado
Opening Doors Program
Lakewood, CO
autismcolorado.org

Community College of Aurora
Pilot Internship Program
Aurora, CO
ccaurora.edu

Extreme Sports Camp
Telepresence & Training Capture System
Aspen, CO
ascendigo.org

Firefly Autism
Firefly Early Childhood Education Financial Aid Project
Denver, CO
fireflyautism.org

Laradon Hall Society for Exceptional Children and Adults
Alternative School Sensory Therapy Room
Denver, CO
laradon.org

Rush Pikes Peak Soccer Club
TOPSoccer Thunder Program
Colorado Springs, CO
rushpikespeak.com

STARS Spectrum
D & D Group
Pueblo, CO
starsautismpueblo.org

Connecticut

Oak Hill
Chapter 126 Sports and Fitness
Hartford, CT
oakhillct.org

Florida

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

Livingstone Academy Autism Center 
From Planting to Place-mats
Valrico, FL
livingstoneschools.org

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

Miami Children's Museum
April Autism Awareness Programming
Miami, FL
miamichildrensmuseum.org

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

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project
Morgan's Place
Melbourne, FL
themorganproject.org

Georgia

Altrus Assisted Living
Altrus DD Residential Program - Enhanced Training Pilot
Savannah, GA
altrus.us

Illinois

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

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

Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
CHAT Sensory Room
Chicago, IL
infantwelfaresociety.org

McHenry County College
Executive Functioning Coaching for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Crystal Lake, IL
mchenry.edu/access

Indiana

Van Buren Township Project Lifesaver 
Bloomington, IN
vanburenfire.org

Kansas

Southeast Kansas Education Service Center
Greenbush Connects - Coffeyville
Girard, KS
greenbush.org

Maine

Autism Safety Education & Training (ASET)
Training for First Responders and Community Members
Portland, ME
aset911.com

Maryland

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts

Extra Special Teas
Supported Group Employment Program
Great Barrington, MA
extraspecialteas.org

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

Minnesota

A Global Voice for Autism (Watson University)
Somali Autism Cooperative
Plymouth, MN
aglobalvoiceforautism.org

Missouri

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

High Ridge Fire Protection District
Project Lifesaver
High Ridge, MO
highridgefire.com

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

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

Nevada

Family Resource Center of Northeastern Nevada
Social Activities for Families of Autistic Children
Elko, NV
elkofrc.org

New Jersey

Bancroft
Adult Employment/Transitional Supported Employment for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cherry Hill, NJ
bancroft.org

OASIS tlc
Red Bank, NJ
oasistlc.org

The Wonderful World of Autism
Pine Hill, NJ
thewonderfulworldofautism.com

Washington Twp. Schools
Seeing is Believing
Long Valley, NJ
wtschools.org

New Mexico

VSA Arts of New Mexico
Arts Adventures Autism Respite Program
Albuquerque, NM
vsartsnm.org

New York

ACDS 
Smart Board for Special Education of Preschoolers with Autism
Plainview, NY
acds.org

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

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

El Museo del Barrio 
Work Experience Partnership
New York, NY 
emuseo.org

It's My Place, Inc.
Social Skills Enrichment Groups for Adults with Autism
Islandia, NY
www.itsmyplace4.me

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

New York Institute of Technology
Vocational Independence Program (VIP) Movile iPad Lab
Old Westbury, NY
nyit.edu/vip

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian
Adaptive Riding for Exceptional Children
Islandia, NY
pal-o-mine.org

QSAC, Inc.
Supportive Fitness Program for Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
New York, NY
qsac.com

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

Tech Kids Unlimited 
"Affinity" Podcasts & Animations Weeklong Workshop
New York, NY
techkidsunlimited.org

The ELIJA Foundation
ELIJA Community Garden
Levittown, NY
elija.org

The Family Center for Autism
DIGITABILITY
Garden City, NY
fcautism.org

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

North Carolina

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

Mooresville Senior High School Varsity Club
Mooresville Athletic Skills Development
Mooresville, NC
mgsd.k12.nc.us

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

YMCA of the Triangle
Therapies and Activities for Camp G.R.A.C.E.kids
Raleigh, NC
ymcatriangle.org

North Dakota

Autism Safety Education & Training (ASET)
Training for First Responders, Schools and Community Members
Grand Forks, ND
aset911.com

Ohio

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

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

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

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

Oregon

Autism Service Dogs of America
Community Skills Saturdays
Portland, OR
autismservicedogsofamerica.org

Pennsylvania

Bartram High School
Growing Minds Through Growing Gardens
Philadelphia, PA
bartramhigh.net

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

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

Intermediate Unit 1
Learning Through Sensory Experiences
Coal Center, PA
iu1.org

Pennsylvania Autism Action Center (PAAC)
Sensory Integration Action Center
Brodheadsville, PA
autismactioncenter.com

Skills of Central Pennsylvania
Transition to Adulthood
State College, PA
skillsofcentralpa.org

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

Rhode Island

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

South Carolina

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

Saint John Catholic School
Autism Sensory Room
North Charleston, SC
saintjohncatholicsc.org

The Charles Lea Center
Horizons Autism Program
Spartanburg, SC
charleslea.org

The Lowcountry Autism Consortium
4th Annual Lowcountry Autism Forum
Charleston, SC
lowcountryautismconsortium.org

Texas

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

Autism Community Network
2016 Family Empowerment Program
San Antonio, TX
acn-sa.org

Cedar Park Public Library
Sensory StoryTime
Cedar Park, TX
cedarparktexas.gov/library

Community for Permanent Supported Housing
Project Independence
Plano, TX
txcpsh.org

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

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

Stable-Spirit
Hippotherapy
Rose City, TX
stable-spirit.org

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

Utah

University of Utah Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic
Sibling Group
Salt Lake City, UT
healthcare.utah.edu

Virginia

Creative Works Farm
Hippotherapy/Equestrian Therapy Program
Waynesboro, VA
creativeworksfarm.org

Washington

Haring Center
Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism
Seattle, WA
haringcenter.org

Metro Parks Tacoma
Groovin' with Autism
Tacoma, WA
metrparkstacoma.org

Wisconsin

Autism Society of Wisconsin
Autism Sibling Support Project
Menasha, WI
asw4autism.org

Wyoming

Converse County Sheriff's Office Project Lifesaver Program
Douglas, WY
conversesheriff.info