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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. 


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


Wired for Life Interactive Technology Integration Project
Phoenix, AZ

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

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

NorthBridge College Success Program
PEERS Social Success Initiative
Scottsdale, AZ

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


Move and Groove Cabin Sensory Equipment Project
Little Rock, AR


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

Books Aloud
Youth Program
San Jose, CA

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

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

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

Easter Seals Central California
Smartboard for Camp Harmon
Aptos, CA

EvoLibri Consulting
Santa Clara, CA

Fullerton Cares Autism Foundation
Work Training Program
Fullerton, CA

If I Need Help
Treasure Finders Project
Santa Clarita, CA

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

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

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

New Hope Therapy Center
Project Connect
Garden Grove, CA

Orange County Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts
Irvine, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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


Autism Society of Colorado
Opening Doors Program
Lakewood, CO

Community College of Aurora
Pilot Internship Program
Aurora, CO

Extreme Sports Camp
Telepresence & Training Capture System
Aspen, CO

Firefly Autism
Firefly Early Childhood Education Financial Aid Project
Denver, CO

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

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

STARS Spectrum
D & D Group
Pueblo, CO


Oak Hill
Chapter 126 Sports and Fitness
Hartford, CT


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Van Buren Township Project Lifesaver 
Bloomington, IN


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


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


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


Extra Special Teas
Supported Group Employment Program
Great Barrington, MA

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


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


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


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

New Jersey

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

New Mexico

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

New York

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

El Museo del Barrio 
Work Experience Partnership
New York, 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

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

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

Tech Kids Unlimited 
"Affinity" Podcasts & Animations Weeklong Workshop
New York, 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

North Carolina

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

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

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

North Dakota

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


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


Autism Service Dogs of America
Community Skills Saturdays
Portland, OR


Bartram High School
Growing Minds Through Growing Gardens
Philadelphia, PA

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

Pennsylvania Autism Action Center (PAAC)
Sensory Integration Action Center
Brodheadsville, 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

Rhode Island

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

South Carolina

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

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


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


University of Utah Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic
Sibling Group
Salt Lake City, UT


Creative Works Farm
Hippotherapy/Equestrian Therapy Program
Waynesboro, VA


Haring Center
Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism
Seattle, WA

Metro Parks Tacoma
Groovin' with Autism
Tacoma, WA


Autism Society of Wisconsin
Autism Sibling Support Project
Menasha, WI


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