Autism Speaks announces 2021 Norma and Malcom Baker Recreation Grant Recipients

114 organizations across 31 states received funding for community programs

May 3, 2022
Autism Speaks announces 2021 Norma and Malcom Baker Recreation Grant Recipients

We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 Autism Speaks Norma and Malcom Baker Recreation Grants. These grants fund programs that provide autistic people of all ages with social and educational experiences that positively impact their daily lives and help them reach their full potential.

This year, 114 organizations across 31 states were awarded grant funding of up to $5,000. Their programs fund a range of initiatives, including summer camps, adult services, adult employment programs, physical fitness activities and swimming and water safety programs.

Grant applications were reviewed by a team of independent evaluators. The reviewers consisted of people with autism, parents, caregivers, clinicians and other supporters of the autism community. Autism Speaks asks reviewers to evaluate applications in their local area so that submissions are reviewed with the current needs of the community in mind. Once the evaluation process was completed, the top-rated finalists were approved for funding by our organization's leadership team.

Grant recipients were chosen based on their ability to:

  • reach a wide age range of people on the spectrum
  • have a true, measurable impact on the lives of those who participate and their loved ones
  • grow and replicate best practices with other partners in their community, state or region

Since 2018, the Autism Speaks Baker Grant program has awarded over $1,094,000 to 237 organizations nationwide and served tens of thousands of people with autism, their caregivers, families, teachers, therapists and peers.

Thank you to all of our grant winners and applicants. We appreciate your dedication to serve our community.

Autism Speaks 2021 Grant Recipients

Organization

Project Name

Category

City

Arts 'n Autism Inc.

Arts 'n Autism 2022 Summer SPLASH Camps

Swimming and Water Safety

Tuscaloosa, AL

Auburn University

Enhancing Training of Adapted CrossFit Instructors to Improve Access for Individuals with ASD

Physical Fitness and Sports 

Auburn, AL

Rockin' Baker Academy

H.O.P.E.

Employment 

Fayetteville, AR

Ability360

Autism Empowerment Program (AEP)

Physical Fitness and Sports

Phoenix, AZ

Detour Company Theatre

The Academy

Adult Services

Scottsdale, AZ

Echoing Hope Ranch

Group Supported Employment (GSE)

Employment 

Hereford, AZ

5-Eleven Hoops

Project Bridge The Gap

Physical Fitness and Sports 

Long Beach, CA

AbilityFirst

AbilityFirst Camp Paivika

Summer Camps

Pasadena, CA

Autism Peer 1 on 1

Autism Peer 1 on 1

Summer Camps

Cypress, CA

Autism Society San Diego

Camp I CAN (Camp Including Children with Autism Now)

Summer Camps

San Diego, CA

Carlos Vieira Foundation

Autism Days

Summer Camps

Livingston, CA

Code the Spectrum

Coding Star Summer Camp for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Summer Camps

Irvine, CA

Desert Recreation Foundation

Adaptive Special Events for Community Inclusion

Adult Services 

Indio, CA

Etta Israel Center

Summer@ETTA 2022

Summer Camps

North Hollywood, CA

Gateway Center of Monterey County Inc.

Without Walls

Adult Services

Pacific Grove, CA

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

Inclusion Aides for Campers with Autism

Summer Camps

La Jolla, CA

Poppy Life Care

Nutritional Program

Physical Fitness and Sports

Newport Beach, CA

RAD Camp Inc.

Bringing Back RAD In-Person Summer Camps in 2022

Summer Camps

Irvine, CA

Tara's Chance

Equine Therapy

Physical Fitness and Sports 

Fullerton, CA

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento

Summer CAMP for Kids

Summer Camps

Sacramento, CA

Abilis

Abilis Employment Program

Employment 

Greenwich, CT

Benhaven Inc.

Career and Transition Services

Employment

North Haven, CT

Arts for Autism

Arts for Autism Spectrum Dance Therapy

Summer Camps

Hialeah, FL

Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities Inc. D/B/A The Haven

Sumer Camp Scholarships for Teens with ASD

Summer Camps

Sarasota, FL

Freedom Sailing Camp of Florida Inc.

Out of the Comfort Zone and on the Water Sailing

Summer Camps

Clearwater, FL

Greater Miami Youth Symphony

Homestead Summer Camp 2022

Summer Camps

Miami, FL

Miami Dance Project Inc.

Miami Dance Project 2022 Summer Dance Camp

Summer Camps

Pinecrest, FL

St. Andrew Bay Center Inc.

Adult Day Training

Adult Services

Lynn Haven, FL

University of Central Florida Foundation Inc.

Camp iREAD (intensive Reading for the Enrichment of Academic Development)

Summer Camps

Orlando, FL

University of Miami

Evaluating the Good Behavior Game with Children with ASD

Physical Fitness and Sports

Coral Gables, FL

Camp Southern Ground

Swim and Water Safety for Neurodiverse Campers

Swimming and Water Safety

Fayetteville, GA

Extra Special People Inc.

Corps Class

Adult Services

Watkinsville, GA

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation

Camp I Can Summer Camp Scholarships

Summer Camps

Cumming, GA

Hands & Hearts for Horses

Summer Camp

Summer Camps

Thomasville, GA

Rockdale County

Swimming For Everyone

Swimming and Water Safety

Conyers, GA

Thomasville Autism Center

Responding to the Needs of Children and Families Living with ASD in the Southern Georgia Area

Summer Camps

Thomasville, GA

YMCA of Metro Atlanta

YMCA of Metro Atlanta's Swim and Water Safety Lessons for Children with Autism

Swimming and Water Safety

Atlanta, GA

Lanakila Pacific

Lanakila Pacific PEERS® Social Skills Training for Young Adults

Employment 

Honolulu, HI

Mosaic Haven LLC.

Future Ready Transition Program

Employment

Urbandale, IA

Barbara Olson Center of Hope

Community Inclusion Project

Adult Services

Rockford, IL

Brehm Preparatory Schools Inc.

Giant City Stables Equine Therapy Program at Brehm Preparatory School - Let's Ride!

Physical Fitness and Sports

Carbondale, IL

Giant Steps

Improving Affordability of Winter Rec Camps 2021

Summer Camps

Lisle, IL

Keshet

Keshet Winter Camp

Summer Camps

Northbook, IL

Special Gifts Theatre

Creating Outside the Lines: Educational, Therapeutic, Recreational Theatre Arts Program

Adult Services

Northbrook, IL

The Hope School

Vocational Resource Room for Individuals with Autism

Employment

Springfield, IL

Autism Community Connection

My Summer Journey

Summer Camps

Greenwood, IN

Portage Township Trustee

Portage Township Autism Action Coalition Water Safety Classes

Swimming and Water Safety

Portage, IN

Arrowhead West Inc.

Outdoor Inclusion

Adult Services 

Dodge City, KS

Tankproof

Tankproof: Saving 1 Life at a Time

Swimming and Water Safety

Prairieville, LA

Gnome Inc.

Happy Camp with Gnome Surf

Summer Camps

Fall River, MA

Kennedy-Donovan Center Inc.

Expanding KDC's ASD-only Programming

Adult Services

Foxboro, MA

Plugged In Band Program

Summer Camp 2022

Summer Camps

Needham, MA

Create Calm

Fostering Safety, Mobility and Community Engagement: Yoga for Physical and Emotional Wellness

Physical Fitness and Sports

Rockville, MD

End Hunger in Calvert County

Culinary Workforce Development Program

Employment

Huntingtown, MD

Karina Association Inc.

Data Entry Learning Program

Employment

Timonium, MD

Madison House Autism Foundation

Job Readiness Program (JRP) at Madison Fields

Employment

Rockville, MD

Pathfinders for Autism

Driver Safety Program: What To Do During a Traffic Stop

Adult Services

Hunt Valley, MD

Sports Plus Group Inc.

Instructional Swim Program-From Water Safety to Learn to Swim and Swim Team Participation

Swimming and Water Safety 

Gaithersburg, MD

Sports Plus Group Inc.

Real World Integrated Social Program

Adult Services 

Gaithersburg, MD

Sports Plus Group Inc.

Progressive and Integrated Fitness and Running Program

Physical Fitness and Sports 

Gaithersburg, MD

The Indigo Child Therapeutic

The Indigo Child Therapeutic

Summer Camps

Upper Marlboro, MD

The Miracle League of Harford County Inc.

The Miracle League of Harford County Inc.

Physical Fitness and Sports

Forest Hill, MD

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Removing Barriers to Recreation - Swimming Classes for Youth with Autism

Swimming and Water Safety

Grand Rapids, MI

Autism Friendly Austin at the Hormel Historic Home

Autism Friendly Austin 3 Summer Camps at the Hormel Historic Home

Summer Camps

Austin, MN

Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis

Adventure Camp 2022

Summer Camps

St. Louis, MO

Autism Charlotte

Extended Learning & Development

Summer Camps

Charlotte, NC

Transitions Foundation-NC

A Non-Profit Educational Program for Students with Autism Attending Community College

Adult Services

Wilmington, NC

Arc of Monmouth

LIFE (Liberty Institute for Empowerment)

Employment 

Tinton Falls, NJ

Employment Network Team of NJ

Employment Readiness & Counseling Services for Autistic Adults

Employment

Princeton, NJ

Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges

Summer Day Camp Inclusion Program

Summer Camps

Livingston, NJ

Teaching Older Adults Digital Skills - DBA TOADS

Project: Train TOADS Team Members

Employment

Burlington, NJ

We Make, Autism At Work

We Make Works!

Employment

Pennington, NJ

YMCA of Westfield, NJ

Inclusion Day Camp

Summer Camps

Westfield, NJ

Adapt Ability

Adapt Ability 4Ride

Summer Camps

Brooklyn, NY

Center for All Abilities Inc.

Enhancing Project: A Vocational Training Program for Youth and Young Adults with Autism

Employment 

New York, NY

Eden II/Genesis Programs

LGBTQ in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Adult Services

East Meadow, NY

Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship

Equine Therapeutic Horsemanship Technology

Physical Fitness and Sports 

Bedford Corners, NY

Kelberman Center

Sensational Swim – Water Safety and Swimming Instruction

Swimming and Water Safety

Utica, NY

Kelly Newby, PsyD PLLC THRIVE Day Camp

THRIVE Therapeutic Day Camp

Summer Camps

Rochester, NY

Ken Crew Inc.

Rethinking an Inclusive Workforce in the Retail Industry

Employment 

New York, NY

Nicholas Center Ltd.

TNC Studios - A Social Media Outlet of the ASD Perspective

Adult Services

Port Washington, NY

SPARC Inc.

Summer Magic

Summer Camps

Yorktown Heights, NY

Spectrum Designs Foundation

Workforce Ambassador Program-Sustaining meaningful employment opportunities for Autistic Adults

Employment 

Port Washington, NY

Yes She Can Inc.

Autistic Women at Work (AWW)

Employment

White Plains, NY

Achievement Centers for Children

Therapeutic Horsemanship Program for Children 4 and Older with Autism

Physical Fitness and Sports 

Highland Hills, OH

Autism Model Community School

Full STEAM Ahead! Summer Challenge

Summer Camps

Toledo, OH

Dreams on Horseback

Speaking Horse - A Communication Horse Lover's Camp for Children with Autism

Summer Camps

Blacklick, OH

Learning 4 Life Farm

Learning 4 Life Farm 2022 Student Garden

Employment

Johnstown, OH

Victoria Theatre Association d.b.a Dayton Live

School House Rock "Sensory Friendly" Performance

Adult Services

Dayton, OH

Kind Tree Productions Inc.

KindTree - Autism Rocks Friends and Family Camp

Summer Camps

Eugene, OR

ABA Abilities LLC

ABA Abilities

Physical Fitness and Sports

Forest Hills, PA

Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit#21

Spinning Towards Fitness

Physical Fitness and Sports

Schnecksville, PA

Keystone Autism Systems DBA Keystone Human Services

Achieving Competitive Employment (ACE)

Employment

Harrisburg, PA

Wesley Family Services

Play, Pause, Breathe - Yoga with WFS Creative Arts

Physical Fitness and Sports

Pittsburgh, PA

Anderson School District Five Educational Foundation

Lifeskills Learning

Employment 

Anderson, SC

S.O.S. Health Care Inc.

Summer Camp Tuition Scholarships for Children and Youth with Autism in Coastal South Carolina

Summer Camps

Murrells Inlet, SC

ABA NEXT STEPS

ABA Next Steps

Employment

Lenoir City, TN

Emory Valley Center

Physical Fitness and Sports Program

Physical Fitness and Sports

Oak Ridge, TN

Nashville Dolphins

Nashville Dolphins Adaptive Aquatics 2022 Swim Team Program

Swimming and Water Safety

Nashville, TN

St. Columba Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center

Camp Able

Summer Camps

Memphis, TN

Be A Ninth Wonder Foundation

Super Elite Basketball Clinic for Autism and Special Needs

Summer Camps

Houston, TX

Camp Summit

Campership and Financial Assistance for Individuals with Autism to Attend Barrier-Free Camp

Summer Camps

Dallas, TX

Care Warriors Inc.

Care Warriors Unique Experience

Employment

San Antonio, TX

LeTourneau University

The Bridges College Success Program

Employment

Longview, TX

The LEAP Institute

Lighthouse Learning Center

Summer Camps

Lubbock, TX

Commonwealth Residential Living LLC

Commonwealth Residential living

Adult Services 

Sandston, VA

Complete The Puzzle

Soul Bowlers

Physical Fitness and Sports

Portsmouth, VA

Hope Floats Foundation

Serving the Swimming Spectrum: Access to Private Lessons for Low-Income Autistic Children

Swimming and Water Safety

Woodbridge, VA

Jacob's Chance

Buddy Athletics and Outdoor Adventures

Physical Fitness and Sports

Richmond, VA

Northstar Academy

Northstar Career Academy

Employment

Richmond, VA

Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center

Inclusive Horse Camp

Summer Camps

Haymarket, VA

Greater Burlington YMCA

YMCA Adaptive Swim Program

Swimming and Water Safety

Burlington, VT

Courageous Connections

Horse Essentials

Physical Fitness and Sports 

Tulalip, WA

Islands of Brilliance

Islands of Brilliance Sandbox Summer Camps: Intervention through Exploration & Creativity

Summer Camps

Milwaukee, WI

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