Autism Speaks Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Program Grant Recipients

Service providers across the country to receive grants to provide programming and support to people with autism

December 10, 2018

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our inaugural Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Program for 2018. Service providers across the country were invited to apply for a grant to serve people with autism across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan in the following categories of service delivery:

  • Adult Services – recreation/respite specifically for adults focusing on life, health and community
  • Employment – finding and maintaining meaningful employment with skills to succeed in the workplace
  • Physical Fitness and Sports – athletics and team sports, health and wellness programs
  • Summer Camps– day/overnight programs offering therapeutic activities, sports, arts and technology
  • Swimming and Water Safety – swimming and water safety specifically for individuals with autism
counselor and camper


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Funded organizations

Leaping Beyond Sports Camp Inc. 


North Little Rock 



EmpoweRanch Phoenix AZ
SwimSCAAPE Los Angeles CA
AbilityFirst Pasadena CA
Community Autism Now dba Special Fishies: Aquatic Freedom and Education San Clemente CA
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center La Jolla CA
Puppy Prodigies Escondido CA
Unscripted Learning San Diego CA
Copley-Price Family YMCA San Diego CA
KEEN Los Angeles Los Angeles CA
Banding Together San Diego CA
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles CA
Communication Education Learning Foundation CELF Encino CA
The Center for Learning and Autism Support Services Irvine CA
ICAN California Abilities Network Hermosa Beach CA
Autism Society San Diego San Diego CA
SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes San Diego CA
Queen of Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc Jurupa Valley CA
Autism Movement Therapy, Inc  Van Nuys CA
Gifted Hands Employent Services Redondo Beach CA
Elsa inc. Calabasas CA
Kernes Adaptive Aquatics Monterey CA
Jazz Hands For Autism  Los Angeles CA
Friendship Circle Newport Beach CA
California Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc. Long Beach CA
Rocklin Swim Team Rocklin CA
TERI, Inc. Oceanside CA
Spirit Youth, Inc Mission Viejo CA
Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Santa Ana CA
D'Vine Path Fallbrook CA
Partnerships With Industry  San Diego CA
Montrose Memorial Hospital Montrose CO
Autism Climbs Broomfield CO
The Lighthouse Voc-Ed Center Old Mystic CT
Circle of Friends of Connecticut Norwalk CT
United Services Center for Autism Dayville CT
Massaro Community Farm Woodbridge CT
Deliver the Dream, Inc. Ft. Lauderdale FL
Ozzies Angels Foundation Inc Miami  FL
VSA Florida, Inc. Tampa FL
The Friendship Initiative, Inc.  Coconut Creek FL
South Florida Autism Charter Schools, Inc. Hialeah FL
Little Swimmers Miami FL
Swimming Safari Swim School Jacksonville FL
National Autism Registry Palm Beach Gardens FL
Love Serving Autism North Palm Beach FL
Great Heights Academy Miami FL
Museum of Discovery and Science Inc Fort Lauderdale FL
David Posnack Jewish Community Center Davie FL
Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches, Inc. West Palm Beach FL
Easter Seals South Florida Miami FL
Promise, Inc.  West Melbourne FL
Jacobs' Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. Hahira GA
YMCA of Metro Atlanta Atlanta GA
H.E.L.P. (Helping Every Loving Parent), Inc. McDonough GA
Have Dreams Park Ridge IL
Waukegan Park District Waukegan IL
Julie and Michael Tracy Family Foundation Chicago IL
The Joffrey Ballet Chicago IL
Keshet Northbook IL
Therapeutic Behavior Services of Indiana Carmel IN
Damar Services, Inc. Indianapolis IN
Heartspring, Inc. Wichita KS
The Mission Project Mission KS
Southwest Kansas Equine Therapeutic Program, Inc. Dodge City KS
FEAT of Louisville Louisville KY
Building a Better 2morrow Marrero LA
YMCA of Greater New Orleans New Orleans LA
Wildstar Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy, Inc. Sherborn MA
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital  Charlestown MA
Crossroads School, Inc. Natick MA
Nashoba Learning Group Bedford MA
Community Rowing, Inc. Brighton MA
Taking the Lead, Inc. Freeland MD
Pine Tree Society for Handicapped Children and Adults, Inc.  Bath ME
Lake Effect Kitchen Grand Haven MI
The Curators of the University of Missouri Columbia MO
YMCA of Greensboro Greensboro NC
Lakey Gap Autism Programs Black Mountain NC
Missouri Valley YMCA Bismarck ND
Lincoln Children's Museum Lincoln NE
The JT Fortin Foundation for Autism Windham NH
The Birchtree Center Newington NH
Farmsteads of New England Hillsborough NH
Platinum Fitness Verona NJ
Brigantine Aquatic Center Brigantine NJ
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation Paterson NJ
Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Islandia NY
HOPEFitness Sports Foundation Inc. East Meadow NY
Center for All Abilities New York NY
The Mosaic School Wantagh NY
Mid-Island Y JCC Plainview NY
The Crenulated Company Ltd/New Settlement Apartments Bronx NY
Project HAPPY New York NY
ShoreFrontY Brooklyn NY
Integrate Advisors New York NY
Educational Alliance, Inc. New York NY
University Settlement New York NY
Yes She Can White Plains NY
The Autism Model School Toledo OH
Dreams on Horseback Blacklick OH
Youngstown Jewish Community Center Youngstown  OH
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center Bend OR
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network Allentown PA
Upper Bucks YMCA Quakertown PA
Open Up Pgh Pittsburgh PA
PA Elks Major Projects, Inc. Somerset PA
St. Columba Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center Memphis TN
Nashville Dolphins Nashville TN
City of Memphis Memphis TN
Our Place Art Organization Incorporated Knoxville TN
Wilderwood Service Dogs Maryville TN
Equine Rehabilitation Central Texas Leander TX
First Leap Austin TX
Social Motion Skills Houston TX
Greater Burlington YMCA Burlington VT VT
Innovative Services NW Vancouver WA

We fund organizations that provide additional opportunities for people with autism across the spectrum and throughout the life span, so please make sure to stay updated on our next cycle via our website and follow us on Facebook!

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