As individuals struggle with the confusion and disorder that marks a world within the spectrum, nothing replaces the loving guidance of one’s own parents, and for the luckier ones – the steady presence of grandparents. As a grandmother of a child with autism, our family was no stranger to the pain and disillusionment that individuals go through upon discovering that a loved one with ASD will struggle with lifelong challenges including communication, and social skills among others. Determined to help my own family, and others like ours, Autism Hearts’ journey began in the Philippines and led us to the United States, where we continued to search for information, programs, therapies, and advocacy.
While AHF’s mission and vision of improving the quality of life for every person with autism and their families, was initially motivated by our family’s own challenges, my grandson’s amazing developmental progress has given me hope and inspired our family to bring encouragement to others, in continuing to address the growing needs of our communities – and beyond!
Today, and in collaboration with partners, affiliate organizations, cross-sector agencies, and individual advocates from multiple disciplines, Autism Hearts Foundation is dedicated to maximizing the potential of individuals with autism spectrum disorders to learn, develop, function independently, and participate in the full range of social and cultural activities for an improved quality of life.
Autism Hearts Foundation is committed to developing a cultural of alignment – both internally and within the communities we serve. Our collaborations and partnerships are grounded in a commitment to expanding awareness and education, primary prevention research, treatments, and inclusive recreational opportunities.
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