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Autism Society of Alabama Inc

  • Birmingham, AL
  • www.autism-alabama.org

Mission Statement

To improve services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families through education and advocacy.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Satellite Lending Libraries Bolstering Community Support for Families Affected by ASD
  3. Bullying Prevention
  4. First Responder Trainings
  5. Safety Net Campaign
  6. Alabama Autism Identification Card
  7. Statewide Conference
  8. Respite Program
  9. Annual Legislative Day
  10. Sensory Movies
  11. Zoolight Safari
  12. Tennis Clinics
  13. Camp FROG
  14. Sensory Baseball Outing
  15. Autism Friendly Alabama (AFA)
Service Areas

Self-reported

Alabama

State of Alabama

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Melanie Jones

Keywords

Self-reported

autism, developmental,disability, children, adults, brain, camp, research, support, education, recreation, health, asperger syndrome, outreach

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Also Known As

ASA

EIN

74-3099595

Physical Address

4217 Dolly Ridge Road

Birmingham, 35243

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Autism (G84)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Information and Referral - Our toll free information and referral line is available to all families in the state of Alabama. Call volume is variable, but increases as children enter and leave school based services. Website - available to anyone with access to the internet and enables families to correspond with one another via our message board feature. Newsletter - distributed quarterly to affected and interested members of the state and is available online. Lending Library - includes over 200 books and video that are mailed to interested parties throughout the state. This is especially helpful to families who have limited access to service providers in rural parts of our state. Sibling Support Groups - are held for brothers and sisters of those who are affected by autism and other developmental disorders. Parent Support Groups - are held regionally and most groups meet monthly. Thirteen groups exist throughout the state. Statewide and Regional Conferences - are held annually in conjuction with the state's universities. The state conference typically has approximately 500 educators and parents in attendance each year. Recreational Camp - 20 families will have the opportunity to attend this annual camp at minimal costs. Families from throughout the state may participate.

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Program 2

Satellite Lending Libraries Bolstering Community Support for Families Affected by ASD

This program was implemented to increase availability of printed resources and related media regarding ASD throughout Alabama. Reading material and other resources will be placed in 67 libraries statewide.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$16,000.00

Program 3

Bullying Prevention

Materials consist of videos and tutorials for distribution to school systems.  Each Networking Group leader received a packet to assist their locals schools with training.

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Youth Development

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Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 4

First Responder Trainings

In collaboration with the international program, Autism Risk and Safety Management, ASA conducts first responder trainings to train law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency medical professionals to better interact with those on the autism spectrum. Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are seven times more likely to come in contact with a first responder than others in the population.

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Program 5

Safety Net Campaign

ASA continues to lead a Safety Net Campaign in Alabama to educate families about the availability of Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver is a program that can locate children or adults on the autism spectrum who wander, roam or bolt from safety. Project Lifesaver is in 61 of Alabama’s 67 counties. Project Lifesaver was available in 27 Alabama counties at the beginning of the Safety Net Campaign. ASA’s efforts have increased the availability of Project Lifesaver and saved lives.

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Program 6

Alabama Autism Identification Card

ASA collaborated with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the legislature to create an Alabama Autism Identification Card. The Alabama Autism Identification Card is the first ID Card for those with ASD in the U.S. The card can be used by anyone with ASD, it was created particularly for independent teens and adults with ASD who may come in contact with First Responders.

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Program 7

Statewide Conference

ASA organizes annual conferences in Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Mobile, Birmingham and Cullman. Conferences in other towns including Montgomery, Dothan, Auburn, Clanton and Athens have also occurred. Conferences allow teachers, parents, providers and consumers to learn from ASD researchers and leaders. The University of Alabama Autism Conference is one of the largest and oldest Autism Conferences in the U.S.

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Program 8

Respite Program

ASA sponsored a pilot respite program to provide funds for caretakers to hire help and get a break from caretaking. Twenty families were provided with 20 hours of respite in summer 2015.

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Program 9

Annual Legislative Day

ASA hosts families from throughout Alabama at the Alabama State House each March for Autism Legislative Day. Families meet with lawmakers and share their concerns. Families learn about the legislative process and participate in a noon rally on the State House Front Steps.

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Program 10

Sensory Movies

ASA organizes Sensory Movies throughout the state. A Sensory Movie is a movie with the light level increased slightly and the sound level decreased. Families living with ASD can enjoy a family outing to the movies with these accommodations.

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Program 11

Zoolight Safari

ASA hosts families living with ASD at the zoo in December during Zoolight Safari.

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Tennis Clinics

Tennis Clinics are held for those with ASD at YMCAs in Alabama.

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Program 13

Camp FROG

ASA hosts thirty plus families at the bi-annual Family Camp ASCCA, Camp Frog. Children on the
autism spectrum enjoy traditional camp activities in a supportive environment with their families

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Program 14

Sensory Baseball Outing

In collaboration with other Autism groups in Birmingham, ASA hosts families at a Barons game in May. Families attend the game free of charge. Seven Hundred people affected by ASD or living with a loved one with ASD attended the 2015 game.

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Program 15

Autism Friendly Alabama (AFA)

A project to create Autism Friendly Community Environments throughout Alabama. AFA is a program to improve community environments to foster inclusion for person living on the autism spectrum. Families living with autism often avoid community outings due to anxiety related to their loved one's social behavior. This project seeks to raise awareness about the obstacle and create ASD inviting community settings. AL businesses and civic locations will be trained and educated to create 1) ASD friendly inviting environments, 2) tolerable sensory setting 3) ASD accommodations and 4)ASD assistance. Many community facilities are disability friendly for those with easily identifiable physical challenges buy may not be disability friendly to those with spectrum disorders because they often involve less obvious social and sensory challenges. Locations participating the the AFA campaign will be designated with an Autism Friendly decal sticker.

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Service Areas

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Alabama

State of Alabama

Social Media

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Funding Needs

The Autism Society of Alabama accepts donations to assist with our mission to improve services for individuals with ASD through education and advocacy.  Assistance to provide scholarships to conferences for parents and teachers.  Family enrichment activities allow our constituents to engage in their local community activities.  ASA provides financial support for these opportunities.  Funding for these activities would be advantageous.

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AUTISM SOCIETY OF ALABAMA INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Autism Society of Alabama Inc

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Principal Officer

Melanie Jones

BIO

Ms. Jones is a graduate of the University of Alabama holding a BA in Communications and a BS in Education. She serves as Special Projects Chair to the AIACC (Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council);  is a member of the Respite Coalition, NATTAP, AFP and is on the Education and Outreach Committe for CDC. Ms. Jones has worked for over 12 years with the Society.

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BOARD CHAIR

Nancy Barnes

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