Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that impacts
communication, behavior and social relationships. Autism along with
Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder are
referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Common is Autism?
• Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental
disability in the U.S.
• One in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
• One in 54 boys is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
• An estimated 2 million individuals in the U.S. are affected by
• The prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10-17 percent annually.
it important to advocate for funding and increase awareness about Autism?
Families rely on a broad array of services depending on
many factors. These services are often beyond the financial capability of
many. Funding from government sources, private foundations and other places
is crucial to meet the ever growing need.
Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year. Raising awareness about
autism helps people to understand the need and the challenges involved.
Families often need a broad range of services to assist
them in surviving the day to day challenges that accompany autism. Quality
services help to mitigate the behaviors associated with autism, maximize
the potential of individuals with autism and help parents to cope. Some of
the services people need are listed below:
• speech/language therapy
• specialized respite services
• specialized after school and summer programs
• residential services
• applied behavior analysis (ABA)
The Autism Services
The Autism Services
Grants Council was created by the Florida Legislature in 2009 to implement
and oversee a grants process for the distribution of funds generated from
the sales of the Florida Support Autism Programs Specialty License Plate.
The primary purpose of the Council is to fund service
programs for grants to nonprofit organizations to operate direct services
programs for individuals with autism and related disabilities in Florida
including direct services, evaluation, training, and awareness.
Consideration for participation in such services and programs must be given
to applicants who are children or adults with autism and related
disabilities and their families and shall include those who are on the Agency
for Persons with Disabilities waiting lists for services.
The amount of funds available through the grant process
will be dependent of the amount of revenue generated by sales of the
Florida Support Autism Programs Specialty License Plate.
Additional information about the Autism Services Grants
Council and its activities will be posted when available.