Parent-Founded Autism Organizations & Non-Autistic Led Autism Organizations | #NotAnAutisticAlly


AutismOne

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Ed Arranga and Terri Arranga in 2002.

Also affiliated: RFK Jr., Kerri Rivera, Andrew Wakefield, Del Big Tree, Polly Tommey, Jim Humble, Jenny McCarthy


Autism Science Foundation

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Alison Singer and Karen Margulis London in 2009.

Also affiliated: Alycia Halladay, Paul Offit


Autism Speaks

Founded by grandparents of an Autistic, Bob Wright & Suzanne Wright in 2005.

Also affiliated: Katie Wright, Bernie Marcus, Billy Mann, Toni Braxton, William Shatner, Holly Robinson Peete, Laura Slatkin, Harry Slatkin, Alison Singer, Tommy Hilfiger, Jenny McCarthy


Autism Society of America

Founded by parent of an Autistic, Bernard Rimland and creator of conversion therapy, Ivar Lovaas, and Ruth C Sullivan in 1965.

Also affiliated: Lee Grossman


Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC)

Founded by parents of Autistics in 1965.


Cure Autism Now

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Jon Shestack and Portia Iversen

Merged with Autism Speaks in 2007.


Dan Marino Foundation

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Dan Marino and Claire Marino in 1992.


Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Doug and Laurie Flutie in 1998.


First Signs

Founded by parent of an Autistic, Nancy Rich Wiseman in 2000.


Generation Rescue

Founded by parents of an Autistic, JB Handley and Lisa Handley, Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey in 2005.

Also affiliated: Katie Wright, Kerri Rivera, Andrew Wakefield


Hollyrod Foundation

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete in 1997.


Kennedy Krieger Institute

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Drs. Paul Law and Kiely Law in 1937.

Also affiliated: Dr. Gary Goldstein,


Marcus Autism Center

Founded by Bernie Marcus who was inspired by a parent of an Autistic child in 1991.

Also: An NIH Autism Centers of Excellence


National Autism Association

Founded by parents of Autistics in 2003.

Founding board members: Wendy Fournier, James A. Moody


National Alliance For Autism Research

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Dr. Eric London and Karen Margulis London in 1994.

Merged with Autism Speaks in 2006.


National Council For Severe Autism (NCSA)

Founded by parent of an Autistic, Alison Singer in 2019.

Also affiliated: Jill Escher, Amy Lutz


NEXT For Autism

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Harry Slatkin and Laura Slatkin in 2003.

Also affiliated: Jon Stewart and Tracey Stewart, Michelle Smigel , Karen Siff Exkorn, Tommy Hilfiger, Ilene Lanier, Deedra Blair,


Organization for Autism Research (OAR)

Founded by parents and grandparents of an Autistic in 2001.


S.A.F.E. Inc.

Founded by parents of an Autistic, George R. Shadie and Clare T. Shadie in 1995.


SafeMinds

Founded by parent of an Autistic, Sallie Bernard in 2000.

Also affiliated: Katie Wright, Lyn Redwood


Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Jim Simons and Marilyn Simons in 2003.


The Simons Foundation

Founded Parents of an Autistic, Jim Simons and Marilyn Simons in 1994.


Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC)

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Denise Resnik, Cindy Schneider, and Raun Melmed in 1997.


Spark for Autism

SPARK is a project sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) in 2016.

Also affiliated: Alison Singer


TalkingAutism

Founded by parents of an Autistic, Ron Overleitner and Sharon Oberleitner in 2005.


Talking About Curing Autism (TACA)

Parents of an Autistic, Glenn Ackerman and Lisa Ackerman in 2000.

Also affiliated: Jenny McCarthy


UC Mind Institute

Founded by parents of Autistics, including Chuck Gardner and Sarah Gardner in 1998.


Unlocking Autism

Founded by parent of an Autistic, Shelley Hendrix Reynolds in 1999.


This list is not complete. To be updated.


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