The Autism Coalition works with national, state and local organizations that promote autism research, education and supportive services. The Coalition raises public awareness about autism and works to strengthen and accelerate biomedical and applied research to find the causes of autism to lead to a cure. We raise and dispense funds for private research and advocate for greater public investments in autism research and education.
Who We Are
The Autism Coalition works with the major autism organizations across the country to help the autism community “speak with one voice” on behalf of autistic children, adults and their families. We’ve raised millions of dollars for autism research and education projects. Among the organizations we work with are: Cure Autism Now, the Dan Marino Foundation, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation, the National Alliance for Autism Research, the Organization for Autism Research, and Unlocking Autism.
What We Do
The Autism Coalition believes that the children, adults and families who struggle with this misunderstood disorder deserve a concerted and effective effort that will speed the research process and make the possibility of a cure in their lifetime a reality.
The Coalition works to:
- Strengthen communication and share information about programs and projects
- Raise public awareness about autism
- Promote public policies that increase investments in autism research and education
The time is now. We invite the participation and support of organizations and individuals who seek to strengthen this alliance and promote autism research and education.
For more information, you can contact the Autism Coalition through our website or email or by calling (914) 935-1462.
History of the Autism Coalition
The Autism Coalition was formed to give a national voice to this devastating disorder and bring together the major autism research and education organizations, as well as many of the regional autism groups.
The Coalition’s main goal is to raise funds and disperse grants to existing autism organizations with established biomedical and applied research projects and services to the autism community. Our fundraising ventures are a means to raise national awareness about autism and the needs of the autism community.
Although there were a number of competing and overlapping parent organizations advocating for autism, there was no single body that sought to address the common concerns for the autistic community.
Kevin Murray, along with three other governing board members who are all parents of children with autism, founded the Coalition in 1999. The Autism Coalition has played a critical role in bringing autism organizational leaders together to identify common ground, raise funds and public awareness.
The Autism Coalition has raised over five million dollars to fund applied and biomedical research on autism and to support educational treatment services.
Collective Needs of the Autism Community
- Biomedical and applied research
- Education and treatment
- Advocacy and awareness
- Support services
Among the Organizations We Work With:
- Cure Autism Now (CAN)
- Dan Marino Foundation
- Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation, Inc.
- National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)
- Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
- Unlocking Autism
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
Among the organizations we support and work with with:
National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)
NAAR funds, promotes and accelerates biomedical research and science-based approaches that seek to determine the causes, prevention, effective treatments for and, ultimately, a cure for autism spectrum disorders.
One of the largest private funders of autism research, CAN is an organization of parents, physicians, and researchers that is dedicated to promoting and funding biomedical research with direct clinical implications for treatment and a cure for autism.
The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism was established by NFL Quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son who was diagnosed with autism at age three. The Foundation’s goals are to support financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism as well as to fund education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism.
Unlocking Autism strives to increase public awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders. UA assists parents of newly dianosed children through its national parent-to-parent network and national hotline center. UA works to educate parents and families on treatment options, advocacy and how to affect change nationally as well as in their own communities.
Founded by legendary Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and his wife, Claire, The Dan Marino Foundation supports programs that provide integrated intervention services for children with autism and other special needs.
Led by parents, grandparents, and relatives of children and adults with autism, OAR plans to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily.
Merrimack, MA 01860
Foundation for Educating Children with Autism (FECA)
P.O. Box 813
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Holistic Learning Center
575 White Plains Road
Eastchester, NY 10709
More With Autism Coalition
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.