Did you know that...
More children have Autism than Diabetes, Cancer and Aids COMBINED
20 minutes, a child is diagnosed with autism, a
life long neurological disorder that impairs a child's
communication, behavior, learning and social skills.
is the fastest-growing developmental disorder. Today
autism occurs in 1 out of 92 children. Four out of five are boys. A diagnosis of
autism affects the entire family.
suggest that autism is growing at a rate of 10% to 17%
per year. At this rate, there will be over 4 million
Americans affected in the next decade.
economic costs for a family is overwhelming. Families
can spend up to $100,000 per year for a child with autism.
Most insurance companies don’t cover the cost of
early intervention or specialized programs. Children
with autism often require 30 to 40 hours of intensive
one on one therapy, few families can afford this level
Parker Autism Foundation is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization
dedicated to serving NORTH CAROLINA (USA) children with autism spectrum disorders
and their families
goal is to raise funds to provide scholarships for services
for those children who so desperately need the assistance
but whose families cannot afford the often overwhelming
cost associated with the therapies
believe that education of parents, family members and
the community is critical
believe that every child with autism deserves the chance
Information of PAF:
We opened our doors on March 1st, 2003 after both children
of the PAF's Executive Director, were diagnosed
with autism spectrum disorders. Her youngest son, Parker,
was diagnosed as having full-blown autism. After seeing
symptoms in her older son, Dakota, she took him to a specialist
who diagnosed him as having high-functioning autism. The
impact of these diagnoses were devastating to her and she established the Foundation in honor of her
sons' many difficult hurdles and successes.
provide many services including scholarship grants
for therapy,camps and parent/therapist workshops.
also provide consultation and referral services, a
lending library and so much more.
check out our Services page
for more information.
Parker Autism Foundation Board Leadership*
- Shelley Reilley — CEO/President
- Ann Taylor — Vice President
- Nancy Hyman — Treasurer
- Kim Starke — Secretary/Camp Director
- Jennifer Hayes — Co-Camp Director
Autism Foundation -- What We Do
- Host an Annual Summer Camp for children with an autism spectrum disorder and grant
scholarships when applicable
scholarships to children with an autism spectrum disorder
for therapy services
scholarships for parent and therapist training
support for parents and families of children with autism
a lending library for families to share materials
available, please email
us to find out more
out The Parker Autism Foundation
and surrounding area