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Did you know that...

  • More children have Autism than Diabetes, Cancer and Aids COMBINED
  • Every 20 minutes, a child is diagnosed with autism, a life long neurological disorder that impairs a child's communication, behavior, learning and social skills.
  • Autism 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.
  • Statistics 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.
  • The 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 of care.
The Parker
Autism Foundation

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We ALL are different AND special

  • The 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
  • Our 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
  • We believe that education of parents, family members and the community is critical
  • We believe that every child with autism deserves the chance to succeed!

Background 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.

  • We provide many services including scholarship grants for therapy,camps and parent/therapist workshops.
  • We also provide consultation and referral services, a lending library and so much more.
  • Please check out our Services page for more information.

The 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

Parker Autism Foundation -- What We Do

  • Host an Annual Summer Camp for children with an autism spectrum disorder and grant scholarships when applicable
  • Grant scholarships to children with an autism spectrum disorder for therapy services
  • Grant scholarships for parent and therapist training
  • Offer support for parents and families of children with autism
  • Provide a lending library for families to share materials

**Scholarships available, please email us to find out more

Check out The Parker Autism Foundation NewsLetters for more info.

Primary Service Regions

North Carolina
Mecklenburg County
Charlotte, NC
and surrounding area


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