April is National Autism Awareness Month, so what better month to share with you an easy way for you to make a difference for families with autistic loved ones? Currently 1 in 68 people will be diagnosed with autism, which means even if you don’t have someone in your family with autism, chances are you have a niece, nephew, or close family friend who is affected.
The Alex Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2014, after the founder (Cindie Bacon) went through the process of getting her autistic son approved
for an autism service dog.
As individuals, grants are not available to families who need assistance paying for items such as therapy swings, compression vests, adaptive bicycles, communication systems and more. Cindie decided to use her experience both as an autism parent and with the fundraising process to change the dynamic and give families a resource to turn to.
The Alex Foundation allows families to request these items not covered by insurance and they are provided to the family at no cost (up to $500 per year). The family can alternately request help with therapy bills or copays. The response and the need for this has been vast, and emotional as families finally have somewhere to turn.
With a board of volunteers made up of mostly autism parents who rely on their own experience to drive them, the Foundation works tirelessly to find resources to continue helping these families. It is all worth it when we get notes like this:
“I can’t thank you enough!!! I literally have tears rolling down my face! It is such a blessing to have that much of the bill taken care of! My son’s autism expenses, and recently diagnosed epilepsy, have nearly bankrupted us. We are so grateful to you for your help! Thank you, all.”
If you would like to help make a difference in the lives of these autism families by making a tax deductible donation to The Alex Foundation, donations can be made via paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mailing a check to:
The Alex Foundation
Helena, MT 59604
Applications for families are available on our website thealexfoundation.com.