A nonprofit organization supporting organizations and families affected by autism.
At Spring Forward For Autism’s (SFFA) mission is to provide emotional and financial support to ease the strains on those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. We support families affected by autism through connecting members of the Autistic community, empowering and inspiring others, raising public awareness to foster advocacy, and furthering access to available resources.
SFFA provides funding to private families and local nonprofit organizations that make a positive impact on children with Autism and their families. SFFA and nonprofit benefactor organizations have been working closely on a bold and progressive vision for an inclusive, accessible and innovative “S.E.A. Discovery Center” (Sports, Education, & Arts) that would integrate and centralize an entire range of therapeutic, physical, recreational and educational programs and services which the typical modern family with Autism benefits from today.
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors.
Currently, autism can be reliably diagnosed by age 2, with earlier diagnosis with greater opportunities for intervention that supports healthy development and improves function and quality of life.
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the U.S. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).