Autism Society - Florida

Programs, Information, and Events...

State Wide

ASF exists because persons with autism spectrum disorder have unique capacities and gifts and we are fortunate to have them in our lives. We believe persons with autism spectrum disorders contribute in unique ways to their families and communities. ASF believes that the best advocacy occurs with education and respect and the presumption of competence of all persons. 

Mission 
Improving the lives of all affected by autism.
The mission of the Autism Society of Florida (ASF) is to assure full participation and self-determination in every aspect of life for each individual. We will realize this vision by opening avenues of self-advocacy and advocating on behalf of others in a way that values equity, respect, dignity and diversity in all communities.

Philosophy
The Autism Society of Florida is committed to honesty, fairness and respect for others, in that philosophy we make specific promises to our most important audiences. We make these promises not in a contractual sense, but because a promise expresses a level of commitment that is both demanding and personal.

http://www.autismfl.com

Home Safe

Barrier-Free Construction Needs For Disabilities 

State Wide

Tampa FL 

Online

Home Safe founders, Glenn Gullo and Ward Farley, are passionate about ensuring that people are able to stay in their own homes regardless of physical limitations or disabilities.  Home Safe was established in 2000 because of their genuine concern for persons with debilitating injuries and disabilities.  Glenn and Ward realize that a safe and accessible environment is essential for the injured person as well as their caregivers. They have brought together a unique organization blending the skills of a construction company with the compassion of a healthcare provider.

“Constructing a barrier-free environment is a specialized skill gained through years of experience,” Glenn reminds us.  Ward stresses “Home Safe is not like the typical construction company. We place a high priority on quality, value, rapid response and customer satisfaction.”
 
In 2014, Ferenc Moricz, Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), joined Home Safe.  Ferenc’s focus on mobility and rehab equipment, vehicle modifications and adaptive equipment enabled Home Safe to bundle their home accessibility services into a unique solution which ensures proper management oversight, cost savings and peace of mind.
 
Home Safe has a proven track record that our services present a better solution and result in the correct equipment/home modifications at the right price.

Autism Toys & More

Educational Items, Sensory Toys, and More...

Online 

Boca Raton FL

Autism Toys and More in Boca Raton, FL was created to provide parents with the same educational and developmental toys that a therapist uses. Autism Toys and More is a subsidiary of Moving Forward Therapies, an organization with agencies throughout the southeast that provides therapy to special needs children.

Educational Therapy Includes:

  • ABA

  • Developmental Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Physical Therapy

  • Speech and Language Therapy

The toys found on our website are the preferred and most widely used by therapists in these disciplines. The Autism Toys and More website will help you strategically use our toys to further your child's development in specific areas. We also offer a personalized "How-To" for any toy you select, teaching you and your child specific strategies on how to use your selected toy for an additional fee.

Autism Toys and More is your one-stop shop for special educational tools. We offer toys, books, puzzles, games and resources for parents and professionals working with an autistic child.

If you are not sure what toy your child could benefit from the most, take our Toy Survey. We will gladly help you find the right toy(s) for your child's special educational needs.

 

Early Childhood Development Services Include:

  • Educational

  • One-On-One

  • Parent Training

  • Behavior Modifications

http://www.autismtoysandmore.com 

Interactive Technology Assisting Autistic 

Little  Kids (iTaalk)

Interactive Technology For Autism

Online 

Tampa FL

Mission 

iTaalk Autism Foundation is a 501c3 Non-Profit, with a mission to provide assistive technology devices to individuals with autism, and educate the world on the latest technologies that benefit individuals with special needs.

In January of 2010 the idea of iTaalk was born. The son of iTaalk President Brooke Olson, received his first iPod® touch in August of 2009. Within the first four months his language blossomed and the results of his success were amazing his family, friends and therapists. If this success could be replicated for other children with ASD’s, then it was imperative that all children be given the opportunity and access to these interactive devices, and thus the original vision for iTaalk was formed.

After exploring the need in the community, it became apparent that the need was not only for the devices, but for the educational piece on how to use them as well. We now pride ourselves on our Training Series for families, “iTaalk 101-104,” as well as our Professional series “iTaalk 201-204.” We also provide an affordable Top 30 list of Apps that have been successful with children on the Autism spectrum. The incredible success stories and ideas on innovative ways to use the iPods®/iPads® with our children is what keeps us going. It is our dream to provide this training along with the interactive devices so that all children with an ASD can access this wonderful technology!  

 

​What we've done...

Since January 1, 2011, The iTaalk Autism Foundation has educated over 3000 families, service providers and caretakers on the beneficial uses of interactive technology with children with Autism and varying other special needs.  Education is of upmost importance, and will ALWAYS be iTaalk's most important venture. With that said, the cost of technology can be overwhelming for families already struggling to afford necessary therapies.  So, iTaalk has made it a priority to offer giving cycles where families in need can apply for iOS technology.  Since April of 2011, we have given over 350 devices to children with an Autism Diagnosis.  We are always accepting donations of used iOS devices as well as financial donations.  In April of 2011, we were granted our 501c3 designation by the IRS, we hope this will encourage donations and increase our ability to receive additional grants and funding.  For more information, please contact us for information on grants, funding and donations. info@itaalk.org

 

Where we are going...

With a generous grant from the Marathon Classic LPGA event and The Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism, iTaalk will be moving forward with a new venture. In 2016, iTaalk partnered with Bowling Green State University to open "The iTaalk Assistive Technology Lending Library." This will be the first AT library of it's type, partnering Assistive Technology graduate students with teachers/therapists/clinics/respite providers in teaching all the essentials of introducing a device. These teachers/therapists will be able to "Check-out" from a list of dozens of devices and be trained on maintenance and applications for each device. This will allow clinicians to "test" devices with their clients before recommending costly technology that may not be the right fit. School districts will have data to support the necessity before adding to IEPs, and many more benefits. This is just one more way to provide technology access to hundreds of more children and young adults with autism and related disorders.