About Eden Autism Services Foundation
The mission of the Eden Autism Services Foundation is to support Eden’s outstanding education, employment, residential and outreach services. Whether teaching a toddler fundamentals such as making eye contact; consulting to public schools; working with families to learn techniques employed in their child’s classroom or group home; or educating professionals like first responders about autism and its impact on their community members, Eden is an invaluable resource for families, educators, and others who care about individuals with autism.
The cost of educating and caring for children and adults with autism far exceeds the ability for any one entity to pay for it. As a not-for-profit organization, Eden must engage its families, corporate and foundation friends, and other caring individuals to help close the gap between public funding and the true cost of providing services.
The Foundation also plans and carries out advancement activities for Eden Autism Services. These activities build awareness of Eden’s outstanding programs and develop understanding and support among Eden’s multiple programs and constituencies.
Recognition and community give-back activities include the annual Friends of Eden Awards, which honor an individual and an organization that have demonstrated leadership support of Eden or the broader autism community, and the Alexis Kate Special Education Teachers Scholarship, which is available to college sophomores and juniors who have declared a special education major. The purpose of these and other community relations efforts is two-fold: 1) to recognize and give back to the people who support Eden and 2) to promote public awareness of both the needs and abilities of people with autism and Eden’s mission.
Research on causes and cures for autism is vital and will make for a better future, but services for those who live with the disability are essential today. Won’t you please help us to help Eden continue its work with children and adults who need their help each and every day?