An important part of SMILE's mission is bringing the autism community together. Here are some resources and partners that are helping members of the autism community take big strides towards independence.
SARRC (Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center)
Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment, and community outreach. They are one of the only autism organizations in the world that provide a lifetime of services for individuals and their families while also conducting cutting edge research.
First Place AZ
First Place is a a new residential property that aspires to be an international model being developed in the heart of the city of Phoenix for adults with autism and other special abilities. Upon build of, First Place will represent home for individuals who live there, peace of mind for family and friends who come and go, and an inspiring and enriching environment for those who work and learn there.
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has committed $560 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in nearly 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness.
AFAA (Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism)
Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) is a national consortium seeking to create meaningful futures for adults with autism that include homes, jobs, recreation, friends and supportive communities. Their efforts are focused to develop and drive the agenda for life-long living and learning with autism. The consortium is currently comprised of members from Autism Speaks, Alpine Learning Group, The Autism Program Service Network, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, Easter Seals, Global Communities of Support, Hallmark Community Solutions, New York Center for Autism, Organization for Autism Research, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, and University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities.
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation is a national organization focused on adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The mission of their volunteer-run organization is to develop, advocate for and fund our Signature Programs that create innovative blueprints for grassroots organizations and service providers to develop their own programs for the diverse population of adults living with ASD. The goal of each of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Signature Programs is to create access and support for adults on the spectrum to participate in and contribute to community life. The role-model adult programs developed and funded by The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation can be found throughout the United States and include residential, vocational/employment, educational and recreational opportunities that are suitable and sustainable.
Autism Society of America
The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.