Autism Science Foundation Founder and President Alison Singer today was awarded the Community Impact Award for her role in launching the Autism Science Foundation, a not for profit organization that raises funds to support autism research. The award was presented by Matan, a not-for-profit organization that provides Jewish educational services to children with developmental disabilities, at its 10th Anniversary Gala.
In accepting the award, Singer said “There are so many things we need to do in the autism community. We desperately need more research, and that is what our organization, the Autism Science Foundation, focuses on; research. But the answers that come from the lab are years away, and meanwhile we have our beautiful children who are here now and need help to become the people they are meant to be, and that’s what Matan does so well.”
Later this month, Autism Science Foundation will announce the recipients of its fellowship awards for graduate and medical students interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical scientific research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. “The launch of the Autism Science Foundation marked the beginning of a new chapter in autism research; one with a deep and unwavering commitment to an evidence-based agenda” said Dr. Paul Offit, Autism Science Foundation board member and Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “ASF is the best of all worlds: parents and scientists coming together to support research that stands the best chance of making a difference.”
The Autism Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.
Matan supports Jewish communities, professionals, and institutions in educating children with special learning needs. Matan is committed to exposing all children to the “wonder” of Jewish life and fostering literate and engaged Jews through creative and multi-sensory approaches. By strengthening the capacity of Jewish institutions to support and sustain more educationally varied programs, Matan is expanding the Jewish community’s ability to fulfill the obligation to include all children – not just typical learners – in their Jewish educational birthright.
To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation or to make an online donation visit www.autismsciencefoundation.org
To learn more about Matan or to make an online donation visit www.matankids.org