We Can’t Do it Alone. Nor Do We Want To.
If you were to judge us by the company we keep, we would be quite pleased with that. Thankfully, some terrific organizations exist within the autism and business communities. We consider them IMPACT Players. We’re better because of them. We’re all better because of them.
This organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by training and placing service animals that can provide companionship while also helping to promote independent living.
This organization’s charter calls on its members to support and advocate on behalf of the 2000 parents, educators and professionals in the Greater Cincinnati autism community. It offers programs to promote public education and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder, to foster collaboration among various organizations, to promote research and to advance the well-being of people affected by autism.
The Autism Teaching Training Program is a world-class service run by Dr. Christina Carnahan, a member of IMPACT Autism’s board. The program provides intensive professional development for people who teach children with autism. The program is a week-long course that empowers teachers to address the various and complex learning needs of autistic children. The course has been growing in popularity every year.
This multi-focused treatment center was established in 2003 to help children with autism enjoy a rich and purposeful life. Matt Brennan, an area businessman and father, founded the organization because of his frustration at the lack of services in the area. The center is not just family-founded, but family-focused, too. In now serves more than 100 families in Greater Cincinnati.
Founded in 1985, this not-for-profit organization serves children and adults with disabilities. Its comprehensive recreational and therapeutic horseback riding program is very popular among—and rewarding for—those it serves.
This organization, formed in 2005, supports more than 500 families in Greater Cincinnati with online and center-based resources. Founders Julia Ann and Greg Smith established the group with a vision of one day opening a place where families could find resources on how to better live with autism. In 2008, Families with Autism Spectrum Disorder opened its first¾and free¾Independent Autism Family Resource Center.
Based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Kelly O’Leary Center is a collaborative parent and professional program that provides diagnostic, treatment and support services.
Also based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Project Search serves people with disabilities by providing innovative workforce and career development. Project Search educates employers about this under-utilized workforce and its skills, while also meeting their human resource needs.
Safe Haven Farms, Inc., is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization offering residential, day and community services for individuals on the autism spectrum. It provides a variety of meaningful living, working, learning and leisure activities in a safe and accepting farm environment, where every individual is respected as a valued and contributing community member.
The Regional Autism Advisory Council is an organization that embraces a range of groups, professionals, and parents who care for and about individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Southwest Ohio. At the organization’s Summer Institute, keynote speakers present on many different topics related to living with autism. The schools, agencies and families that attend receive information and the requisite support through open and frank discussion.
Stepping Stones began over 50 years ago as the first and only summer camp for children and adults with disabilities. Today, it still provides people with disabilities a place to learn and have fun. Stepping Stones has grown to two locations, providing year-round services to approximately 1,000 children and adults with disabilities. Stepping Stones also offers “The Step Up” program that provides children with autism an education alternative when they find it difficult to succeed in the “traditional” classroom environment.
NECCO is a flexible team of professionals poised to do whatever it takes to provide multiple, community-based services to those who need care. NECCO, believes in the importance of integrating children and adults into their communities and giving them tools, particularly independent living skills, to help them become self-sufficient and productive adults.