Changing lives of children with ASD for 13 years!
January 14, 2018
BENEFITING: A FUTURE FOR ALL
The Next Step Academy is a day treatment program that is specially designed to meet the educational needs of individuals with developmental delays, specifically individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. .
There is no doubt that raising children, providing for them and meeting their needs, costs money. There is also no doubt that raising a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) costs exponentially more. For parents raising a special needs child, the costs go far above the normal costs of living, of education and of childcare; add intensive therapeutic services, along with lost time from work, and most families cannot absorb the high costs of meeting the needs of their child with ASD.
A new study estimates that the lifetime cost for an individual with Autism is $1.4 million. Based on these numbers, it is estimated that the yearly cost to the United States is $236 billion per year. With prevalence rates on the rise, currently 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys, 1 in 189 girls) diagnosed with ASD, and more than 3.5 million individuals with ASD in the United States, Autism has officially reached epidemic proportions.
This is a problem that is not going away, and the best opportunity for individuals with ASD to make progress, to learn and to grow, is intensive therapeutic education. With support from donors like you, the The Next Step Academy is able to provide this much needed service to many families who cannot pay the full cost of the services. We need $150,000 in order to provide scholarships that theses families desperately need.
Will you be a part of making our mission possible, and granting children with autism access to the treatment that they desperately need, by donating to our cause?
The Next Step Academy is a licensed program of A Future For All, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.