Today, we serve over 500 families and touch more than 13,000 families on social media.
The Autism Society of Greater Orlando (ASGO) was founded in 1996 by a group of volunteer parents to better assist families of children and adults with autism in the Greater Orlando area. Today, we serve over 500 families and touch more than 13,000 families on social media. We are a great source of information and support to all members of the community.
ASGO is the oldest and largest autism organization in Central Florida. The majority of the ASGO Board of Directors are parents who live autism 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We use that experience to grow programs and support that helps our families. In addition, we take our role as fiduciaries very seriously, and are proud to say that 100 percent of funds stay in the community, supporting those who live with autism.
The mission of the ASGO is to ensure all individuals within the autism spectrum will be provided a lifetime network of opportunities. This allows them to be fully accepted and included as active, participating members of our community through family support, education, advocacy and public awareness. ASGO hosts about 200-plus events and activities a year geared toward supporting the individual with autism, their family and the entire community. Some of our programs include social skills groups for those ages 2-32 with autism, our Autism Arts Program (designed to support young adults who are transitioning out of school), and our autism awareness training for law enforcement officers and first responders.
What Would You Do with $5,000 and a Day of Service?
We would use a day of service to support our Autism Walk & Family Fun Day, which brings families together in a safe environment to have fun and raise awareness in Central Florida. The $5,000 would allow us to provide more training for police, supporting a safer environment.