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Approximately one in every 59 children in the United States has autism, making it more prevalent than childhood cancers, juvenile diabetes and Down Syndrome COMBINED. In San Diego, there are over 20,000 individuals and their families affected by autism, and this number is expected to grow by 1.3% each year.

The good news is that children with autism can learn and improve, sometimes significantly, with the proper interventions and opportunities.

We can help. NFAR's mission is to help in the development, expansion and support of autism programs and services that improve the outcomes and opportunities for children and young adults with autism.

To date, NFAR has invested over 1.6 million dollars in autism programs and services throughout San Diego County. Supported primarily through the funds raised at our annual Race for Autism in Balboa Park, NFAR has funded more than 700 initiatives in the areas of:

  • early identification
  • educational materials, equipment and technology
  • educational workshops and parent informational sessions
  • treatment programs
  • out-of-school programs
  • vocational and technical training for young adults

These programs are helping those with autism by creating new learning and social opportunities, funding studies to improve treatment, supporting outreach to under-served populations and providing for the immediate needs at the classroom level. 

Our newest program NFAR Tech, is a comprehensive vocational training program in software testing that addresses the high unemployment rate (85%) of today’s young adults with autism as they age out of the public school system, and offers a crucial pathway from the educational system to meaningful employment.

At NFAR we realize that by creating a concerned and active community, we will help to ensure a brighter future for our children. Please join us by showing your support and participating in the Race for Autism in April. Because you can be a HERO for Autism!

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