We can help. NFAR's mission is to mprove the outcomes and opportunities for children and young adults with autism.
To date, NFAR has invested over 1.7 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 900 initiatives in the areas of:
- early identification, and programs for young families
- educational materials, equipment and technology
- parent informational sessions
- enrichment programs and summer camp opportunities
- research projects
- 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, providing outreach to under-served populations and providing for the immediate needs at the classroom level.
NFAR's Technical Training Programs
NFAR's newest programs are helping to address the growing concern of what individuals with autism will do once they graduate/ transition out of the educational system (unemployment rate for those with autism is 85%) and offers a crucial pathway from the educational system to meaningful employment.
NFAR Tech is a comprehensive vocational training program teaching quality assurance processes in software testing. Since 2016, 64 young adults have completed this 7 month program, with 93% being placed into paid work internships through the program at companies throughout San Diego.
In addition, NFAR launched "NFAR Works" in August 2019 to serve individuals who have a broader range of interests.
At NFAR we realize that by building a more inclusive San Diego, 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. Because you can be a HERO for Autism!
For more information, please visit us at www.NFAR.org.