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What is The Monroe County Autism Foundation?

This organization (formerly R.E.A.C.H. Autism Foundation) was established in November of 2011 when a local autism consultant decided it was time to help those in our community diagnosed with ASD obtain the much needed services they deserve. Even though autism is recognized as a medical condition and is mandated in the state of Indiana to be covered by insurance, many children and families in Bloomington do not have this benefit and cannot access the services that could help them. The Foundation is focusing on children and families of children in the Bloomington and Monroe County area of Indiana. It is an IRS Sec 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all contributions may be fully tax deductible.

What is autism?

Autism is a devastating and complex neurobiological disorder that typically appears during the first three years of life. Autism currently affects 1 in every 88 children today (as reported by the Center for Disease Control). It is estimated there are over 1 million people in the United States with autism.

Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that although it is defined by a certain set of behaviors, children and adults with autism can exhibit any combination of these behaviors in any degree of severity. Some people with autism are severely affected, cannot speak, require constant one-on-one care, and are never able to live independently. There are others who have less severe symptoms, can communicate, and eventually acquire the necessary skills to live on their own.

Typically, autism affects individuals in five key areas:

Communication (verbal and non-verbal)
Social skills
Behaviors
Learning
Medical issues

While there is no single cause or cure for autism, it is treatable. Children do not outgrow autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.

Facts:

One in every 88 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with autism. (NOTE: This number does NOT include: PDD, Aspergers and other spectrum disorders. These statistics are endorsed by the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and other federal organizations.)

Autism is a life-long disability for many affected individuals.

Autism affects each individual uniquely.

People affected with autism live a normal life span.

It is estimated that there are approximately one million people in the US affected with autism.

Some people affected with autism will require life-long care at the cost of $5 to $7 million dollars.

Autism is the most common developmental disability in Indiana (and many other states). Autism is now more common than Down Syndrome, Mental Retardation, and Cystic Fibrosis combined.

Autism often strikes boys more often than girls – roughly five times more common in boys.

Some children who receive an early diagnosis, intense behavioral intervention, medical treatment, and speech therapy will lead typical lives. Not all people diagnosed with autism receive such an early diagnosis or enjoy this outcome.


The Monroe County Autism Foundation believes in early diagnosis, intensive therapies and medical intervention for children affected by autism. With early intervention, medical treatment unique to each person’s needs, and necessary support services for families many children can improve greatly and some can recover from their autistic symptoms. We believe the future is not defined for many children affected by autism. Hope and recovery is possible.

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“I just wanted to say how grateful I am for your generosity of resources and spirit toward my daughter, Rebecca. It is because of you that she was able to successfully attend iCan Bike Camp and gain some great skills and confidence.”

Cyndi Johnson

Mother of Rebecca Johnson

“Scott went from a deep conviction that Tyler would never ride a bike to huge grins by mid-week, to insistence on daily practice for the next two months. What a gift MCAF gave him!”

Emily Nehus

Mother of Tyler Grieb

“From the inner, better part of me, thank you MCAF. Your help was well received. Thank you guys. You folks actualy care about what I care about!”

Kevin Andrews

Father of KJ Andrews

“[The] Autism society has been such a support to Isaiah and I, and I am not just talking about the money. It is so nice to get your encouraging emails. Thank you.”

Shirley Stephens

Mother of Isaiah Tafari

Monroe County Autism Foundation
2668 S. Adams St. #10
Bloomington IN 47403