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Support Autism Families by Participating in  The Big Give

The mission of the Autism Society of Ohio is to improve the lives of all affected by autism. In Ohio that is more than 60,000 families! 

Big Give Logo - With DateNavigating autism services, making friends, finding a job and achieving independence can be challenging for a family impacted by autism. Through the efforts of our statewide network of staff and volunteers, we are working everyday to create opportunities and options that will improve the quality of life for individuals and the parents the support they need to navigate a complex service system.

In order to do this, we rely heavily on the generosity of people like YOU to continue to do this important work.

Please support our efforts by learning more about The Big Give for Autism. On September 17 the entire nation will be working together to raise funds to support our families. Won't you help?
Here's how: 

  1. Sign up to receive information on the Big Give here (hyperlink)
  2. Like the event on our Facebook page here (hyperlink)
  3. Share the event on your homepage
  4. Invite your friends and family to do these things too
  5. Plan to make a donation to the Autism Society on September 17!

Let's work together to 
ensure that individuals with autism and their families will always have a place to turn for help. 

Are You Up For It?

Join the Autism Society of Ohio at its 4th Annual

Up All Night for Autism

Silent auction, raffles, food,
free game play and much, much more!!
Saturday, October 3, 2014 @ 11:00 PM until 2:30 AM

Dave & Buster’s
3665 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard
(Fishinger Rd Exit 13 from I-270)

For Details and to Purchase Tickets Sorry Can’t Attend Would Like to Contribute

The Autism Society of Ohio

Need Help? Contact the Autism Society about Our Neighbors Program!

NeighborsWelcome Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Guardians, Individuals with ASD, Foster Parents and Siblings.


Our Neighbor to Neighbor program offers One on One Support & Mentoring Services

Check out our video about the program HERE.

How Do Neighbors Connect? Neighbors chat via email or phone and even meet one-on-one to discuss issues, resources and just let families know they are not alone.  Neighbor Volunteers are matched to families in need by neighborhood (or one close by) age, need or topic.  Neighbors Volunteers also have great resources they can share in a toolkit provided by the Autism Society of Ohio. 

Our Leader ...The Autism Society of Ohio has recruited Neighbor Volunteers from around the Greater Columbus area, coordinated by Autism Society of Ohio Volunteer Laurie Sparks-Dennison.  Families in need can call the Autism Society of Ohio at 614-487-4726 or email at and Sparks-Dennison will match them with a Neighbor Volunteer who can help.

Sparks-Dennison says "Without a navigator, parents who have a child on the autism spectrum can feel confused, overwhelmed and disconnected. What makes the Neighbor to Neighbor Program such a vital resource for the Central Ohio autism community is that parents have the opportunity to connect with someone who has walked in their shoes and been down their path. This kind of support can mean all of the difference in a families' quality of life throughout their autism journey."

Become a Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer....  An Autism Society Neighbor is a special volunteer, usually a parent or other family member touched by autism, and a liaison to family members seeking support and information.  Neighbor Volunteers are about helping a family touched by autism. 

For more information or to get connected to an Autism Society Neighbor, call the Autism Society of Ohio at 614-487-4726 or email us at

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