Outreach Autism Services Network (OASN)
OASN is a non-profit organization founded 5/12/11 to provide no cost/low cost social & academic programs & events to individuals on the spectrum for autism & related neuro immune disorders (their families & caregivers) residing in the state of FL.
OASN collaborates with doctors, therapists, schools, & other non profit organizations to provide valuable resources, services, & support.
OASN Social Programs are dependent on grant funding and donations received.
OASN Academic Programs (OASN K-12 Education Division & Ocala Preparatory Academy) are funded in part by choice scholarships & parent financial participation.
Tax deductible donations help us keep our social and academic programs no cost or low cost. We are in need of a larger building. Help us help more families!
OASN staff are available to offer assistance regarding programs/services & referrals 8am-2pm M-F. We are closed for all major holidays, Spring Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Winter Break. We are open during summer months.
OASN is excited to unveil our new logo (see below) that reflects the medical component of autism. OASN programs & services engage the mind & the hands represent our staff, volunteers & board assisting our clients & students.
To facilitate the best outcomes for individuals with autism and related neuroimmune/neurodevelopmental disorders. This mission will be accomplished by offering educational programs/services and referrals to the individuals, families & caregivers served.
Outreach Autism Services Network (OASN) was founded in 2011 in collaboration with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and a parent of a child with autism to offer one service, a monthly support meeting in Ocala (Marion County) FL. Our original name was Ocala Autism Support Network to reflect our one service. Over the next year (2011-2012), families wanted more services so OASN became a non-profit organization. Due to the change in what we offer to the community; in 2014, we changed our name too! We now outreach to individuals on the spectrum for autism and related neuroimmune disorders, their families and/or caregivers residing all over the state of Florida, offering no cost and low-cost autism services to individuals with autism and related neuro immune disorders, their parents and caregivers (client # or student # required to obtain our services).
EXPANSION PLANS=CAPITOL CAMPAIGN
OASN has started a capital campaign to fund our plan is to obtain a 10,000+ facility with a commercial kitchen, outdoor space for an organic garden, and expanded recreational space. Expanded space (interior/exterior) and a commercial kitchen will allow us to provide meaningful programs that offer purpose for adults with autism and expand current social & academic programs/services for children with autism and related neuro immune disorders. Please contact our executive director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our capital campaign.
We know the road, so we have paved it for others to have an easier journey!™
What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Individuals with autism process information differently than those not on the spectrum for autism.
How many individuals are diagnosed with autism?
Are there higher medical costs associated with autism?
Individuals with an autism diagnosis have medical expenditures that exceeded those without an autism diagnosis by $4,110–$6,200 per year. On average, medical expenditures for individuals with an autism diagnosis were 4.1–6.2 times greater than for those without an autism diagnosis. Differences in median expenditures ranged from $2,240 to $3,360 per year with median expenditures 8.4–9.5 times greater. In 2005, the average annual medical costs for Medicaid-enrolled children with autism were $10,709 per child, which was about six times higher than costs for children without autism ($1,812). In addition to medical costs, intensive behavioral interventions for children with autism cost $40,000 to $60,000 per child per year.
Reference: Centers for Disease Control:
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db291.pdf, please visit the CDC website for more information.
HUGE thanks to Howard Middle School and the Jr. National Honor Society for volunteering, choosing OASN as their study project, and for their generous donation. Community support allows OASN to offer low cost/no cost programs/services. We are so grateful!
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