Outreach autism Services Network (OaSN)
OaSN is a non-profit organization that provides no cost/low cost programs & services to individuals on the spectrum for autism & related neuro immune disorders, their families and caregivers residing in the state of FL. To participate in our programs & services, offered in Ocala, FL, we must have a current intake form on file (on/after 8/1/18). If you are out of state (NO out of country intakes are allowed), generally our programs & services will not be helpful to you unless you are interested in the OaSN Neuro Medical Division.
OaSN collaborates with doctors, therapists, schools, etc. to provide valuable resources, services and support for the individuals and families we serve. OaSN provides the best outcomes™ by offering education, programs, services, referrals, support meetings and events.
OaSN relies on the generosity of the community and grants to help fund our autism programs/services. Tax deductible donations are always appreciated! OaSN office hours are 9am-3pm M-F Eastern Time (closed for holidays and most school breaks). We look forward to assisting you soon.
OaSN was founded May 12, 2011 (in collaberation with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) by an autism parent solely to offer one service; a monthly support meeting. 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 all individuals on the spectrum for autism and related neuro immune disorders, their families and/or caregivers residing in FL. OaSN is not directly funded by any state agency; we rely on the generosity of the community and grants to help us help others. Tax deductible donations are always appreciated!
EXPANSION PLANS=CAPITOL CAMPAIGN
OaSN has started a capital campaign to fund our plan is to obtain a 20,000 sq ft. facility with a commercial kitchen, outdoor space for an organic farm, 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 programs/services for children with autism and related neuro immune disorders. Please contact our executive director at email@example.com or our finance director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our capitol campaign.
The Autism Behavioral Education Program is a United Way funded program that assists autism families (with an intake form completed after 8-1-2018 on file AND residing in Marion County) by offering the following:
-A seminar that provides a core understanding of Applied Behavioral Analysis & ways that it can assist your child with autism (up to age 19) with behavioral management, life & social skills. Childcare for all children in your family is provided for this required seminar to participate in this program.
-Once you have determined that you are in interested in obtaining applied behavioral analysis (ABA) for your child, you will be assisted in completing paperwork to one or more ABA companies (depending on your insurance provider) with the assistance of Outreach autism Services Network staff (OaSN) and/or volunteers.
-You will be required to fill out additional paperwork to provide to an applied behavioral analyst or an assistant applied behavioral analyst to assist with creating a basic behavioral plan to assist parents, caregivers and teachers to aid the child with autism until ABA therapy is approved by your public, private or commercial insurance plan.
-OaSN will provide assistance through support meetings, information about other services that are offered, & referrals to other therapies or services as needed.
Please note, there is no charge to participate in this program, however, you will need to provide requested information including family income to be considered. This program is NOT income dependent, it is dependent on the need of the child you are requesting to participate in this program. OaSN is required to collect this information to receive grant funding. This information also assists us in getting more funding. Thank you. Additional note, this information is confidential & will only be shared as data without identifying names, addresses, etc.
Steam Summer Program Registration 2019
Outreach autism Services Network is pleased to offer our 6th Annual Summer Program funded by generous donations from the community. The STEAM Summer Program will be filled with fun, hands-on activities. Participants will learn about robotics (including programming robots, flying drones, and launching rockets. Participants will engage in interactive science experiments, such as making catapults, designing a maze, cooking in a solar oven or building rockets. Participants will also enjoy lots of creative and messy art projects. To wrap up each week of our amazing summer program, we will celebrate with Fun Friday with lots of fun activities! Some of these activities will include water balloon fights, tie dying, kites, water day games, pizza, popsicles and so much more!
*The STEAM Summer Program is for all children! One week scholarships will be available based on private grants & community support. Children with autism ages 3-18 (up to 19th birthday). We do our best to accommodate all campers, however, ABA support may be required depending on the needs of each camper.*
Our intake form is available to complete and submit online!
Please take a moment and click the button below and fully complete the intake form. You must have an intake form on file to be eligible for the programs and services that OaSN offers. Should you have any questions please contact us.
We know the road, so we have paved it for others to have an easier journey!™
What is autism?
Autism spectrum disorder 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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