Outreach autism Services Network
Outreach autism Services Network, Inc. (OaSN) is a non-profit agency founded May 12, 2011 providing autism services to individuals, families and caregivers in Marion, Alachua, Citrus, Lake, and Sumter counties.
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 was co founded in 2011 by two parents that have children with autism 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 agency. 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, their families and/or caregivers in Marion and surrounding counties. 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!
Our intake form is now 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.
Welcome to the 5th Annual OaSN Autism Walk!
Join us for the 5th Annual OaSN Super Hero Autism Walk! Come dressed up as your favorite super hero, enter our costume contest and stay after for entertainment, food/drink for purchase and more! This is a fun family event! Support autism services LOCALLY & have a good time too! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and funds programs and services throughout the year. We are funded by donations and private grants only. Thank you for your support!
EVENT DATE: Saturday April 7, 2018
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?
1 in 36 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to figures from CDC. Autism is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Autism is 5 times more common among boys then girls.
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.