Outreach Autism Services Network (OASN)
OASN is a non-profit organization founded 5/12/11 to provide low cost social & academic programs, no cost referrals & support (not financial) to individuals on the spectrum for autism & related neuro immune disorders (their families & caregivers) residing in the state of FL. All programs are offered conveniently in the middle of the state of Florida at 7634 SW 60th Avenue Ocala, Florida 34476.
GENERAL LINE: (352) 462-0168 ACADEMIC LINE: (352) 509-4085
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Academic Year (August-May) 8:15am-2:30pm M-F Summer (June & July) 8:30am-1pm (phones answered until 1:15pm)*
WE ARE CLOSED DURING THESE TIMES: Spring Break, the last week in May, the last two weeks in July, Thanksgiving Week, Winter break and all major holidays (we follow Marion County schedule for these closure dates).
WHAT DOES OASN DO?
OASN collaborates with doctors, therapists, schools, & other non profit organizations to provide valuable resources, services, events & support (meetings, not financial support). We currently provide social and academic programs for individuals with autism up to age 21. We hope to offer services to adults in the future. Please click here for our adult resource guide.
Please click on the blue link below for the Center For Autism and Related Disabilities to get information and referrals for adults.
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 at a low cost to our clients, students and their families.
We have been serving the community since May 12, 2022!
OASN FOREVER HOME: We continue our search for our forever home for OASN! Specifically, we are searching for a mini farm, former lodge or school, with at minimum 6500 square feet and at least 2 acres of land. This property must be zoned PUD, agricultural or commercial and not part of a home owner's association. Finding our forever home means that we can begin the process of offering services to adults and children 3-5! You can contribute financially to our forever home fund clicking here.
OASN changed its logo in 2020 to reflect the medical component of autism. OASN programs & services engage the mind & the hands represent our staff, volunteers & board assisting our clients & students. You still may see our old logo (puzzle pieces) from time to time as well.
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
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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