About the National Foundation for Autism Research

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S., and one of the most critical issues of our time. Approximately one in every 68 children in the United States has autism or a closely related disorder, making it more prevalent than childhood cancers, juvenile diabetes and Down Syndrome COMBINED.

The good news is that children with autism can learn and improve, sometimes significantly, with the proper treatments and interventions. Yet, effective programs and services for children and up to adults with autism are not always available.

We can help. NFARs mission is to help in the development, expansion and support of autism programs and services that improve the quality of life for children and young adults with autism.

To date, NFAR has invested over a million dollars in autism programs and services throughout San Diego County. Supported primarily through the funds raised at our annual Race for Autism in Balboa Park, NFAR has funded more than 550 initiatives in the areas of:

  • early identification
  • educational materials, equipment and technology
  • educational workshops and parent trainings
  • treatment programs
  • out-of-school programs
  • vocational tech training for young adults

These programs are helping those with autism by creating new learning and social opportunities, funding studies to improve treatment, supporting outreach to underserved populations and providing for the immediate needs at the classroom level.  Our newest program, a comprehensive vocational training program addresses the high unemployment (85%) and social isolation of today’s young adults with autism as they age out of the public school system, and offers a crucial pathway from the educational system to meaningful employment.

At NFAR we realize that by creating a concerned and active community, we will help to ensure a brighter future for our children.