Progress to Date

Funds Raised 2019: $142,493

32% of ATPF 2019 Operating Budget

Children Screened: 17,696

SLP Students Trained at SJSU: 2,100

Here's some success stories from some of the families the Autism Tree Project has helped.

Erin Wescott

Erin Wescott

Thank you so much for doing [the NCL Pals Mother's Day Tea and Museum Tour]. I had a wonderful time with my daughter! As a single mom, I don't get a lot of chances to get out and ensure it is somewhere that my daughter will be ok. It was wonderful to watch my daughter interacting with the other girls and the NCL volunteers. They were all well-prepared to work the with girls and it was great to watch.

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson has been drawing since the age of five. He always has a pencil in hand and is drawing or creating his next work of art. Joel's unique style and imagination are inspired by the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh and a local San Diego artist, Ray Blavatt.

Kerri McDaniels

Kerri McDaniels

Thank you for putting together such awesome and thoughtful programs for our families. My daughter Summer, my husband and I really enjoy coming to these events. We have noticed Summer growing in confidence and willingness to try new challenges to her "comfort zone" as a result of participating in several ATPF programs. She keeps asking about Football and is excited to go again to a USD Football game. It is such a relief to us to be able to give her opportunities where she is surrounded by caring and understanding people. It reduces our stress as parents, which reduces her stress in return. I guess we are all growing in our confidence and willingness to try new challenges! Thank You so much! 

Savine Cogar

Savine Cogar

Savine is ATPF's newest spokesperson. Hers, in particular, is a truly a remarkable story of success. Savine, who’s now almost 12, was diagnosed with Autism and Mental Retardation when she was 3 years old. She was essentially non-verbal and did not speak in full sentences until she was 4 years old.

Sheri Knight

Sheri Knight

ATPF initiates relationships with people. Relationships between people who need help and people who can help. And relationships between people with ASD and people who didn't know someone with ASD but soon learn of all the wonderful qualities that people with ASD have as well as some of the difficulties. My own perspective regarding Autism has completely changed since I've attended ATPF activities. I once felt alone and did not want to let people know that my son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Now I feel like a part of an Autism family and I'm proud to tell people that my son is Autistic and share our experiences.