Progress to Date

Funds Raised 2019: $17,845

4% of ATPF 2019 Operating Budget

Children Screened: 17,480

SLP Students Trained at SJSU: 2,100

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

Teri Smith

Teri Smith

Dear Tonya Ford, 

In early October our family planned a short trip from San Diego to San Francisco but we came close to canceling our plans many times because we were so concerned that our six year old son with sensory processing issues and autism would be traumatized by the airport experience. He flew one time when he was two years old, before he had any diagnosis other than "an immature brain" and developmental delays. That trip was a challenging experience, starting with trying to get through security with his baby brother, strollers, car seats and then the flight itself which was so bad we swore we'd never fly again...

The Cusick Family

The Cusick Family

At the age of 18 months, our son Christopher was diagnosed with Autism. At the time, we really had no idea what autism was or how it would affect our lives.

Now, two years later and after well over a thousand hours of therapy (Behavioral, Speech, Occupational, Physical), Christopher is just beginning to communicate verbally. Last week he started accurately saying "yes" and "no". We are looking forward to his continual growth in constructive communication. He has worked extremely hard and is currently clocking in over 40 hours per week in therapy; both in home, at school and in clinics.

 

The Merced Family

The Merced Family

Hi ATPF Team,

We just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for the airport event on October 26, 2013 (Blue Horizons for Autism) and update you on what happened once you guys left.

 

USD Football Player Mentor AL-Rilwan Adeyemi

USD Football Player Mentor AL-Rilwan Adeyemi

Over the last three years, the University of San Diego Torero football team has had the pleasure of working with the Autism Tree Projection foundation in making a difference in young people's lives. Among the many different activities and events that we put on, the winter wonderland is the crème de la crème of all events. It's a night full with jubilation and tears; happy tears that is. The jubilation comes from the interaction between our players and the kids. On the other hand, the happy tears come from parents seeing their kids interacting with the players.

On this particular night a lot of parents are overwhelmed by emotions because rarely do they experience their kids just having fun doing kids stuff. As much fun as the kids have on this night, the players/mentors have as good of a time. The players enjoy having time away from their daily duties with school and football to once again channel their inner child even for a brief moment. At certain points in the night it is hard differentiating who the kid is by the behaviors of the players.

Ever since the winter wonderland began three years ago, I get young players come up to me wondering if we are going to continue with the winter wonderland next year and I assure them that as long as the kids keep coming we'll be here. After a great victory against Drake University, the team held our annual family day and after the family day the players had so much fun that they were asking when the next activity was. The players can't wait till the next opportunity to spend time with their kids at the winter wonderland.

Sincerely,
AL-Rilwan Adeyemi

USD Football Player Mentor Mike Levine

USD Football Player Mentor Mike Levine

October 19, 2011

The Autism Tree Project Foundation ("ATPF") was created in 2003 to help build community awareness for autism. The goal of ATPF is to provide a mentoring program for those children suffering from autism and a support system for their families. ATPF seeks to educate and to show autism sufferers that they have a bright future and a lot to look forward to in life.