The American Autism and Rehabilitation Foundation (AARF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children, adults, and families affected by various special needs conditions, including but not limited to autism, Aspergers, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, stroke, sensory processing disorder, and more. AARF supports local programs whose efforts reflect the common goal of minimizing and/or eliminating obstacles that interfere with independence for children and adults with special needs. As such, AARF partners with organizations that promote and provide early intervention, therapy services, extracurricular activities, family support, and professional/community education in the areas of autism and the special needs population. At its core, AARF believes that children and adults with special needs bring talents and abilities that the world would not otherwise experience and seeks to magnify these voices in the community.
Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of three. It impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of communication skills, social interaction, and cognitive function. Those with autism normally have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions and leisure or play activities.
As part of our outreach to those with special needs, AARF is honored to provide services to our veterans who have been affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury. PTSD affects approximately 20% of veterans, and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center reported nearly 414,000 TBIs among US servicemen as of 2019. AARF is proud to serve US troops in their recovery efforts.
Autism Society of Alabama: https://www.autism-alabama.org/
University of South Alabama Regional Autism Network:
A Message from our President, Kevin Mohler
My name is Kevin Mohler and I am President of American Autism & Rehabilitation Foundation. Thank you so much for your consideration of supporting AARF. You are truly making a difference and AARF values your support tremendously.
We have been working hard since the beginning of 2020 to raise funds to support the special needs community through various community events and services, as well as the financial needs of the American Autism & Rehabilitation Center to continue it's exceptional impact on the special needs community. We appreciate each and every one of our donors and we wouldn’t be where we are without your support. Together, we have provided meals for children with special needs, rebuilt destroyed fences of an autism center in Mobile from the hurricane, have contributed financially to opening a special needs private school in Baldwin County, raised money to support treatment of our wounded veterans, and so much more.
With your contribution, we are one step closer to rebuilding a playground for children with special needs that was destroyed in the hurricane, fully launching the school for special needs children, and providing more treatment for veterans in need. Your recent gift will go towards these much needed projects and will help us further our impact on children with special needs and wounded warriors in the local community.
If you have specific questions about how your gift is being used, or you want further information on how to continue your support, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am available by email at KevinM@americanautismcenter.org or you can visit our website americanautismcenter.org.
American Autism & Rehabilitation Foundation
Kevin Mohler, President, Troy Dyess, Secretary, Darla Dixon, RN, BSN, Treasurer, Gray McDermott, Aaron Parker, Jeff Copeland, Tina Steward, Michelle Murrill, Todd Denison