Spring Forward For Autism (SFFA) started as a fundraiser in 2014 specifically to donate proceeds to Florida Institute of Technology’s Scott Center for Autism Treatment. At the Scott Center, monies raised through our Zumbathon event was utilized in their WISH Scholarship. WISH scholarships provide early intervention treatment for children with autism and related disorders to families that otherwise could not afford it.
Our 2015 fundraiser Zumbathon, we raised $20,000 for The Scott Center. In a letter from Ivy Chong, Director of Scott Center Autism Services and Training, the money raised from SFFA helped 30 families with a child, or children, aged 1-6 years, 31 families with a child aged 6.1 to 12 years, and 18 families with a pre- adolescent 12.1 through 18 years. Some were evaluations for diagnosis while others were given the WISH Scholarships allowing ABA (advanced behavioral analysis), or social skills group.
After realizing the need for awareness and how many families in Brevard County were in need, we decided to expand the reach and continue Spring Forward For Autism as our own 501-C3. After gaining 501-C3 status. Susan Belcher started donating her time as a Zumba instructor and giving portions of Zumba class proceeds to SFFA. Our events allowed SFFA to support the following organizations, events, and families:
As we continue to grow, we are hoping to open a support and social club with a yearly membership fee. Our intention is to have multiple or possibly monthly social events. Monies raised from our activities will continue to impact families and organizations in need for assistance with evaluations, ABA/ Occupational Therapy/ Speech Therapies, Tutoring/ Educational needs, Sensory Aids/ Tools, Autism Awareness Vehicles, Guidance, and Social Activities for Families affected by Autism.