The Answer Inc. is a 501c3 N.F.P. organization that is dedicated to improving and enriching the quality of life of families and caregivers impacted by Autism and/or other Developmental Disorders by providing support, resources, education, recreation and advocacy. Our goal is to de-stigmatize societies’ opinion of people with Autism and Developmental Disorder and empower families.
WHO WE ARE
WHAT WE DO
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Be a part of "The Answer" by Opening Your Heart to Autism Today. Your support is the only way that we are able to continue doing the wonderful works that we do.
Our Annual Gala
On Saturday, September 15, 2018 we are hosting our 11th Annual Gala Reception. Our theme this year is “Shining Stars for Autism”, held at the Waterford Banquets in Elmhurst. The evening event includes premier appetizers, delicious carving stations, music, dancing, photo booth, great raffles and silent auction prizes such as a chance to win Hotel Stays and an array of fun items associated with our “Shining Stars for Autism" theme.
There are several ways that you can be a part of the success of this year's Gala - first and foremost by attending the Gala. You can also be a sponsor, donate items for the Silent & Live Auction and purchase an Ad in our Advertisement book. Keep in mind that the deadline for the Ad is September 5, 2018.
browse last Year's Gallery
As you consider becoming a partner please keep in mind that a contribution of ANY kind is greatly appreciated and a portion of all donations is tax deductible.
We are working diligently to promote Autism and Developmental Disorder Awareness. We provide needed resources to residents throughout the community and the Chicagoland area. This is not something we can accomplish alone. With government funding being cut regularly, we rely on the goodness of people to support our efforts in enhancing the lives of those impacted by Autism and Developmental Disorders.
I pray that you take a second to browse some of "What We Do" and that you will find yourself encouraged to come out and join us on Saturday, September 15, 2018 --- as we continue in our commitment to being The Best Autism Awareness and Support Agency in the Chicagoland Area, delivering on our promise to the families that we serve.
Our Support Services
Our “Just For Men” support group caters to the needs of the fathers dealing with individuals with autism or other mental impairments. Researchers found that fathers of adolescents and young adults with autism experience high levels of depression and are pessimistic about what the future holds for their child. Men are more socialized to just soldier on & the resultant emotional isolation can easily foster depression. This group is male facilitated to allow a safe place to open up and connect with other men in the same situation. Which reinforces the sanctity of fatherhood as role models for other fathers in our community. Free respite care for children is provided at meetings the second Saturday of every month.
Our Spectrum University Program
More than a third of young adults on the autism spectrum are neither working nor in college. Young adults on the autism spectrum experience unique challenges in finding work or enrolling in appropriate educational opportunities after leaving high school. The Answer Inc. facilitates Autism friendly employers and connects them with eligible applicants to become part of community life.
To help address this need Spectrum University ( our tutoring program for special needs young adults) services participants --- ages 18 to 40 --- impacted by autism/developmental disorders.
Our MUSIC n ME Program
Sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits can influence behavior, academic performance and social interactions. Our MUSIC n ME Nutrition, Dance and Exercise Class is a program combining fitness, social interaction, expression and the opportunity to explore nutritious foods. Improved mobility and making better food choices are important and beneficial for long term health and well-being. The group experience teaches patience, listening to instruction and the valuable skill of working your way around a kitchen.
Our Recreational Events
Our group travels beyond the local community to experience a variety of fun recreational activities. Outings include: theater, sporting events, peer dances, and horseback riding camp!
Horseback Riding Camp
A significant amount of the funds from the walkathon - our largest fundraiser of the year -goes toward providing scholarships for equine assisted therapy camp. Riders develop balance and rhythm from the movement, in which the child indirectly learns how to focus better, tactile senses are stimulated, motor skills are also developed in grooming and there is an increase in self-confidence, which increases the desire and willingness to learn skills at home and/or at school. Learning is no longer scary, but fun, interesting and rewarding.
Other recreational events include:
Our February Valentine Dance
Our June Dance Fever Event
Our July Mothers of The Midwest Brunch
Our September Gala
Our December Steppers Delight
Funds from the walkathon allows us to continue providing Family outings and Peer Dances throughout the year that foster educational opportunities to teach and practice acceptable public behaviors and socialization skills.
Our Latest News & Announcements
If you are simply looking for some "good works" to support in your community, you have come to the right place. We invite you to "Be a part of the Answer" today - because it is contributions from thoughtful committed citizens like yourself, that allow us to fund our programming efforts and continue to provide much needed resources, activities, and outlets for Children and Parents of Children with Autism and other Developmental Disorders.
Click the "Open Your Heart to Autism" button below and we will be sure to send you a special thank you gift as a small gesture of how much your donation means to The Answer Inc and each and every mother and child that make up the community that we serve.
Debra Vines, Founder/Executive Director