2023 - 2024 State Service Project
The Autism Foundation of Oklahoma
For this term, Oklahoma Rainbow will be fundraising for the Autism Foundation of Oklahoma (AFO)! The AFO is based in Oklahoma City, but provides service to all of Oklahoma. Their main purpose is to make Oklahoma a more inclusive and autism-friendly state, and they split this goal into different approaches. On top of their advocacy and awareness programs, the AFO fundraises for the Oklahoma Autism Center, which improves the quality of life for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through screenings, awareness, outreach, early intervention & professional development programs. Their multiple development programs include Training Oklahoma Childcare Providers to Support Children with Autism (TOCA), Project: Safe Stop, and Autism Training for Oklahoma’s Judicial System.
Having many family members, friends and peers who are on the autism spectrum has shown me how much improvement Oklahoma can and should make as it relates to our treatment of neurodivergent individuals. The AFO puts donations directly into their training, advocacy, and awareness programs based on need. These programs will help lead to significant advancement in our state’s treatment of those on the spectrum.
You can learn more about the Autism Foundation of Oklahoma by visiting their website: https://www.autismfoundationok.org/