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In 2023 the CDC determined that 1 in 36 children will be diagnosed with autism. It is more commonly found in boys than girls. People diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have difficulty with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat certain behaviors, have rigid routines, and might not want change in their daily activities. Many people with ASD also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and typically last throughout a person’s life. There is no cure for autism and the cause is still yet unknown.


Helping under-served families impacted by Autism

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We provide social programs to encourage natural socializing, free from judgment from people who do not understand autism, and holiday events so families can enjoy themselves like any other families.

By visiting the link you can make a donation today!

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The Freddie Ford Family Foundation is dedicated to supporting under-served families impacted by autism and raising awareness and acceptance of autism.  Through our mission we strive to enhance the quality of life for individuals with autism by providing opportunities to socialize in a safe, natural setting free from judgment, all while providing fun experiences for the whole family.

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There are a number of sponsorship opportunities for the Ausome 80's Trivia Night, Camp Ausome, and our Annual Heroes for Autism 5k and Mile. Please email for more information click here.

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We are a volunteer driven organization. We welcome volunteers for our programs and social events including our Easter Egg Hunt, Trivia Night, Camp Ausome, Heroes for Autism 5k, Trunk or Treat and Christmas Party. We know that our volunteers are special caring people whose time is valuable. If you want a meaningful volunteer experience, please contact us.

6th Annual Heroes for Autism 5K & Mile registration is open!

Visit our events page to register. With no extra fees. 

The 5K registration fee is now $45 and the mile is $35. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join us July 20th at Queeny Park. Children 11 and under are free with an adult registration.

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Cooking Class

The Cooking Class with Chef Michelle Schmidt will be an opportunity for families to cook together. Children ages 5 and up will learn to make a pizza from scratch.  Space is limited to 10 children. Join us for a fun cooking experience. July 13, 2024 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.

Five Oaks on Warson

1200 N. Waron Rd

Olivette, MO 63132

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Buddy Bench Plastic Cap Collection program needs your help. We need donations of plastic caps from a variety of items. See the approved list no medical caps!  Learn More!


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6th Annual Heroes for Autism 5K & Mile Vendor registration!

Vendors are needed to help enhance the event experience for participants. The vendor fee is $100.  Tents are provided to the first 10 vendors with a table and 2 chairs.

Our Programs and  Objectives

Freddie Ford Family Foundation is working very hard to implement programs that support families.  Donations to our organization goes to support our programs and objectives.

The  objective of the community education programs is increasing awareness and acceptance of autism. The family support programs provide necessary resources as well as general support to families.  The objectives for the social skills programs are to assist individuals with autism and their parents with social opportunities to improve their mental health and overall welfare.   The objectives of our programs can be measured by event registration and participation in our programs. We offer a variety of program options that appeal to a range of interests, ability levels and age groups.

Mental and Physical Wellness

The mental and physical wellness programs are to promote activities to support the physical and mental well being of families and individuals with autism.

Social Skills

The social skills programs provide opportunities for individuals with autism to engage socially in a natural setting without being instructed on social expectations. Currently, we provide monthly social events for young children with autism. We have a teen social group that meets regularly for events and has weekly social skills calls. 

Family Support

The family support programs allow us to connect with parents with newly diagnosed children with information and resources, to discuss issues and concerns with schools, and interact with parents who just need social support to discuss life parenting a child with autism.

Autism Awareness and Acceptance

Through community events and programs the Freddie Ford Family Foundation is working to increase awareness and acceptance of autism.

Summer Camp

The summer camp, Camp Ausome, is for young children with autism to provide a safe place for them to learn a variety of sports and activities with staff that understands their needs.


The Freddie Ford Family Foundation provides links to necessary resources, information, and support to parents of individuals with autism. The Youtube Channel, @ford4autismstl, has videos of educational webinars explaining ABA therapy, Speech therapy, how to manage finances, and other topics.

If you’d like to sponsor an event or for more information about our activities, visit our events page or email us.



Our full Guide to Autism Diagnosis can be found under our resources tab.

Autism Info Guide for parents and caregivers

The Guide to Autism is basic information to get you started on your autism journey. You will find helpful tips for parents and caregivers to support your loved one with autism.  Also, there is a list of frequently used terms for you to familiarize yourself with.



Autism Info Guide for parents and caregivers on school and finding supports

Trunk or Treat

My kids had a ball! Thank you for hosting a wonderful party!!

Trivia Night

What a great event! Felicia, John and their volunteers did an excellent job with everything from the decor, auction items, the theme, all the way to the trivia questions! very enjoyable evening for a wonderful cause. Highly recommend!

Karlla, Trivia Night

A great time with fun people committed to a great cause. I will definitely keep supporting this event and the Freddie Ford Family Foundation!

1 in 36 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum.  Autism spectrum disorder is 4 times more common in boys than girls.

Statistic from Centers for Disease control

Raise Autism awareness and provide services for  under-served children.

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