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Arms Around ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

One Giant Hug for Families

aka Arms Around ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)   |   Asheville, NC   |  www.armsaroundasd.org

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Mission

The mission of Arms Around ASD is to support the autism community through self-care and development of executive functioning skills promoting the growth of the community as a whole. Arms is unique in that we provide services for autistic people regardless of age, ability or income AND their families, care providers, support staff and other professionals (teachers, doctors, nurses, therapists, etc) who work with them. Everyone who provides services for AAASD is a volunteer. From our acupuncturist to our Zumba instructor, front desk person to executive director, we all have our arms around autism spectrum disorder. Arms is one giant hug to families who seek our services.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder and Executive Director

Michele Louzon

Main address

3 S. Tunnel Road Space L-40

Asheville, NC 28805 USA

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EIN

46-4239709

NTEE code info

(Autism) (G84)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The autistic community has many needs for support, therapy and caring. Insurance does not cover the services that our organization provides even thought they are beneficial for the clients. School aged children have access to some services provided by the state but when kids graduate there is a very limited supply of services, and what is available is often cost prohibitive.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Development of Executive Functioning Skills

The following services provided by Arms hone executive functioning skills:
Belly Dancing
Crochet Club
Davis' Dance Party
For the Love of Art
Game Day
Gardening
Hula
Karaoke
Meditation
Mindfulness
Move Your Body
Stop Motion Animation Creation
Tai Chi-Qigong
Yoga
Zumba

Population(s) Served

Self care practices are promoted by the following services provided by Arms:
Acupuncture
Chiropractic Care
Craniosacral Therapy
Dental Screenings
Dry Brushing
Foot Rubs
Jyorei
LGBTQ+ Therapy Consultations
Massage
Meditation
Mindfulness
Naturopath
Nurse Practitioner
Pampering (Facials, Fairy Hair, Nails)
Pet Therapy
Reflexology
Reiki
Somatic Experiencing
Supportive Counseling
Qigong
Yoga

Population(s) Served

These services assist with independent living:
Big Hug Boutique
Educational Navigation
Financial Wellness Classes
Friends Group
Relationship Coaching
Transitions Navigator

Population(s) Served

These services give participants opportunities to get together with peers:
Bird Watching/Nature Experiences
Crochet Club
Davis' Dance Party
Friends Group
Game Day
Karaoke
Pet Therapy
Seasonal Storytime
Teen Group

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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Relive stress, provide therapies to enable executive function and socialization skills, and provide a welcoming community for all people affected by autism.

Arms connects local professional therapists who are willing to volunteer their time or trade their services for office space where they can see their private clients with people on the autism spectrum, their families and their caregivers.

Arms has a network of over 30 professional volunteers who provide services at no charge or in exchange for the use of our offices to see their private clients.

We have grown from two volunteer professionals helping three families in our basement to a a network of over 30 providers helping 300 people in our downtown offices.

We plan to continue to adding services and helping more autistic people, their families and caregivers in the Asheville area.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Arms Around ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rich Johnston

Grandis Evaluation Center

Term: 2024 - 2026

Jason Hadley

Retired engineer

Catherine Bergrud

Youth Villiages

Melissa Gerhardt

SLP-Tele

Sarah Broberg

SB Corporate Consultancy

Susan Plemmons

Lowes

Jarrod Perkins

First Bank

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern/North African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

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Disability

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