Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Reform It Now, Inc.

Because everyone with autism is a citizen.

aka Autism Citizen, Inc.

Wall, NJ

Mission

Autism Citizen, Inc. is dedicated to the principle that every person with autism is a citizen. We advocate for their civil rights and liberties through education and awareness with the aim of creating acceptance. We are focused on learning opportunities for business, government, and professionals, helping others to gain understanding about autism and at-risk special needs individuals.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Autistic individuals have a combination of cognitive and communication disabilities and most have difficulty dealing with social situations. There is great need for understanding of this rapidly rising condition as more autistic citizens integrate into mainstream society. We provide training that can prevent adverse conditions for both the autistic person and business, government or professionals, saving extreme embarrassment and potential litigation. The only way to make positive change is through education.

Ruling Year

2014

President

Mr. Robert Angelone

Main Address

1838 State Route 35 F85

Wall, NJ 07719 USA

Keywords

autism, education, law, legal services, ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, courts, lawyers, attorneys, teaching, certification

EIN

46-5085474

 Number

5288842495

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Every day we see people on the autism spectrum abused in business, government, and society in general. They are mistreated, misunderstood, physically harmed or killed, often out of neglect or ignorance. Our goal is to protect, eliminate the ignorance and educate those who should be responsible for those in this at-risk population.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Legal Referral Guide

Autism in the Law

The Kids Grow Up

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with intellectual disabilities,

People with learning disabilities,

People with psychosocial disabilities

Related program

Autism in the Law

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of requests for advocate products or information, including downloads or page views of online material

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Adults,

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of lessons taught

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Autism in the Law

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We base this on the number of professionals we have advised, taught, and consulted about autism.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Autism awareness isn't enough. It's merely a marketing campaign to raise funds. We're after full acceptance because the autistic are being included in mainstream life and need acceptance. About 99% of Americans are aware of autism, but that hasn't ended bullying or crimes against the autistic. With acceptance, we can make life for the autistic far greater, safer and more secure than ever before. When the autistic find meaningful employment and acceptance by their neighbors and others in the community, the high number of crimes against them will reduce dramatically. The key to this is education; teaching companies how to understand the autistic, and to understand the condition itself. People are shocked at how few lawyers, and even doctors, really know about autism, and how few companies are willing to hire autistic employees out of fear and ignorance of the condition. We can change that by creating compelling learning programs that benefit the learners and the autistic.

Our strategy is simple. Create education opportunities about autism that may be provided to business leadership, supervision and employees; to lawyers, judges, prosecutors and public defenders; to doctors and dentists, opticians and ophthalmic specialists; to government employees and leadership, that they may better understand the condition and the people who live with it.

When the learners complete these courses, some of them short, others in great depth, they will have a far greater understanding and will spread the word about acceptance, reducing intolerance, prejudice and fear, but mostly, creating a world in which harm to autistic people, and crimes against them will be intolerable.

Providing direct advocacy for those in difficulty is critical for us, and we believe finding the 'right' help is important for the autistic citizen. Remember, everyone with autism is a citizen.

Our business learning team includes several significant business leaders who not only will help us build the courses, but will help us bring them to the attention of businesses. We're building a website to deliver some of the best online education tools, making enjoyable, rewarding courses that will be available to a very broad audience. We are presently working to develop new trainings for courts, medical personnel and getting requirements for them in law.

Since we started our message of acceptance in 2013, a vast number of autistic individuals, their families, business and government leaders are following our activities. The true measures will come when the courses go live. At that point, we'll have a far greater indication of interest, and statistical data to report from learners. We are making more referrals to lawyers, doctors, and others and providing those professionals with orientation necessary to help autistic clients. Our advertising program is making full use of our website's resources, bringing tens of thousands of individuals to our site to read our content and understand our mission, purpose, and those we serve.

We have already made major changes in law and the way society treats autism. In NY, legislation is currently getting underway to train hospital emergency room personnel. In Ohio, we're under discussion for mental health courts and improved rights for the developmentally disabled. In NJ we helped craft a bill Gov. Chris Christie into law providing for prison terms up to 10 years for endangering the welfare of developmentally disabled persons. The business course is 92% completed. The introductory and advanced legal education courses are 80% completed, and the courses for medical professionals are 63% complete. We have already assisted in a number of civil and criminal cases involving autistic victims of crimes as advocates and advocated in more than 100 cases in less than 9 months of operations. Presently, we're advising a county prosecutor's office about autism and an autistic individual who was the victim of a malicious crime. We are helping the prosecutor understand the nature of the young man's condition and how two alleged 'friends' lured him onto a stone jetty in winter and convinced this young man to jump into the freezing Atlantic Ocean, where he nearly drowned. The story made national news in USA Today. Additionally, we were requested to provide information to two legislators who are crafting anti-bullying legislation in New Jersey, specifically for the protection of those with autism. We have developed Chefs4Autism, a campaign and group of 1375 chefs from around the world, some of them major celebrities, who are supporting our acceptance learning programs. We've obtained a $120,000 grant from Google, $15,000 from Salesforce, and smaller grants from Microsoft, and other major benefactors. Our Twitter feed has nearly 3,000 followers developed in a matter of 8 weeks online. Combined, our social media reach touches more than 300,000 world-wide. We've hired a team of amazing young people to build our brand awareness, and have associated with several insurers to build awareness of the need for special needs trusts and insurances for autistic children.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Our primary focus on diversity is the inclusion of persons on the autism spectrum.