Autism And Us

We are a parent community of support.

Detroit, MI   |  https://autismandus.org

Mission

To serve as a community of support for parents and caregivers of loved ones who are on the autism spectrum.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder / President

La Bonita B Dawson

Co-Founder / Vice President

Linda Garite

Main address

PO Box 23655

Detroit, MI 48223 USA

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EIN

84-3028297

NTEE code info

Autism (G84)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Community Autism Awareness Events

A program to support awareness about autism within our communities. As this is a new program for our organization the goal is to provide general information and education about autism and related disorders. These events are held at public venues across the country and made available to all within reach. This program is to be held in the month of April of each year which is autism awareness month. With smaller events throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Health

Our main focus is support for parents and caregivers who have loved ones with the autism spectrum disorder. We currently offer several online support communities for parents and caregivers with loved ones who have autism. These support communities online are open to parents and caregivers around the world. Our goal is to eventually have Autism and Us face to face support groups across the U S. These groups help to fulfill the need of being with others that can relate, provide emotional support as well as, to help with parenting suggestions and to provide information about professional resources.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Caregivers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our organization serves the parent and caregivers who are caring for loved ones with autism spectrum disorder. Feedback from this community is important in assisting our ongoing efforts to better meet the needs of the parents and caregivers within our community.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    One recent changed brought own in response to community feedback is more one on one support. This brought about our parent to parent mentorship program within our community group.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for their feedback helps our community feel and know that they are a part of a family of members. It allows them to be open and not to be afraid to ask for what they need in terms of support. It also helps us to make an effort to provide those needs as soon as possible. This helps to strengthen our relationships throughout.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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

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Autism And Us

Board of directors
as of 8/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

La Bonita Dawson

Autism And Us

Term: 2019 -


Board co-chair

Linda Garite

Autism And Us

Term: 2019 -

Monica Simmon

Hernando Flowers

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/30/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/31/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.