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Cause Category:
Disability
Telephone:
9029018100
Address: Flat No.1, Ground Floor, Sorab House, Garden Lane, Colaba, Mumbai - 400039
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Aligned to the following Sustainable Development Goals

Who We Are

Forum for Autism (FFA), set up formally in 2002, is a parent support group which caters to the needs of families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder. The primary aim of setting up FFA was to create awareness about Autism and to empower parents. Over the last two decades, along with the primary goals, FFA has widened its horizons to work towards protecting the rights of the person with Autism and their families, self advocacy and providing financial assistance to un-affording families. FFA is registered as a Society and Trust under the Societies Registration Act and Indian Trust Act respectively.
• FFA is a vibrant parent body that is working towards empowering persons with Autism and their families.
• Since inception, FFA has been actively involved in spreading awareness about Autism – at schools, colleges, restaurants, corporate houses, to Doctors, teachers, students and society at large.
• FFA runs 2 libraries (Colaba and Vashi) where around 500 books are available on various topics related to Autism.
• FFA conducts parent training workshops and seminars/talks regularly by Professionals from India and abroad to constantly update understanding of Autism and to learn new therapy methods.
• FFA has held several workshops specifically for Professionals and teachers working with children with Autism. FFA has facilitated a training workshop for BMC special education teachers which was greatly appreciated and received excellent feedback.
• FFA has a database of parents and professionals in each area of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane which is readily shared with any new parent who is looking for support and resources.
• Sponsoring of children from un-affording families. FFA commits to partly sponsor a child for 3 years in the school of the parents' choice.
• FFA's Monitoring and Resource Committees formed in 2014 are working towards creating safe environments for children/adults with Autism in schools/therapy centres/vocational centres/residential centres.
• FFA has helped several parents and professionals set up centers/schools for children with Autism.
• FFA parents have constantly engaged with the Govt of Maharashtra and obtained several concessions for children in mainstream schools and now for college students too.
• FFA has been striving to create job opportunities for adults with Autism in the Open employment and Sheltered workshop arenas.
• FFA proudly encourages its Juniors – young adults on the Spectrum to openly talk about their struggles and successes helping them to become inspiring models for the younger children and parents.
• FFA parents have been representing the Autism sector in various State and Central Government bodies. FFA represented Civil Society in the drafting of the new Persons with Disability Law.
• FFA representatives are invited to conduct workshops/seminars/give talks in other parts of India and at international meets too.
• FFA’s website and facebook page are updated regularly to keep our awareness and network processes stay alive, relevant and strong.
• FFA proactively advocates for the rights of persons with Autism and published its Charter of Rights for Persons with ASD on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April 2014.

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Our Fundraisers

Sanjeev Kapoor

Change Investor
` 625250
of ` 1000000
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Varun Sawant

Fundraiser Bronze
` 39000
of ` 200000
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Adheena Babu

Fundraiser
` 0
of ` 150000
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Raising Funds For

Autism is now appearing in 1 in every 68 children, education avenues for our children is still very sparce and is very expensive….
We are helping out families who cannot afford monthly fees and therapy and the money donated by you would certainly help out a child to eventually lead a close to normal life…
We are also supporting the Counselling for Adults on the Autism Spectrum and their families through Adult Support Kendra (A.S.K.). A full-time counselor is providing counselling services to families.
We are in the process of collating Good Practices prevailing in organizations that teach/work with Individuals with Autism. We hope to bring focus on the ethical methods used in the chosen organisations. This project was necessitated because of the multiple cases of abuse of children/ young adults in various centers that were brought to FFA's notice.
In current situation of Lockdown, we are conducting Webinars for Children with Autism & their Parents.

Fund Utilization in 2020

Total funds raised in 2020 - INR 522509.5

Project NameSponsorship for Children with Autism
Amount Utilized (INR)360000
Project DescriptionIn this project we give sponsorship or pay partial school fees of the Children with Autism from un-affording families.
LocationsMumbai City > Maharashtra (MH),Mumbai suburban > Maharashtra (MH),Thane > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesEducation > Early childhood learning,Education > Remedial education,Education > Education scholarships
Beneficiary GroupPersons with Disabilities
Beneficiary Description10 Children with Autism
ImpactThis year we are giving Sponsorship for 10 Students of Sunshine School.
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Children with Autism 10
Project NameCounselling Cell
Amount Utilized (INR)100000
Project DescriptionWe are supporting the Counselling for Adults on the Autism Spectrum and their families through Adult Support Kendra (A.S.K.). A full-time counselor is providing counselling services to families.
LocationsMumbai City > Maharashtra (MH),Mumbai suburban > Maharashtra (MH),Thane > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesHealth > Mental health
Beneficiary GroupPersons with Disabilities,Others
Beneficiary Description5 Counselors from Adult Supports Kendra have helped more than 50 individuals with Autism or families through consultation, guidance, counselling.
ImpactIn this Project, the Counselling cell has helped many individuals with Autism & their families.
They have started, 2 batches of Adults with Autism & Adolescents with Autism for Social Skill development . Each batch will have 12 session on weekly basis.
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Counselling of Adults with Autism or their Family members 50

Fund Utilization in 2019

Total funds raised in 2019 - INR 1314397

Project NameSponsorship for Children with Autism
Amount Utilized (INR)468000
Project DescriptionThe funds were used to sponsor a part of the school fees for young children with Autism.
LocationsMumbai City > Maharashtra (MH),Mumbai suburban > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesEducation > Education scholarships
Beneficiary GroupPersons with Disabilities
Beneficiary DescriptionWe have sponsored 13 Students from 4 different schools or centers.
ImpactEarly intervention strategies are known to produce very effective results for Children with Autism. Parents learn from teachers about continuing same strategies at home, thereby increasing efficiency of the program. Several international studies have proven that early intervention is very effective in young children with Autism.
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Sunshine School 8 Students
2 Santosh Institute 3 Students
3 Aastha Special School 1 Student
4 Muskan Foundation 1 Student
Project NameCounselling Cell
Amount Utilized (INR)100000
Project DescriptionForum for Autism has supported the Counselling for Adults on the Autism Spectrum and their families through Adult Support Kendra (A.S.K.). A full-time counselor will provide counselling services to families.
LocationsMumbai City > Maharashtra (MH),Mumbai suburban > Maharashtra (MH),Thane > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesHealth > Mental health
Beneficiary GroupPersons with Disabilities,Others
Beneficiary DescriptionIndividuals with Autism & their families. Till now counselors have been seen more than 10 individuals with Autism Spectrum & their families.
ImpactThese counselling sessions will seek to improve mental health and thereby overall well-being and productivity of the individuals. This will have a positive outcome amongst their families also.
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Counselling 10 individuals with Autism Spectrum & their families
Project NameCollation of Good Practices
Amount Utilized (INR)120000
Project DescriptionThe project is executed by two parents (Anand Kumtha & Babita Raja) and one Professional (Meghana Surlikar). Three organisations catering to different age groups of individuals with Autism (From early childhood to Adults) were chosen for the Project. Elaborate interviews are taken with the Founders, staff, parents to understand the philosophy and beliefs of each organisation and how they execute the same.
LocationsMumbai City > Maharashtra (MH),Mumbai suburban > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesEducation
Beneficiary GroupPersons with Disabilities
Beneficiary DescriptionChildren / young adults/ adults with Autism
ImpactFFA hopes to highlight the ethical practices followed by these organisations to show other professionals/ parents that teaching/ working with individuals with Autism need not involve any form of restraint/ punitive measures.
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Children / young adults/ adults with Autism All Students with Autism studying in various schools & Centers

Fund Utilization in 2018

Total funds raised in 2018 - INR 803734.99

Project NameSponsorship for Children with Autism
Amount Utilized (INR)500000
Project DescriptionEarly intervention strategies are known to produce very effective results for Children with Autism. Often therapy/School fee for children with Autism is very high and not affordable to all. So FFA helps families from the lower economic strata by sponsoring a part of their school fees for a period of 3 years.
LocationsMumbai City > Maharashtra (MH),Mumbai suburban > Maharashtra (MH),Thane > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesEducation > Early Childhood Learning,Education > Education Scholarships
ImpactEarly intervention strategies are known to produce very effective results for Children with Autism. Parents learn from teachers about continuing same strategies at home, thereby increasing efficiency of the program. Several international studies have proven that early intervention is very effective in young children with Autism.
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Sponsoring a part of the school fees for young children with Autism. 14
` 670750 of ` 1000000
Raised by 68 contributors.
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