For Immediate Release
September 20, 2016
Tomorrow’s Not Yesterday Launches Non-Profit Autism Foundation
Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta-based 501(c)3 non-profit Tomorrow’s Not Yesterday Foundation (TNY) today announced the official kickoff of their initiative to help children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dedicated to providing comprehensive support for both ASD children and their families, TNY’s mission is to provide early childhood testing and intervention including ongoing therapeutic and educational support services at an affordable cost.
Autism Spectrum Disorders are the most common developmental disabilities in the United States, affecting nearly 1 in 64 children. Children with ASD have communication differences ranging from severe in the case of non-verbal children to higher functioning verbal children who often show a lack of well-developed social communication skills. Nation-wide, every 11 minutes a child is born with ASD.
“Our mission is not only to help with early diagnosis and structured, full-spectrum therapies, but also to provide support for families struggling with ASD and to provide them with much needed supplemental therapeutic and financial support,” said Sam Dixon, founder and President of TNY, and the parent of a young son with ASD.
"Families coping with Autism need help in so many ways, and our foundation is dedicated to helping them access services they need but cannot afford.
“There are so many everyday challenges faced by families with a child diagnosed with ASD,” said Dixon, who knows first-hand how autism can dominate and sometimes overwhelm a family. “Unfortunately, schools cannot provide enough time with trained therapists to meet the needs of the child, and health insurance in Georgia has limited coverage for ASD.”
“This creates a number of gaps – from access to therapy to how to pay for these expensive services that can run into tens of thousands of dollars a year,” said Dixon. “These families need help in so many ways, and TNY is dedicated to helping them access services they need but cannot afford.”
TNY will offer an early intervention program focusing on the core areas affected by autism, including social skills, language and communication, imitation, play skills, daily living and motor skills. The TNY team will include Speech and Language therapists, Occupational and Physical therapists and Special Education teachers.” said Dixon, “And we plan to offer individualized therapies including floor and play therapies, art, music and interaction with mentors and pets, and we plan to work with cutting-edge researchers and the latest technologies and innovations available.”
“First comes the fundraising,” explained Dixon. “We have begun our first phase, reaching out to members of the larger ASD community, lining up donors and supporters and launching our awareness campaign.” Next year TNY plans to be fully operational, with full-time therapists on staff in a new facility, and on track to help hundreds of children and their families.
The TNY Foundation is an incorporated Georgia 501(c)3 non-profit. All donations are charitable and 100 percent tax deductible and every penny goes to delivering services for children with ASD and support for their families.