The Parker Foundation partnered with the Brevard Zoo during their 2016 Safari Under the Stars event, sponsoring the "Breakfast Meet and Greet" with Dr. Temple Grandin!   200 invitees representing parents, educators and community support personnel directly impacting the Autism community in Brevard County met in the Nyami Nyami Lodge to hear Temple's message.  Goody bags complete with copies of Temple's new book The Autistic Brain were donated to attendees which were signed by Temple on site for a personal touch not soon to be forgotten. Parker Foundation founders, Ted and Melissa Parker, shared their story and their mission for the foundation, and presented Dr. Grandin with a special gift made in part by the children enrolled in their Speak Through Arts program.   For more information on our programs, please contact usand be sure to  add your information to our email list for program updates and registration details!  

Our mission is to use education, sports and the arts as avenues to enrich the lives of and bridge the gap between children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, related disabilities, their families and the community in which we live. 

We are currently in need of local businesses, organizations and individuals that would be interested in partnering with The Parker Foundation to implement our very exciting Speak Through Education, Speak Through Sports and Speak Through Arts programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.  Contact us now to find out how!

  • Team-building opportunities
  • Community education sessions
  • Speak Through Arts
  • Social activities and fun!
  • Autism prevalence statistics are growing
  • 1:59 children are now affected with Autism  


​​FREE PROGRAMS in 2019 at The Parker Foundation!

What an amazing year we've had!  Early in the year, we held Soccer Clinics at MCC High School as well as our Super Super Skate for Super Kids social event and pizza party at Galaxy Skateway. In Spring we continued our Tball/Baseball through the Challenger League through the Greater West Melbourne Little League. Over the Summer, we've had adaptive tennis clinics at Fee Avenue courts, a Swim Social and continued our Swimming on the Spectrum program at Fee Avenue Pool. This Fall will be been spent with another Super Skate event at Galaxy Skateway, Basketball Clinics and our #BeABuddy 5K Race and Family Health and Fitness Expo - at Space Coast Field of Dreams!

Our fully funded programs are for kids ranging in age from 4 to 14 years old with ASD's, related disabilities (or any special needs) and their siblings; we are learning the basic skills and rules of the sports and playing fun, non-competitive games. Did you know...The Parker Foundation is one of the only certified USTA Adaptive Tennis Payday programs in the Nation?

Last year, we introduced two NEW sports to our families...Lacrosse and Volleyball - thanks to the Westshore Girls Lacrosse and Volleyball Teams! 

Learn more about our free inclusive programs and how we partner with local organizations to bring sports and fun to our youngsters!

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Our dream is to come together as a community to support children with Autism and related disabilities; help us make it reality

The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development was founded to provide a community of understanding and support to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities and their families. 

How do we do this?  By funding, planning and facilitating educational sessions, sports, and arts programs.  Contact us to join in the fun!





  • Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • On average, Autism costs a family nearly $60,000 per year between medical costs and intensive behavioral interventions

  • Autism is 4 times more common in boys than in girls

Hope in Action

  • Speak Through Education
  • Speak Through Sports
  • Resource and event listings


to our sponsors and supporters for helping us bring FULLY FUNDED programs to our families!


For more information on upcoming events, please contact us to be added to our email list for updates and registration information. Also follow us on Facebook and Instagram @theparkerfoundationforautism for up to the minute information and updates!

Register HERE for our #BeABuddy 5K Race 

November 9th, 2019 at 9am 

Space Coast Field of Dreams


#BeABuddy 5K Race and Family Health and Fitness Expo registrations are LIVE!!!

Thank you to all of our past and present sponsors, vendors, race participants and partner organizations that have helped us to grow this community event that highlights Bullying Prevention initiatives and our Be a Buddy Volunteer program!  Check out our new mascot "BUDDY" who will be featured on our race t-shirts and finisher/winner medals! Many surprises planned for this year's event to be help 11/09/2010 at 9am at Space Coast Field of Dreams!  For vendor or sponsor inquiries please contact us and thank you!

Register Here