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!

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In past partnership with our friends at 
Spring Forward for Autism:
Our "A Million Dreams Gala" was held Saturday, April 9th 
at the Hilton Rialto in Melbourne, FL!

We are so thankful to all supporters, vendors, volunteers, attendees and sponsors for helping to make this event a success!
This event benefited both Spring Forward for Autism and

The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development, as we worked together to raise awareness and provide free services for children and families touched by autism and special needs across Brevard County, FL.  Attendees enjoyed an exclusive VIP event, 

DJ, Dancing, Live Entertainment, Food and Cocktails, and silent and live auctions, centered around our "Greatest Showman" theme.

New this year: one lucky winner took home the contents of our Treasure Chest which was full of experiences and luxury goods valued at over $7500.00! With only 200 raffle tickets being sold - there's a great chance to win!


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. 

  • 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 prevalence statistics are growing
  • 1:44 children are now affected with Autism  


CURRENT Programs

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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!




​​FREE PROGRAMS in 2022 at

The Parker Foundation!

Our 2022 Programs are in Full Swing! 

This year's free programs include: Dance and Art Clinics, Adaptive Soccer at Melbourne Central Catholic HS. Adaptive Tennis at Cocoa Beach Racquet Club, Swim Socials, Swimming on the Spectrum program, Basketball Clinics and our 4th Annual #BeABuddy 5K Race and Family Health and Fitness Expo - October 22nd and much more!  Our "Be a Buddy" initiative focuses on kindness and inclusion, and educates about Bullying Prevention - we are a proud

"Champion Against Bullying" organization in partnership with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center!

Our fully funded programs are for school aged children with ASD's, related disabilities (or any special needs) and their siblings. Our adaptive sports events are centered around learning the basic skills and rules of the sports and playing fun, non-competitive games while socializing in an uplifting environment. Did you know...The Parker Foundation is one of the only certified USTA Adaptive Tennis Playday programs in the Nation?

Learn more about our free inclusive programs and how we partner with local individuals and organizations to bring education, sports, arts and fun to our families!

#BeABuddy 5K is a HIT!!!

Our 4th Annual #BeABuddy 5K Race and Family Health and Fitness Expo was held on Saturday October 23rd, 2021! 

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 which highlights Bullying Prevention initiatives and our Be a Buddy Volunteer program. Check out our mascot "BUDDY" who is featured on our race t-shirts and awards medals! 

For more information visit our race website - CLICK HERE - our 2022 Be a Buddy 5K registration is open NOW!

For vendor or sponsor inquiries please contact us and thank you!

Illuminate the Night Gala 2020



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!

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

Our Mission

The 5th Annual "Be a Buddy" 5K Race and

Family Health/Fitness Expo was held

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022, at The Field of Dreams in West Melbourne, FL!

Each year our community takes the pledge against bullying, signs our traveling "Unity Banner", visits with vendors, volunteers and sponsors, and enjoys dancing, music and fun activities together at our 5K Race and free kids run. THANK YOU to all involved for making this an unforgettable event each year to support kindness, inclusion and acceptance!