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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!

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THANK YOU

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

NOVEMBER 2018

  • Adaptive Basketball Clinics at Space Coast Field of Dreams 


DECEMBER 2018 

  • Holiday Dance Party, Social and Pictures with Santa at Fitness on Fifth in Indialantic, FL - Time and Date TBA

Fall/Winter 2018 Events 

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SPEAK THROUGH EDUCATION


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 is 4 times more common in boys than in girls
  • 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

Hope in Action

  • Speak Through Education
  • Speak Through Sports
  • Resource and event listings
  • Autism prevalence statistics are growing
  • 1:59 children are now affected with Autism  

STATISTICS

​​SPEAK THROUGH SPORTS

 

What an amazing year we've had in sports!  In January we held Soccer Clinics at MCC High School. In Spring we continued our Tball/Baseball through the Challenger League through the Greater West Melbourne Little League. Over the Summer, we had adaptive tennis clinics at Fee Avenue courts, and Fall has been spent with Tennis at Suntree Country Club and Basketball 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?


In 2018, we have introduced two NEW sports to our families...Lacrosse and Volleyball - thanks to the Westshore Girls Lacrosse and Volleyball Teams! 


Learn more about our Speak Through Sports program and how we partner with local organizations to bring sports and fun to our youngsters!


Our Mission