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!

  • 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
  • Autism prevalence statistics are growing
  • 1:59 children are now affected with Autism  


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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!






Big Announcement!!!

In partnership with our friends at 
Spring Forward for Autism:
Our Illuminate the Night Gala 2021
"La fete en Rouge"
was held Saturday, April 17th 
at the Hilton Rialto in Melbourne, FL both in person and virtually! We are so thankful to all supporters, vendors, volunteers, attendees and sponsors for helping to make this 2021 event a success! 
This Gala benefitted both Spring Forward for Autism and

The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development, and was a THANK YOU and celebration for your support as we all work together to provide total family needs for families touched by autism all across Brevard County!

DJ, Dancing, Live Entertainment, Food and Cocktails, a Mask Contest, and silent auction were included; 

Click here for more information; and we hope to see you in April 2022 for our next Gala event! 


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

​​FREE PROGRAMS in 2021 at

The Parker Foundation!

Our 2021 Programs are in Full Swing! 

This year's free programs include: Art Clinics, T-ball/Baseball through the Challenger League of Greater West Melbourne Little League, Tennis, Swim Socials, Swimming on the Spectrum program at Fee Avenue Pool, Basketball Clinics and our 4th Annual #BeABuddy 5K Race and Family Health and Fitness Expo - October 23 at Gleason Park in IHB 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; we are learning the basic skills and rules of the sports and playing fun, non-competitive games in addition to educational programs and social events. Did you know...The Parker Foundation is one of the only certified USTA Adaptive Tennis Payday 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!

Our Mission

The 4th Annual "Be a Buddy" 5K Race and Family Health/Fitness Expo was held Saturday, October 23rd 2021 at Gleason Park in IHB FL!

Our community took the pledge against bullying, signed our new traveling "Unity Banner" visited with vendors, volunteers and sponsors, enjoyed dancing, music and fun activities as well as great weather for our 5K Race. THANK YOU to all involved for making this an unforgettable event to support kindness, inclusion and acceptance!


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!


Illuminate the Night Gala 2020

Big Announcement!!!

The Parker Foundation is partnering with Revolution Technologies to Feed the Families for Thanksgiving this year!

#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 and stay tuned for our 2022 Be a Buddy 5K registration to open soon!

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