I can’t express how much your support meant to our son, now age 10, and to our family. Through your Foundation’s support, he was able to gain self-confidence and improve his large motor skills as he learned to swim and perform karate. Thank you for giving him the opportunity to experience what typical kids experience and feel a sense of accomplishment and boosted self-esteem.
While other grant programs focus on traditional therapies or picking up where health insurance leaves off, the Beyond Words Foundation for Autism understands that there is more to each child than a diagnosis. Its mission acknowledges the hardship and burden of an autistic child’s needs on a family but helps in a unique way to serve the entire child and give them opportunities to put the needs of the child first, not the diagnosis and to enjoy activities and exposure to alternative outlets for developing their sense of self and identity.
Thank you for the 2014-2015 Scholarship. We used the money for our son for his adaptive swim lessons. He loves swimming and is now a great swimmer and I can feel safe when he’s in the water. We really appreciate the scholarship to help pay for some of his lessons.
In 2015-16, our daughter received $420 to help offset the expenses of therapeutic horseback riding through Pegasus Farms in Hartville, Ohio. This funding was vital to our family at the time, allowing her to participate in an activity that would strengthen her physically and emotionally, as well as giving her a sense of accomplishment. Grace still participates in riding at Pegasus today.
When we first received the funding in the fall of 2015, we had only had a diagnosis for a couple of months. Our daughter has a rare chromosomal deletion, resulting in autism like symptoms, hypotonia, epilepsy, and intellectual impairment. It was a difficult time and we, as parents, were grieving. Our money was going to cover medical bills and testing, therapies, and braces for her ankles. She is our fourth child, and because of the rarity of her diagnosis, many therapies and activities placed a financial burden on our family as insurance did not cover them because autism was not the official diagnosis. Beyond Words allowed us to enroll her in Pegasus, knowing some supplemental funding would help us to make it possible financially.
We recognize that there was a period of reorganization that took place (within the Foundation) and our funding was not able to continue as we live in Stark County. But we are grateful for the help that we received from Beyond Words Foundation for Autism in the past and we hope that this organization is able to secure funding to continue on long into the future. Donors can truly make a difference to families like ours who want their special child to live life as fully as possible.
My daughter was the lucky recipient of funding from the Beyond Words Foundation for Autism Scholarship Program. She is a sweet 5 year old girl who has always had a love for music. When faced with her autism diagnosis, our family was overwhelmed by the high cost of services that were necessary to help her. We would not have been able to afford music therapy and summer music and social skills group for her without the support of this scholarship. Communicating with others can be difficult for my daughter at times, but with music as a common language she can come out of her shell in group environments. She continues to thrive and grow, her language and social skills building more every day. We are so grateful for the generosity of this scholarship fund, and know that my daughter would not be where she is now without this help.
David & Jill, Parents
Our daughter has been receiving adaptive dance lessons at Beyond Words since 2014. This has truly been a special experience for her. She loves music, so these classes are really fun and motivating for her. She definitely looks forward to them. Beyond Words has offered her a program that has allowed her to learn dance steps at her own pace and skill level. She has been blessed to have been able to work with both Erin and Emily. Our daughter has absolutely loved working with both of them, as they are both very gifted teachers. We have seen vast improvement in her abilities since she first began taking classes. She has improved her body awareness, balance, strength, and coordination. Dance has helped her with her understanding of positional concepts such as right and left and front and behind.
We were very grateful to receive a scholarship from the Beyond Words Foundation. We are parents to two children with Autism, including our daughter. The financial demands that our family has faced have been great in order to provide the therapies and education that our children require. Unfortunately, she could not have continued in this dance program without this very important funding. We so appreciate that she was able to continue to do something that she loves while addressing some of her developmental needs. This is a quality program that is close to home. All in all, this has been a very positive experience. We are so glad to have found Beyond Words for our daughter.
My son received $400 from the Beyond Words Foundation Autism Scholarship Program in the summer of 2015. He used this scholarship to do therapeutic horseback riding through Sunshine Communities. He LOVED every minute of it! He especially loved the horse he rode which was named Blue! He enjoyed the guided walks around the horse barn, tacking his horse and especially giving Blue treats for a job well done at the end of his session! Not only did he learn how to ride a horse but he learned an appreciation for all animals, large and small, through this program. He met bunnies, goats, alpacas, pigs and cats at the barn, too. This opportunity was ONLY made possible by a scholarship from the Beyond Words Foundation. Our family thanks you very much for this experience.
Beyond Words helped my family when we were lost. We were given an initial diagnosis when we anticipated something else and it sent us into a tail spin. The scholarship enabled us to get programming for our son where he could be himself, do something he enjoyed and not be looked upon as the weird kid. It was the first time, in a long time, where we didn’t dread going somewhere lest we bother others or catch unwanted stares.
Our son has progressed nicely over the past few years. He likes an eclectic array of music, is gifted in both reading and math, and has become a solid wrestler- recently acquiring All-American status at a national wrestling tournament. His diagnosis hit us like a ton of bricks and felt like a death sentence. He is still socially awkward and doesn’t have many friends, but he is a good boy, with a good heart who likes to please and work hard. Beyond Words may have helped us as parents, more than it helped our son. For that, we will always be appreciative.
My son received funds from the Beyond Words Foundation for Autism. He enjoys adaptive aquatic therapy with Rec2Connect. This helps him learn to swim as well safety techniques for summer long fun. See how relaxed he is? It is programs like the Beyond Words Foundation for Autism that help parents facilitate the growth and development of their special needs children. I am grateful for this program.
Receiving the scholarship from the Beyond Words Foundation meant so much to our family. There are many incremental costs that are required when raising a special needs child, and having this extra help from the scholarship was so much appreciated!
Beyond Words created a magical place for our daughter; one where she could go to and feel nothing but pure joy and happiness. They incorporated our daughter's physical therapy goals into her dance routines so each and every session was one that benefited our daughter's body. However, they did so much more. They helped create genuine friendships for our daughter that otherwise she wouldn't have made. They helped build our daughter's self esteem and confidence. Beyond Words gave our daughter a place where she could shine and as a result, she felt no limitations. Thank you so much to this wonderful organization for helping so many families like ours. Thank you for giving our daughter the opportunity that you did. We will forever be grateful.
Our family was so grateful to receive a scholarship from Beyond Words Foundation to assist with aquatic therapy for our son. We wanted him to understand the importance of water safety and eventually learn how to swim. We had tried traditional swimming lessons in the past, but he needed more individual attention and an experienced therapist to keep him focused.
Children on the autism spectrum need a lot of therapies that are not covered by insurance, so it was helpful to receive some financial assistance as we were also paying for speech and occupational therapy at the time. Our son quickly made progress in his aquatic therapy sessions and learned how to swim independently. He is now able to enjoy spending times at beaches and pools and we feel confident knowing that he is a proficient swimmer. The Beyond Words Foundation really helped make that possible with the scholarship they provided.