our vision

our founder

Erin Jester, Executive Director

"I feel fortunate to impact the lives of others, all while partnering with some of the most passionate and driven parents and professionals in the community. I'm passionate to give back to the children, as they teach me something new everyday about the world we live in."

HISTORY OF the foundation

  • May 31, 2014 - Our first fundraiser fueled the passion for the creation of our non-profit organization.
  • July 1, 2014 - Beyond Words Foundation for Autism was created as a 501(c)(3) organization.​
  • August 2014 - Fall scholarships were awarded to 7 families, totaling $1500, for services between September-December. ​
  • December 2014 - Winter/Spring scholarships were awarded to 10 families, totaling $6100, for services between January-May.
  • May 2015 - Summer scholarships were awarded to 34 families, totaling $10,108, for services between June-August.
  • August 2015 - Fall scholarships were awarded to 12 families, totaling $2,029, for services between September-December.
  • December 2015 - Winter/Spring scholarships were awarded to 10 families, totaling $2,100, for services between January-May.
  • February 2016 - The Foundation's Board Members decided to focus the fundraising efforts in the Northeast Ohio region; therefore determining that the scholarships awarded should also focus on families in Cuyahoga, Summit and Medina counties.
  • May 2016 - Summer scholarships were awarded to 14 families, totaling $3,672, for services between June-August.​​
  • September 2016 - The Foundation decided to focus awarding scholarships for the services in the summer due to the increased need for funding for families, as well as increase in summer services available.
  • May 2017 - Summer scholarships were awarded to 7 families, totaling $2,900, for services between June-August.​​
  • May 2018 - Summer scholarships were awarded to 2 families, totaling $850, for services between June-August.​​

Currently, Beyond Words Foundation for Autism strives to revive the fundraising program in order to build up more community outreach and scholarships. We are in need of three new board members with grant writing and fundraising experience with a passion for children with autism. Contact Erin Jester if you are interested in being a part of our team!