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Who we are...

We're raising Awareness, Acceptance and making Amazing Memories with families!

That’s our mission here at The Autism Nation, and it’s at the heart of what we do. Founded by families with special needs for families with special needs. Our volunteer-based staff hosts truly magical, family-friendly events that are safe, welcoming, fun; and most of all, memory-making for everyone touched by special needs. Because in the end, what’s more important than that?

How is our non-profit different?

Thanks to the ongoing efforts of non-profits who have come before us, autism is more widely recognized and researched than ever before.  But there’s more that can be done when it comes to a feeling of true acceptance and social inclusivity.  We recognized the need for events where all families can feel safe and supported, so they can make memories and have FUN together too... that’s how The Autism Nation, was born! 

 

With the help of our big-hearted sponsors, we are able to create welcoming spaces where  magical family memories can be made.  Our events are a “judge-free zone” and open to everyone.  Whether you have special needs or love someone with special needs, we want everyone to feel seen, included, and accepted.  Everyone deserves to have fun!

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* This event is free, but space is limited! Please reserve a ticket for EACH person attending.  Registration opens Monday, May 16th!

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Each family will get their own scheduled time to meet with a horse face-to-face, where you’ll learn a little bit about horses, and even get a chance to brush and feed one! The child will also have an opportunity to ride around the pen on the back of the horse a few times. We will have staff to help assist and support the horse and riders. There will be helmets available, but you are welcome to bring your child’s helmet from home.  A photographer will be there to help capture the moment!

* This event is free, but space is limited! Only ONE ticket is needed per family.  Register soon!

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Hey, you better not pout...
'cause Santa's coming to town!

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Friday, Dec. 17th    |    5 - 9 PM

Join us for a magical evening of letters to Santa, a train ride with Christmas character sitings and treats, a photo op with Santa, hot chocolate/coffee + cookies, and more!

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YAY! It's that time again!
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November 21st, 2021

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Thank You "Fall on The Spectrum" 2021 Sponsors!

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Our Past Magic

Check out the pictures to see why we do what we do… it’s all for these smiles.

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Summer Splash Bash Logo in Color

Thanks for coming out to Chaparral Park for a day of classic picnic fun and an EPIC water balloon battle!

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Spring Fest at Funtasticks in Tucson

We had an incredible time at Funtasticks Family Fun Park in Tucson over Easter Weekend!

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Horsin'Around Event Logo

One of our therapists helped to coordinate an event for special needs families to spend some time with a horse!

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Ink'd for Autism 2021 - Color Logo

$25 TATTOOS for World Autism Awareness Day 2021! This incredible promotion raised awareness and much needed acceptance for those on the Autism Spectrum journey.

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Quick Quack Car Wash Giving Back

We partnered with Quick Quack Car Wash to raise funds for a local special needs family who lost their home on Christmas Eve.

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Santa's Station Event Logo

Our cast of colorful holiday characters made the season shine a little brighter for families.

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Fall on The Spectrum Event Logo

This is where it all started, FoTS 2020.

Our first ever FREE Fall event for special needs families! We had games, prizes, dinosaurs, superheroes, a hot air balloon, you name it...