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Specialty license plate sales generated $106k for Fla. non-profits related to autism this year

Posted at 10:00 AM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 10:00:10-04

Funds generated annually by the Autism Specialty License Plate are collected and redistributed each year to select non-profit organizations throughout Florida that provide assistance and opportunities to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. This year, the Autism Services Grants Council awarded a total of $106,900 in grants to 21 Florida-based nonprofit organizations.

“We set out year after year to help fund service programs and non-profits that we believe are making strides in Florida’s autism community,” explains Council Chair, Dennis Haas. “It is wonderful to see these small investments as reminders on each vehicle of the inclusion of the autism community and the dedication to realizing their full potential through these various awarded programs.”

The Autism Services Grants Council is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019-2020 grants:

The Arc of the Glades, Inc.
The HEAL Foundation Inc.
Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center, DBA Sunset TRP Inc.
National Autism Registry
Autism Society of Greater Orlando
Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc.
The Autism Society of Florida
Artists With Autism Inc
Chipola Area Autism Resource Center, Inc.
Exceptional Fitness Foundation
Florida Disabled Outdoors Association
Reach Academy, Inc.
Sea Turtle Adventures Inc.
Special Needs Support Foundation, Inc.
The Friendship Initiative, Inc. d/b/a The Friendship Journey
Marion Therapeutic Riding Association
Inspire Equine Therapy Program
LARC, Inc.
Miami Children's Museum, Inc.
We Coach Foundation
Jacksonville School for Autism (JSA)

The Autism Specialty license plate is available through, as well as the Indian River Tax Collector offices. Supporters can also donate to autism services when renewing their automotive registration or purchasing replacement licenses through the use of the “check boxes” on the forms.

The Autism Services Grants Council was created by the Florida Legislature in 2009 to implement and oversee a grants process for the distribution of funds generated from the sales of the Florida Support Autism Programs Specialty License Plate.

The primary purpose of the Council is to fund service programs for grants to nonprofit organizations to operate direct services programs for individuals with autism and related disabilities in Florida including direct services, evaluation, training, and awareness. Consideration for participation in such services and programs must be given to applicants who are children or adults with autism and related disabilities and their families and shall include those who are on the Agency for Persons with Disabilities waiting lists for services.

The amount of funds available through the grant process will be dependent of the amount of revenue generated by sales of the Florida Support Autism Programs Specialty License Plate. The Autism Services Grants Council is administered by Arc Broward, Inc., an IRS exempt Section 501(c)(3), Florida nonprofit organization.

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