The mission of Grant a Gift Autism Foundation (GGAF) is to help children, young adults and their families master autism by providing assessment and treatment funding; combined with support services, vocational training and transition planning.
We provide family-centered care through one or more of our programs and services, and help prepare individuals with autism to live as independent adults with functioning roles in our community.
We act as a community safety net by filling in treatment and funding gaps not covered by state and federal resources or insurance. Our organization achieves this by collaborating with other organizations, state agencies, or providers to give children with Autism Spectrum Disorder growing up in Nevada a better quality of life and future as they transition into adults.
committed to families navigating autism
Grant a Gift Autism Foundation was founded in 2009 by a single mom who struggled to get answers and help for her son, Grant, when he showed signs of autism. Once she had the answers she needed and the autism diagnosis her question became “What now?” She built the therapeutic programs and family support systems that are delivered today. It is this legacy that continues to drive our commitment to meeting the needs of families and young people navigating autism.
As Grant a Gift Autism Foundation continued to grow, it became clear that a significant gap existed for families navigating autism—from recognizing the signs, to seeking diagnosis and securing appropriate treatment for their children. To meet this demand, GGAF took bold actions for families in Nevada:
2015 – Grant a Gift established a partnership with the UNLV School of Medicine to provide comprehensive care for children of all ages with autism.
2016 – Grant a Gift and the UNLV School of Medicine jointly opened the UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center (the Ackerman Center), combining cutting-edge care, vocational training, social support programs and education for families, all in one outpatient setting.
2017 and 2018 – Thousands of young people and their families accessed services at the Ackerman Center, and a wait list of 3,200 families accumulated.
2019 – The partnership was recognized regionally through the Nevada Medical Center Eric M. Hilton Healthcare Collaboration Prize.
the next ten years
Grant a Gift Autism Foundation’s unique partnership with the Ackerman Center allows the organization to provide a continuum of family-centered care to individuals with autism over their lifetime. We are proud of the progress we’ve made in such a short time but must accelerate our efforts to meet the growing demand from families in our community. To that end, we will significantly scale our efforts over the next decade by focusing on:
Early Intervention and Targeted Treatment
Awareness and Coordination
Supports to Thrive