IMPACT Autism is a nonprofit organization under the University of Florida's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). IMPACT Autism's activities consist of monthly meetings, service opportunities, and fundraisers for the annual Stomp the Swamp for Autism benefiting individuals with autism and their families through training and assistance.
Our student organization is dedicated to giving back to the autistic community, through quality volunteer opportunities. We seek to accomplish this mission through events, such as Kid's Day Out, MyFriends, and MyTeenFriends. There are over 500 students at the University of Florida who have made their impact through these special activities, and our membership continues to grow.
Making a Difference
VOLUNTEER WITH CHILDREN
Kids Day Out (KDO)
At our KDOs, we invite children of all abilities to come play at a local park. These events are a form of respite care, but they also give children the chance to play games and do arts and crafts in an inclusive environment.
SOCIAL SUPPORTS FOR YOUNG ADULTS WITH ASD
MyFriends Social Group
Our MyFriends Social Group is a program to help support adults with ASD. In this program, we plan activities, parties, and much more in efforts to provide support to adults with ASD. Our MyFriends group provides an encouraging atmosphere to help members in this group build confidence.
LEARN AND GROW
We hold monthly meetings at the University of Florida to help keep members up to date on upcoming volunteer opportunities as well as provide educational and thought provoking guest speakers. These speakers include professors, researchers, parents, etc.
FUNDRAISING FOR UF CARD
STOMP the SWAMP for Autism
Every year, we hold a fundraiser in the month of February called STOMP the SWAMP for Autism. This is a fitness event held at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium that directly benefits the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. This event includes live performances, a silent auction, and much more!
"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart."