Spotlight: AJ Foundation For Children With Autism

The AJ Foundation For Children With Autism (AJF) is a local non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families.

AJF formed in 1997 as a family’s personal journey to help their son who, diagnosed with autism at two-years-old, was lacking the resources needed to provide him the opportunities every child deserves.

Since then, AJF has developed into a highly respected organization serving as a resource to many families and bringing awareness to the autism community.

Proceeds from AJF’s efforts go directly towards supporting the Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), one of Pennsylvania’s first specialized private schools for children with autism, opened by AJF in 2000.

At CLC, students between the ages of three and 21 years attend a full day of specifically tailored programming to meet his or her needs across all areas of skill development and daily life, with an emphasis on language and social skills, academics, self-sufficiency, and community participation.

Pre-vocational and vocational training is provided through CLC’s Adult Life Skills Program, so services may continue past the age of 21 years.

CLC utilizes the scientifically validated procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis to prepare students to be as independent and socially adept as possible so they may be active, contributing members in their families and communities.

The success of CLC’s program is made possible by The AJ Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

AJF’s goal is to provide CLC with the funds needed to meet the growing needs within the autism community.

Since 1997, AJF has served as a beacon of hope for many families in the Greater Philadelphia area.

With the tools provided by CLC, and the awareness promoted through The AJ Foundation, both foundations work towards creating equal opportunities of health care, socialization and employment for the individuals served.

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PHOTO CAP: Riders come through the finish line at The AJ Foundation’s 16th Annual Ride 4 Autism this past September, raising $119,500 for Comprehensive Learning Center, a private school for individuals with autism located in Warminster!

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