At the Carlos Vieira Foundation, we strive to help those in our community who are affected by autism spectrum disorders. We accomplish this through fundraising, donating to local organizations, raising awareness, hosting community support events, and awarding grants to provide access to necessary resources to aid in development.
Our Direct-Help Grant Program is offered to provide up to $500 of services, medical necessities, and educational tools to families affected by autism within Central California. Families must complete the application, provide all required supporting documentation, and the child must meet the three following requirements to be considered eligible:
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a complex set of neurological disorders
that are present from early childhood and can cause significant social,
communication and behavioral challenges. This condition is characterized by
difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in
using language and abstract concepts.
Signs of autism are often present before the age of three. Possible signs that a child may have autism include, but are not limited to, the following:
If you think your child might have ASD or you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, speaks, or acts, contact your child’s doctor, and share your concerns. If you or the doctor is still concerned, ask the doctor for a referral to a specialist who can do a more in-depth evaluation of your child. Specialists who can do a more in-depth evaluation and make a diagnosis include: Developmental Pediatricians, Child Neurologists, and Child Psychologists or Psychiatrists.
Although there is no known cure for autism, early intervention and treatment has shown to be extremely beneficial to aiding children with autism. Scientists agree that the earlier a child receives early intervention services, the better the child’s prognosis. Some services can include therapy to help the child talk, walk, and interact with others.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
We are always looking for amazing people to join our organization and volunteer their time. From events all over to simple fundraisers, we always have a need for more volunteers.