While there are many wonderful organizations that focus on autism and research into speech disorders, there are very few that focus on providing grants to children who desperately need consistent speech therapy or equipment. That’s what Orange Effect Foundation (OEF) does. Simply put, OEF makes sure children with speech disorders receive the speech therapy and technology equipment they need…especially when the children’s family doesn’t have the financial means.
How It Works
Every quarter, OEF receives grant applications from both providers and families. Applications are open to any and all families. The leadership team (see below) researches and reviews each case and delivers financial grants to those who need it most.
OEF, while officially formed in 2014, actually began back in 2001 when the founders’ son was born with autism. Early intervention has led him to be a very heartwarming and independent young man. This family wanted to give back, helping others who have children with autism to receive early intervention too! Early Intervention is proven to greatly increase a child’s chance for success.
In 2007, Golf for Autism was started, raising and donating over $100,000 directly to the Easter Seals of Northern Ohio, Autism and Speech Therapy Services over the years. After a few years, the team discovered the growing need for the grants OEF currently provides…and OEF was created to fulfill that need, focusing on helping to deliver consistent speech therapy services with reputable partners.
Special thanks to Dennis Laughlin, one of our original board members, for all his tireless support of the cause until his passing.