Sacramento Autistic Spectrum and Special Needs Alliance

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Address: Sacramento, California
Phone Number: 916-877-5220
Fax Number: 267-381-4889

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Executive Director: Dave Gaines
President: Dave Gaines
Service Description: We are Northern California's premier nonprofit organization providing comprehensive social services to nurture and protect autistic and other mentally-diverse youth, and their families.
Mission Statement:

We exist to make sure that every mentally-diverse child is nurtured and protected toward a life of self-defined happiness and health. Toward this goal, we provide comprehensive assistance to youth and their families so that every aspect of the young person's development is cared for.

Membership Fee: None
Area Served: Greater Sacramento region
Services Offered:
Case management
Advocacy
Social and recreational events
Informational, educational, and support events
Resource assistance
E-mail discussion list
Grupo hispano (Spanish group)
Other help
History:

The Sacramento Autistic Spectrum and Special Needs Alliance (SASSNA) was established by behavior analyst and disability advocate Dave Gaines in 2011. Dave is on the autistic spectrum and has obsessive-compulsive disorder. SASSNA's original board of directors consisted of Dave, two parents of mentally-diverse children, an autistic adult, and an adult with Fragile X. This group, with Dave as CEO, built SASSNA into an operating nonprofit corporation. Hard work and grassroots fundraising allowed for a small budget, and for SASSNA to complete its legal and structural framework. SASSNA also began providing limited services. Everyone involved with SASSNA was still a volunteer at this point.

2013 was an intensive year for SASSNA. The organization expanded its activities to include more significant fundraising efforts, service delivery and community outreach. The first employee was hired - Dave Gaines. And the board of directors changed significantly.

SASSNA, with still only a tiny budget, is now very busy providing services and trying to grow.

Slogan: We are Northern California's premier nonprofit organization providing comprehensive social services to nurture and protect autistic and other mentally-diverse youth, and their families.

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