~ The AFT’s Golf Tournament Returns for a 6th Year ~

Register online or by mail. Find out how here!

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 Santa comes to The Autism Foundation of Tennessee 


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The Autism Foundation of  Tennessee (AFT) would like to thank Santa and Mrs. Claus for spreading  some  Christmas magic to children with special needs. On Saturday, December 14th we welcomed several families at our Holt Rd. location in Nashville. The children made crafts for their loved ones, and received autism awareness bracelets courtesy of  E&L  Paracord.  Each child had a special visit with our Clauses in a quiet setting as they told Santa what they wanted. Photographer Donnie Moore took some beautiful pictures and captured the moment  for the families.  Thank you to all that came, and to  those that made this event possible. It  truly was  a magical day!


~ The Autism Foundation of Tennessee (AFT) teams up with United Way ~


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December 2, 2013:  We are excited to announce that the Autism Foundation of Tennessee (AFT) has been approved by the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville! Effective immediately, the AFT is eligible for designations through the United Way Campaign. Please remember the AFT when signing up for your annual United Way commitment!



~ The AFT Thanks Jeff O’Neill ~


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December 2, 2013:  We are incredibly pleased to announce that we received a check today on behalf of Jeff O’Neill and Jeff O’Neill Racing! Thanks to Jeff’s tireless efforts, over $2,500 was raised in support of the AFT.   What a ride! On behalf of the children of the AFT we Thank You, Mr. O’Neill!


~ The Autism Foundation of Tennessee (AFT) receives Walmart Grant ~





December 2, 2013:   The AFT is proud to announce receipt of a $500 grant from Walmart’s Local Giving campaign! Because of Walmart’s generosity, the AFT will be able to purchase many necessary therapy supplies. Thank you Walmart for partnering with the Autism Foundation and supporting the kids.



~ The Autism Foundation of Tennessee (AFT) begins new partnership with The Daymar Institute ~


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November 13, 2013:  The AFT would like to extend a very special Thank You to Stephanie Anderson and her friends at The Daymar Institute. Thanks to their recent efforts, they raised $1,250 for the AFT! It’s been a delight getting to know these fine folks, and it would appear the respect and admiration is mutual. The AFT and Daymar are already planning future fundraising events. Thank you, Stephanie for your hard work. On behalf of our families, we thank you so much for your generous donation!


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This is Stephanie pictured above with her two sons Jude and Cash as well as our director Rhonda.  Stephanie is working hard to raise awareness and funds for the AFT.  This is a personal battle for her as a mother. Jude is on the spectrum with Asperger’s Syndrome.  We commend her  for being  an advocate for him and  for the other children of the AFT.




Great Food and Great Cause

Next Tuesday, October 22,  Chili’s of Brentwood is supporting the Autism Foundation of Tennessee by donating 10% of their sales to us. There’s never been a better reason to eat at a great restaurant! Go support your favorite organization and make sure you take a copy of the flyer with you so we get the proceeds. Thanks for your support!



Jeff O’Neill Racing to Partner with the Autism Foundation of  Tennessee

Austin, Texas (September 13, 2013) – Jeff O’Neill Racing announced today that it will be partnering with the Autism Foundation of Tennessee (AFT) to help raise awareness of the organization within the stock car racing community and seek donations to support this worthy organization.

Jeff O’Neill, a well-known competitor in the Pro Late Model division at historic Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, will be carrying the Autism Foundation of Tennessee decal on his sleek, low-slung stock car for the final two races of the 2013 season – October 5, and November 2, 2013, and hopes to raise some funds for the Foundation as well.

“I am humbled and honored to be able to help such a great organization and the great group of folks at the Autism Foundation of Tennessee. What they do to help the kids and their families is simply amazing. Without the help of this organization a lot of families would not be able to obtain the support and assistance they desperately need. It has been a pleasure working with PJ and Karen and everyone at the Autism Foundation of Tennessee to make this happen,” an enthusiastic O’Neill said.

“The team’s goal is to raise $5,000 between now and November 3, and to help reach that goal I will be donating my winnings from the October 5 event,” O’Neill said. “And we have set up a website where folks can make a donation as well. To donate go to or visit the Jeff O’Neill Racing page on Facebook at On Monday, November 4, we will be announcing the total amount raised, so stay tuned!”

“We’re certain that displaying the decal on my car will draw attention to the Foundation,” O’Neill continued. “Hopefully, folks will come up and ask about the AFT sticker and perhaps get involved with the Foundation themselves.”

O’Neill is currently locked in a tight battle for the Rookie of the Year award in the Pro Late Model division and is only 14 points out of the top 10 in the championship point standings.

 AFT  founder Karen Blake is, of course, delighted that Jeff has taken such an interest in her organization.

“When Jeff approached us about wanting to do this we were absolutely thrilled! It’s exactly this kind of generosity that has made our Foundation what it is today,” Blake said. “We’re always looking for new ways to make people aware of autism. It’s a serious problem and the number of people impacted by autism is growing rapidly with numbers reaching epidemic proportions.

“With the winnings from Jeff’s race and the money raised at Jeff’s donation site we’ll be able to provide even more services for uninsured children,” Blake explained. “The lack of insurance is something that many families struggle with and a big part of the reason my husband Steve and I started the Foundation in 2006. We have several new programs we’ve been hoping to start as well, and thanks to our partnership with Jeff O’Neil Racing, some of those dreams might become a reality. We simply can’t thank him enough!”

For more information about Jeff O’Neill Racing, visit his website at

Thank You for a Successful Family Fun Event

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A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors   Thank you to everyone who supported our corn hole tournament fundraiser.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®\Brentwood-Franklin not only was one of the sponsors of the event, but they were also enthusiastic participants. Also sponsoring the tournament were Golfsmith Brentwood, Skin Solutions Dermatology, Kemp Dental, Granite City, Cool Springs – Drury Hotels – Cool Springs, Jump Sky High, Dave Ramsey, and Music City Corn...

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AFT Receives RITE AID Grant

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Autism Foundation of Tennessee Receives Rite Aid Foundation Grant   Gayle Rife, Manager of the Rite Aid Foundation, has announced an $11,960 grant to the Autism Foundation of Tennessee.  The grant will be used to offset the cost of occupational therapy services to eligible, under/uninsured children who are in need of OT services. Families interested in more information about qualifying for inclusion in the program can contact Rhonda Manous, executive director of the Autism Foundation of Tennessee. The Rite Aid Foundation, founded in July...

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Autism Foundation of Tennessee Launches New WordPress Website

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Autism Foundation of Tennessee and Corporate Design teamed up to launch a new website for Autism Foundation of Tennessee. The website features the WordPress CMS which allows AFT staff to easily update the website.

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Kroger Gift Card Program

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Do you shop at Kroger, Ralph’s, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less or any other Kroger affiliate stores? If the answer is YES, then you can help the Autism Foundation of Tennessee (AFT) fulfill our commitment to offer therapies and support services to children with an autism spectrum disorder and other developmental and intellectual disabilities in Middle Tennessee. Shopping at Kroger and their affiliate stores and gas stations earns the AFT 4% of every dollar you spend on gas, groceries and prescriptions. To help you get started, the AFT has...

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