Pathways Autism Cure & Treatment Inc
8500 Vamo Road
Grace Church
Sarasota FL 34231
To bring public awareness in the community and expand our organization which will allow a lifetime of sustainability, fulfillment and purpose for young adults affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Judith Schwanz
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
Autism Family Center Of Florida
Autism Bakers for Barkers
Supported Organization na
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2012
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
  1. We have brought public awareness in the community.
  2. We began our pilot program Autism Bakers for Barkers at Grace Church in Sarasota, FL in June of 2017. 
  3. We have been invited to speak about Autism Awareness and our program at; Local Lion's Clubs, VFW, and have set up an educational booth at Canine Christmas, and Mixon's Fruit Farms at their Business Expo.
Top goals for the coming year:
  1. We are looking to expand into Manatee County, and expand our bakers by 10 more before July 2018.      
  2. Expand our promotional efforts of Autism Awareness to local businesses.
  3. Have fundraisers so we can buy a machine that will be easier to use and faster than rolling the dough out by hand for our dog treats.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding for "sheeter" to roll out dough for dog biscuits $4,000
  2. Funding for Autism Awareness $2,500
  3. We are looking to hire a staff member this year to oversee operations full time. $24,000/yr.
  4. Volunteers with baking, cooking, Autism experience, and connections to the Autism community.
Background Statement

Pathways Autism Cure & Treatment Inc and Autism Family Center Of Florida are completely dedicated to helping people on the Autism Spectrum.

The founder Judy Schwanz has two sons with Autism. One son  has profound Autism and does not speak, her other son has Aspergers.  He works full time, owns his own home and he is the inspiration behind Autism Bakers for Barkers. Judy's oldest son Phil ( successful businessman) has assisted in establishing the organizational building blocks. This concept has been in the works for about 20 years in Judy's heart. This past year the opportunity / inspiration presented itself to create this non-profit to help young Autistic adults become gainfully employed. 
Carolyn Long was an executive with a successful dog food company. Carolyn and Judy are volunteer instructors for the Sarasota location. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Employment
Tertiary Org Type Employment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

This organization is unique because it will be for Autistic young people in our local community. We want to establish a true partnership of parents and professionals within the community to create and operate high quality programs.

A place where families can bring their young Autistic adults for fun & education. Without fear if their child has a meltdown, we are all experienced in this field.  We will have a sensory room available where a young adult can have a timeout with a professional. The autistic baker can rejoin the activity after the sensory break.
We cannot depend on the support of the state or federal government. Private funding gives us the opportunity to expand our programs into multiple communities.
 The success stories would be that the autistic clients would be able to find work in the community. 
- Ms. Alyce Hahn Board Co-Chair 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Our main concerns are teenagers graduating from high school and adults with Autism who are having trouble finding meaningful jobs in our communities. 

We have started our Autism Bakers for Barkers Program at 8500 Vamo Road in Sarasota, Florida. We currently have 10 young adults in our program with a long waiting list of young people wanting to work in our program. We have to create opportunities for autistic people to learn and grow. These solutions are critical to the well being of our autistic children and adults.
-Mrs. Judy Schwanz  
This is a faith-based program, which provides a safe and nurturing learning environment for young adults with Autism. Through job training, social interactions, baking and product creation, we explore the interests, abilities and hidden talents of each student and help them build their skills and confidence.
There is a tremendous need for good quality programs for young adults with autism. Our plan is to get as many people as possible out into the community in a supported employment position. Even with an advocate, it is very difficult for employers to consider hiring Autistic people. Those with Autism do not fit into a typical job description.  
There is an intake process for students which begins with a family meeting where information about the applicant will be gathered. Students must be literate and cannot exhibit aggressive behavior that would put others at risk. Classes are from 10:30 - 12:30. Students are trained in all aspects from baking, to packaging, to selling and promoting their product. This is a true entrepreneurial program. 
Budget $3,000
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short Term Success

The young people in the program gain confidence and the opportunity for social interaction and connection.

Long Term Success

Having 80% graduate from our program and move on to our Artisan Autism Bakery and Catering Service, while others will remain and teach new incoming future bakers.

Program Success Monitoring

Success is reflected by the number of graduates from the program along with how each student learns to use their skills and abilities to interact with others and pursue a career path.

Program Success Examples
We are creating awareness in the community that breaks the stigma of insignificance and isolation. Socially this helps the students as many of them have a limited capacity for learning yet have untapped skills and abilities, such as photographic memories, etc.
Students tell us they either want to stay and help others to learn the dog biscuit business or want to go on to our next program Artisan Autism Bakery and Catering Business.
Program Comments by Organization

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 10
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Florida Dog Guides FTD Inc. - We consult with them often on Autism Education.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Sponsorship AwardVeterans of Foreign Wars2017
Sponsorship AwardBradenton Golden Paw Lions Club2015
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

Challenges: No organization exists in a static environment. Things will always be changing, economic trends, social changes and the demand for new services and offerings. Autism Family Center Of Florida will be implementing new ideas and therapy to help people on the Autism Spectrum, on a yearly basis.

Opportunities: Even as advances in new technology in early intervention and more help with adults with Autism, there will always be challenges. We will be implementing new programs and services, along with new opportunities. Communities will generate new expectations from our Autism Family Center Of Florida. Our strategic plan will need to be updated and reshaped every two years.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Judith Schwanz
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Phillip Coates Hamilton Phillips Group
Brandy Decker Florida Dog Guides for the Deaf
Jack Flanagan CPA(Flanagan and Jason Inc.
Alyce Hahn retired
Professor Dee Hood Rigling School Of Art And Design&Advisory Board: video and perspective
Carolynne Long retired
Judith (Judy) Anne Schwanz retired
Philip Dean Schwanz retired
Dr. Thomas Scott Jr retired
M.D. Stevens The Mikey Center
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Governance Comments by Organization

Since we are a new 501(c)3 non-profit we are experiencing quite a few challenges.

We have added two new board members. We are reaching out to parents of autistic people and professionals in the autism field to become board members.

We have raised some money for our building fund ; but have not reached our goal. Once we have a building we will be able to apply for local and state grants. 
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $40,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$0$571$0
Administration Expense$105$0$480
Fundraising Expense$0$0$4,000
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.901.411.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%100%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%75%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$984$1,079$845
Current Assets$984$1,079$845
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$984$1,079$845
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $200Fundraising $577Fundraising $5,125
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Contributions, gifts, grants $228Contributions, gifts, grants $200
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Even though Autism is the most prevalent childhood disease it is the least funded. Autism cripples children for life. Most people on the Autism Spectrum as adults, cannot live by themselves. Autism Family Center of Florida and Pathways Autism are going to change this; but we cannot do this without community support and help. Our three county communities have the opportunity to change Autistic people  and their families lives for the better. Lets do it!

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Pathways Autism Cure & Treatment Inc
Address 8500 Vamo Road
Grace Church
Sarasota, FL 34281
Phone 941 739-3936