Face Autism
5610 74th Place East
% Colleen Buccieri
Ellenton FL 34222
Mission

Face Autism, Inc. provides sensory friendly activities, support groups, referrals for therapeutic services, structured classes and other necessary resources to every family with a child diagnosed with autism.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Colleen A Buccieri
Board Chair Ms. Colleen A Buccieri
Board Chair Affiliation Hewlett Packard
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2009
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2017
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $36,880.00
Projected Expenses $36,718.00
Impact Statement
The Sensory Friendly Events such as Movies, Roller Skating, Bowling and Pool Day are events that bring the families of children with autism closer as they can participate in these events as a family.  In addition, the children form friendships with others and the parents, grandparents and caregivers can also form relationships with other families during these events. 
Sensory Friendly Holiday events, Spring Egg Hunt, October Festival and Sensory Santa are events the give the children the opportunity to participate in an egg hunt, hayride and sit on Santa's lap.  This gives them the ability to join in the holiday spirit.
The sturctured classes, Art, Lego, Superflex, Social Thinking, Horseback Riding, Music Therapy, Dance Class and Social Skills are very successful in bringing the children together and be able to learn and grow through structured classes which are instructor led.  These classes build communication, self-esteem, emotional expression, and self confidence. 
Needs Statement
  1. Social skills classes for children with autism, 2 six-month sessions offered once each week for 1 hour (10-12 children)  $6,000
  2. Music Therapy classes for children with autism, 2 sessions per year offered once each week for 1 hour (10-12 children) $4,000
  3. Add an additional Music Therapy class for children with autism in south Sarasota County, 2 sessions per year offered once each week for 1 hour (10-12 children) $4,000
  4. Horseback Riding for children with autism, 2 sessions, 10 children total for 10 weeks, 1 hours per session $2,750
  5. Dance Class for children with autism, 1 class, 10 children, 1 hour, 1 day a week, 12 weeks $1,200
Background Statement
Face Autism, Inc., was created in 2009 by a team of interested professionals and parents to provide sensory friendly activities, support groups, referral for therapeutic services, structured classes, and other necessary resources. As a non profit organization, Face Autism, Inc., is committed solely to providing these services to families through outreach and fundraising efforts.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Having no children myself I was blessed to have my godson in my life who was diagnosed with autism in 2002.  He has become my best friend and through his eyes I started to see what he was missing out on because of  having autism.  I feel that every child should have the same opportunity to enjoy all things in life.  With his help I started to target different activities, programs, etc for these children to learn and have fun.  The smiles on their faces during the activities are priceless.  My godson has taught me more then I could ever teach him.  Through him these children now have an opportunity to have fun, grow, develop and maintain a quality of life.
Programs
Description In partnership with Children Therapy Associates, this class helps children with autism learn how to engage in age-appropriate play, conflict resolution, problem-solving, compromise and other skills that are a struggle for autistic children to master.
Budget $6,000
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short Term Success During the class, participating children learn how to engage in appropriate activity, including understanding natural consequences, behavior modification, real world situations, if/then contingencies, restoring communication breakdown, and assistance with no verbal communication interpretation.
Long Term Success These classes are essential in helping children with autism become adults with social skills necessary for life.
Program Success Monitoring Therapists from Children Therapy Associates facilitate the program. Parents and therapists provide feedback about the progression of each child. Therapists spend time at the end of each class with parents to help them understand how the child progressed and how to expand these positive changes into the home life.
Program Success Examples Sam, age 10, participates each week in the social skills class. At first, Sam was overly competitive and would sometimes act inappropriately when he would lose in a classroom activity, having little regard for his peers. After 1 year of participating, Sam is a very different child in the program. He has developed great sensitivity toward and respect of his peers and now understands the consequences of inappropriate behavior during play. It is clear that participating in the program is a great joy for Sam and has helped enhance his life.
Description

This class is instructor lead by several volunteers where many needs are addressed and met via participation in the visual art process. For starters, creating art challenges helps grow the child's imagination, flexibility in thinking, strengthen communication and expression of thoughts.

Budget $2,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
During the class the children's senses are stimulated such as touch, smell, hearing (listening to instruction) and sight.  Sensory issues are a struggle with children with autism.
Long Term Success Art has a profound ability to function as means of expression for the children with autism which helps develop their communication and social skill.
Program Success Monitoring
The class feedback comes from the children themselves along with the parents feedback.  Parents are welcome to stay and watch and at the end of each session we give the parents a chance to give us feedback and we also give them feedback about their child.
Program Success Examples The children receive a lot of social interaction through the art process with their peers along with the volunteers helping them. Amelia joined the class and she would not talk to anyone peers or volunteers and through her art and feeling her strong accomplishments she is now talking in class and seeking more help to finish her projects and leaving with a pure sense of success.  She engages in more conversation when we break for lunch with peers and volunteers. 
Description

In partnership with local business we are able to offer sensory friendly events for the children with autism. We partner with the Sarasota Film Society to show sensory friendly movies, Stardust Skate Center for sensory friendly roller skating, city of Sarasota for pool day and AMF Gulf Lanes for bowling.

Budget $3,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Duringthese events, participating children learn how to sit in a movie, learn how toroller skate, appropriate play at a pool and lean how to bowl and showteamwork.
Long Term Success These events are essential in helping children with autism be able to join in fun activities because they are in a sensory friendly environment and a setting where they can have fun without being judged.
Program Success Monitoring

Progress is monitored by how each child progress through each event with observation and feedback from the parents.

Program Success Examples

DJ, age 8, has participated in roller skating from the first day Face Autism started the event. He started out with 2 people holding him up as he tried to get use to his skates. He is now at the point that he asks his mom to bring him skating and goes around the rink with the biggest smile ever and roller skates all on his own. He makes sure that others see what he has accomplished and is very proud of himself that he can now roller skate without any help.

Description

In partnership with Bricks 4 Kidz Face Autism offers a Lego® class with is instructor led and is a hands-on class where students will design and build machines, catapults, pyramids, derby cards, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks. While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Face Autism provides a safe, enriching place to create and play.

Budget $2,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success

During these classes the children’s lively imaginations are triggered and they have an opportunity to pick and choose their projects based on what they enjoy and how hard the project is. Each project at the end is designed to move via a motor and this really expands on the child’s social aspect as they are so excited to see their project finished and operate.

Long Term Success

These classes with the help of volunteers reinforce math and science concepts, develop an appreciation for how things work, builds self-confidence and problem solving skills and foster’s teamwork. Each child is successful in completing his/her projects which enhance their confidence.

Program Success Monitoring

Progress is monitored by the instructor, volunteers and parents who are welcomed to stay and watch. There are different levels of projects which gives each child the chance to be successful. The project instructions range from the easiest to the hardest.

Program Success Examples

Jordan age 13 has no interest in building Legos® and started off just staring around with no motivation to try and construct his project. He is now going to the table and picking his own project and working diligently with his volunteer to complete the project to the end. If he gets done with the project before class ends he is starting to attempt to choose another project to start. He is so proud of his accomplishment he asks to have his picture taken with his completed project.

Description Superfex, Social Thinking Class in partnership with Children Therapy Associates, this class helps children with autism understand and regulate their own social behavior with the people in their families, schools and communities.
Budget $3,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy No
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success Tanner had a difficult time understanding social queues.  He was very in tune with this class and started to bring home what he learned to his younger brother and could recognize social behavior after the class.  His mother was very excited about his accomplishment.
Long Term Success As they learn this within their own family dynamics the students will continue to improve on their social thinking with what they have learned from the Social Thinking® curriculum created by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner.  This will help the children understand and regulate their own social behavior with the people in their families, schools and communities.
Program Success Monitoring There is a baseline check that is taken before class for each student developed by Social Thinking® curriculum created by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner.  Then there is a check done after the class to see where each child improved or needs to improve.
Program Success Examples Tanner had a difficult time understanding social queues. He was very in tune with this class and started to bring home what he learned to his younger brother and could recognize social behavior after the class. His mother was very excited about his accomplishment.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Colleen A Buccieri
CEO Term Start Jan 2009
CEO/Executive Director Email cbuccieri@face-autism.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 7
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
Collaborations

Once each year for the last three years, we have sponsored a Autism Resource Expo, bringing together all of the local services and programs in our area working with autism. Agencies offering services to families with children with autism come and showcase their services during this one-day event so that the families within the Suncoast area have an opportunity to come and explore the autism resources availability in the Suncoast area.

IMG Academy works in partnership with Face Autism to provide volunteers for our various classes. They work one-on-one with kids and have offered excellent support.

North River Roller Renegades work with Face Autism and the children who come to our programs as well.  

We collaborate with Children Therapy Associates for the social classes. Sarasota Coastal Academy works in partnership with Face Autism for the art class. This year, we will be working with Gulf Coast Music Therapy for our newly offered music classes. Bricks4Kids collaborates with us for the Lego class. 

 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Colleen A Buccieri
Company Affiliation Hewlett Packard
Board Term Jan 2009 to Dec 2020
Board Chair Email cbuccieri@face-autism.org
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Colleen A Buccieri Hewlett Packard
Ms. Alma M Morris Achieva Credit Union
Mrs. Marcella Resendiz-Nicols M&M Contractors
Mrs. Yvonne R Soriano Sunset Kia Group
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 93
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 67
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $36,880.00
Projected Expenses $36,718.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$29,737$28,365$11,462
Administration Expense$2,143$5,021$769
Fundraising Expense$14,208$5,562$11,710
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.811.431.40
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%73%44%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue41%13%41%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0$0$17,690
Current Assets$0$0$17,690
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$17,690
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $23,841Fundraising $21,566Fundraising $15,624
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $11,012Contributions, gifts, grants $19,814Contributions, gifts, grants $12,985
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $2,293Sale of Merchandise $941Resource Fair $3,549
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from compilations as organization files a 990-N (postcard).  In 2015 the organization filed a 990-EZ; however for consistency in reporting, the compilations were used.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.   
Nonprofit Face Autism
Address 5610 74th Place East
% Colleen Buccieri
Ellenton, FL 34222
Phone 813 240-3044

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