Welcome to the JUSTin HOPE Foundation
Our Mission Statement
Giving hope to individuals and families in Northern Nevada affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopment disorders by providing support and/or opportunities that will have a meaningful impact on the family as a whole.
G.A.P. (Giving Awards Program)- We provide financial assistance to bridge the gap between what families can afford and what they need to live their lives to the fullest potential. For more information about the award process, please visit the "Apply for Award" tab.
First Responder Training- We have developed a training to help our community First Responder agencies be more informed about autism and how to effectively interact with individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. This will allow interactions to be safer and less stressful for First Responders, community members, and individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. We are POST (Peace Officers' Standards and Training) certified. Law Enforcement will receive credit for the two-hour trainings.
9-1-1 Dispatch Registry- We collect and maintain a registry that is given to local 9-1-1 Dispatch Centers to provide pertinent information on individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. The voluntary information provided by individuals or family members is dissemenated to agencies responding to the emergency in order to be prepared and effectively assist in that situation.
Monthly Family Support Group/Workshops- We coordinate meetings of families who have similar needs. This allows families to network and exchange information while the children are allowed to play with one another in a safe environment. This includes parent-to-parent support, resources and education workshops that help families with their daily struggles. Check our sidebar for the next scheduled Family Support Group and Workshop. Please let us know if you have a particular topic that you would like to learn more about.
Sibshops- We partner with other organizations to provide siblings(ages 8-13) of children with any disability with opportunities for peer support. We plan a wide range of activities that focus on the brothers and sisters who will most likely have the longest-lasting relationship with the person who has special needs. Check our sidebar for the next scheduled Sibshop.
Diagnostic Evaluations- We support and have partnered with the University Center for Autism and Neuro-Development (UCAN). UCAN is a transdisciplinary team of professionals concerned with Autism and Neurodevelopmental disorders in children. The core value of the UCAN Assessment Team is to provide diagnostic evaluations for children in need. The purpose of the UCAN Assessment Team is to improve differentiation between autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The Team is a diverse group of professionals from different disciplines and agencies throughout Northern Nevada comprised of a child psychiatrist, a child psychologist, a pediatrician, an occupational therapist, speech and language pathologist, a social worker, and a developmental specialist. Please call (775) 682-7025.
Respite- Coming Soon!
JUSTin HOPE was inspired by Justin Reitz. Our second precious son was born December 31, 2002. When Justin was around the age of two is when we started to question his regression, eventually receiving a formal diagnosis. And so it was, our journey began...
Our lives were being turned upside down trying to figure out which path to take and how we could help our child. There were so many options to choose from and so many questions that remained unanswered. All the while, we were caring for Justin's older brother who was only 14 months older and were expecting our third son.
When a child is diagnosed with any neuro-developmental disorder, parents often tend to prioritize that child's needs above all else, sometimes without realizing the effect it has on their other children, their marriage, or themselves.
We know too well how stressful this can be on a family. JUSTin HOPE was founded by a group of dedicated individuals who believe that "a little bit of help gives a lot of hope." We want to help by providing awards as well as supports to families. Our goal is to help individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neuro-developmental disorders by bridging the gap between what they can afford and what they need to live their lives to the fullest potential as individuals and as a family.
Please let us know how we can help you...
The JUSTinHOPE Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.