Who are we?

Autism Family Education Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Upstate, SC.  Our purpose is to provide educational opportunities for families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or other developmental disabilities to increase their knowledge and competency in caring for a child or adolescent with a developmental disability and assist them in improving their quality of life.  Funds raised provide scholarships to cover some of the expense of these training courses, seminars, and conferences to families in need.

If you or someone you know may benefit from these scholarships, please see the application below.

Interested in donating to or fundraising for our cause?  Information on making donations can be found below and you may contact us about organizing a fundraiser by e-mailing donate@autismfef.org

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Paypal

Donations through PayPal are fast, easy, and secure. You choose how much to give and how to give it. If you would like to designate your donation for a particular family or towards a particular conference, please note this in the Special Instructions section when you submit your donation!

We absolutely want to recognize our donors contributions, so you may (if you choose) also let us know who your donation is in honor of and leave a short message.  These will be shown in our donors section below!  If you’d like your gift to remain anonymous, please tell us that as well.

Amazon Smile

Do you shop on Amazon often?  With just one easy change you can donate to us at no additional cost to you!  We are a verified charity with Amazon Smile!  So how does it work?  Instead of using Amazon.com just go to smile.amazon.com to do your amazon shopping (don’t worry, it’s the real deal).  Make sure Autism Family Education Fund is set as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase amount to us just for shopping with them!  You can find out more by clicking below.

Shop via the mobile app?  You can still use the app to browse and place your purchase in your cart.  Then when you’re ready to purchase, use your mobile browser to navigate to smile.amazon.com, login as normal, and proceed to checkout!  Once you have us set as your default charity it’s that easy to donate!

Fundraisers

Fundraisers will be hosted locally in the Upstate SC area and online through this website as well as Facebook.  We will post events as they are scheduled!

Mail-In Donations

 Please send mail-in donations to:
Autism Family Education Fund Inc.
P.O. Box 1142
Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Apply Now

If you are a family member of a child with autism looking to expand your knowledge and learn new tools and ways to understand ASD and provide care, we want to help!  Fill out the form below to be considered for a scholarship.  Please ensure that all fields are filled out.  Completed forms may either be e-mailed to apply@autismfef.org or mailed to our mailing address in the contact information below. Please allow ample time for consideration.

Please note that while we will consider applicants from a wide area, South Carolina residents who apply and applications to local conferences and education seminars will receive first priority at this time.

Download Application

Donors

A huge THANK YOU to the following donors:

See all donors here.

Amount Donated: $100.00

In Honor Of: All the amazing families dealing with ASD.

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Board Members

Monique Williams, Treasurer

Monique is an education enthusiast in upstate South Carolina, currently in student services at Clemson University. Education has been a pillar in her life and remains a continuous pursuit. Monique’s career began in continuing education for a legal nonprofit organization in southeastern Pennsylvania, but detoured when she returned to school to earn her master’s degree with a goal of teaching in higher education.  Monique found her niche in student services where she enjoys helping students navigate the complex maze of higher education, and career and personal development. Joining the AFEF board is an extension of her favorite motto, “Knowledge is Power,” and she states, “I am grateful to be a part of an organization that seeks to empower families through education.”

Contact: mwilliams@autismfef.org

Drew McCabe, Board Member

Mr. McCabe is the Dean of Academics at the ECPI University. He has worked in leadership roles in Higher Education for nearly ten years. Prior to that time, he was Division Director for Robert Half International and previously a Regional Manager for Sunbelt Rentals Incorporated. He is responsible for providing proactive leadership to engage all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to support the students’ academic achievement, personal, and social development. In addition to his academic work, he serves as a volunteer for The Family Effect, a philanthropic arm of the Phoenix Center. A graduate of both Clemson University and the University Of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mr. McCabe holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Management as well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Mr. McCabe works with the Autism Family Education Fund to help bring awareness of Educational opportunities and services available to individuals and families of individuals with autism.

Contact: dmccabe@autismfef.org

Carly Bazemore, Board Member

Carly Bazemore is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and has been working with children with autism spectrum disorder since 2004. Presently, she works at SpringBrook Behavioral Health in Travelers Rest, SC. Carly has experience in the areas of intensive behavioral needs, functional communication, early intervention, discrete trial training, vocational skills, and social skills training. Carly is passionate about advocating for autism awareness, and working with children and their families to help individuals with developmental disabilities live their best possible lives.

Contact: cbazemore@autismfef.org

Mary Ann Bennett, Board Member

Mary Ann has an extensive background helping autistic children and their families in the community.  She is one of the founders of a local non-profit charter school for children with ADHD, ASD, and learning disabilities, and was pivotal in the transformation of a local residential treatment facility into a behavioral health center for autistic children.  Working in this residential autism center environment and seeing the impact that providing education has had on families dealing with autism has inspired Mary Ann to be a part of the Autism Family Education Fund so that other families can receive the same benefit.

Contact: mbennett@autismfef.org

David Burleson, Board Advisor

David Burleson is a graduate of Anderson University, where he obtained three separate Bachelor of Science Degrees in Marketing, Management, and Finance/Economics.  He has worked as an Economist progressing to Senior Consultant, obtained his insurance licenses with a specialty in Financial Services, and worked as a Staffing Manager where he specialized in executive recruiting for accountants and financial analysts.  As both Autism and Mental Illness have personally affected his family, David joined Springbrook Behavioral Health in 2010 to work with those populations as the hospital’s Regional Director of Business Development.  David has also served on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America since 2013.  David brings his passion and expertise from his professional and personal experiences to the Autism Family Education Fund team.

Contact: dburleson@autismfef.org