Cornerstone Autism Foundation
In Indiana, one in 83 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. And yet, autism research receives less than 5 percent of the funding made available to many less prevalent childhood diseases. The Cornerstone Autism Foundation aims to address that gap and directly assist children, families and caregivers who struggle with autism right here in our home state.
Founded in December 2011 by David Ide, Debbie Ide and Ken Weadick — who also make up the Cornerstone Autism Center leadership team — the foundation provides grants and sponsorships. Its support helps programs at schools and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, as well as charitable fundraiser events, that directly serve and benefit children of autism here in Indiana.
The foundation also supports Cornerstone Autism Center community services and programs, such as the Lights Up, Sound Down program. Here, we screen currently released children’s films with reduced volume and raised lights so children of autism may enjoy this entertainment without risk of sensory overload.
Making an Impact
In early 2012, the foundation was a platinum sponsor of the inaugural Indianapolis Walk Now for Autism Speaks, which raised more than $110,000 for Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. The Mid-North Indiana Harley Owners Group (HOG) Chapter #1188 and Eagle Harley Davidson donated proceeds from their annual Jerry & Annie Charity Ride to our foundation — generously providing more than $4,800 toward purchasing iPads that help children of autism more easily and effectively communicate with loved ones and caregivers.
Help us continue to give children of autism opportunities to thrive, succeed and realize their potential.