Welcome to the JUSTin HOPE Foundation
Our Mission Statement:
Giving hope to children and families in Northern Nevada affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other *neuro-developmental disorders by providing support and/or opportunitie that will have a meaningful impact on the family as a whole.
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.
Watch our KOLO interview!
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 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.
The JUSTinHOPE Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
For more information about the award process, please visit the "Apply for Award" tab.
We support and have partnered with the University Center for Autism and Neuro-Development (UCAN). A substantial amount of our proceeds from the Spring Forward for Autism event go to UCAN. UCAN is a multidisciplinary 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.
*Neuro-developmental disorders (NDDs) are disorders of brain function that affect emotion, learning and memory. These disorders develop over time and are associated with a wide variation of mental, emotional, behavioral, and physical features. Commonly known NDDs include autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), communication, speech, and language disorders, and genetic disorders such as Fragile X syndrome (FXS) and Down syndrome (Reynolds & Goldstein, 1999).