Dennis J Sanders III Autism Foundation

Our Story

Autism Awareness – What Does the Future Hold for Children with Autism?

In 2018, the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder with more than 3.5 million Americans living with autism. Chances are high that you know someone with autism whether it is a family member, friend, or acquaintance.

Founded in 2018 by Dennis and Danielle Sanders, The Dennis J. Sanders III Autism Foundation was inspired by their own son, Dennis J. Sanders III. Diagnosed with autism at the age of 4, Dennis and Danielle felt lost with no clear path to follow and get their son the services he needed.

Our Family

Parent's Dilemma

What is Our Transition Plan?

Now as their son approaches high school graduation, they face a very familiar dilemma as they consider what options and opportunities are available. Like most individuals with autism experience, supplementary supports and services stop once they graduate. This left them pondering the same questions many parents of individuals with autism ask: What does the future look like for my child? Will my child go to college, get a job, or live on their own? In short, will my child be successful and happy as they venture into the real world?

The Dennis J. Sanders III Foundation was created with the understanding that everyone can experience greater success when barriers are removed, opportunities are provided, and a community supports and embraces the diversity of all individuals. Our future Good Company endeavor will enhance autism awareness in Wichita by providing inclusive employment to help individuals with autism find their place in our community and this world.

The Future

An estimated 500,000 young adults with autism are due to enter the US workforce in the next decade, and a majority will struggle to land their first job. With up to 80% of adults with autism and other developmental disabilities unemployed, the Dennis J. Sanders III Autism Foundation sees the tremendous need to take action and deliver opportunities to individuals and families.

Based on their own experience, Dennis and Danielle Sanders understand that many parents of children with autism spectrum disorders often don’t know where to look for help when their children leave high school. Many feel very much like they did when their children were first diagnosed; they don’t know what to do or where to turn.

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The Dennis J. Sanders III Autism Foundation carves a path for these individuals once they graduate high school to ensure that all individuals know their intrinsic value and feel embraced and included in their local community. We believe in helping others reach their personal goals and enjoying the rewards of solid and meaningful employment.