Ryan Woods Autism Foundation

497 Main Street
860-834-3018

501c3 Non-profit organization founded in June 2009 by the grandmother of Ryan Woods to benefit ALL children on the autism spectrum.

10 Board of Directors who meet monthly and hold numerous fundraisers and Parent Support Group sessions throughout the year to benefit families affected by autism.

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN (AGESS: 5-22 YEARS).

Focus activities: homework assistance; social / basic life skills; applied behavioral analysis; recreational indoor and outdoor; college interns and credentialed staff work one-on-one and in small groups w/your child(ren) to enhance their experience in the classroom. The children develop friendships and understand money exchange. RWAF is the only DPH Licensed Child Care facility #70113 in the state of Connecticut.

Rates: Sliding Scale; C4Kids; DCF clients; DDS clients. Some scholarship funding available.

Hours: 1-6pm (optional); 2-6pm Mon-Friday.

Please take that step to help your child and beat the odds of 1:54 boys -- an epidemic disability that will spiral out of control if we doon't sstart to pay attention to it. Call RWAF. We can help.

We let Special kids just be kids! :) 

Recent News

Autism/ Special Needs Camp RWAF at Woodside Intermediate School

This program provides positive support to increase social skills, self-advocacy and appropriate assertiveness, personal hygiene, healthy relationships, lowering social anxiety, and building confidence, discovering dislikes/likes.Focus Activities:-…

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Autism Foundation Fundraiser

Greeting autism supporters, The Ryan Woods Autism Foundation solicits your support of $15, $20, $25, $30, or $40 or any amount you feel comfortable to help us host a pre-Memorial Weekend dance for teens 13 years to 18 in Middletown at The First…

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Autism, Aspergers - Special Needs Camp RWAF 6th Year

Focus Activities: Numerous Field Trips (YMCA Swimming; CT Science Museum; Horse Farms; Movies; Kids City; local banks; Lake Compounce; Comcast Studios; Coffeehouse Recording Studios; First Tee & TPC; meet First Responders, etc). Social/Life…

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Walmart Onsite Training & Employment - Sponsored by The Ryan Woods Autism Foundation

Part-Time & Full-Time Walmart Customer Associate Positions -Training Ongoing- 2 Days / Week ● 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM ● 20-min break Mission: To provide Onsite Training / Employment if selected in a warm and friendly environment for Walmart…

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Connecticut Walmart Stores Team Up with The Ryan Woods Autism Foundation to Hire Young Adults with Special Needs

Walmart today announced plans to expand the company’s partnership with The Ryan Woods Autism Foundation (RWAF) to include all Walmart stores statewide in Connecticut. The partnership began in 2011 at the Cromwell, CT store, where RWAF started its…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation - Special Needs Summer Camp

Our goal is $30K because we have more families in need this year than ever before. Please give those less fortunate than you and yours a GREAT SUMMER CAMP experience. Donate what you can.  Thank you. Ryan Woods Autism Foundation…

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Happy Holidays from Ryan Woods Autism Foundation (RWAF)!

This year, the Ryan Woods Autism Foundation [RWAF] is thankful for our dedicated donors, ambassadors, volunteers and community partners for all they do to help individuals and families affected by autism live life to the fullest. Look what your…

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Autism Organization Told "Take Your Business Elsewhere"

Ryan Woods Autism Foundation (RWAF) (collaborative resource of Autism Speaks) turned away from Bowl-O-Rama by owner, Jim Callahan after 7 years of patronage. RWAF had reservation for Thanksgiving Friday 2015, showed up to setup and was told by…

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Woods Spectrum Enterprises / Walmart Trainee Program - Cromwell, Avon & Wallingford Stores

Part-Time &Full-Time Walmart Positions ONSITE TRAINING: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (20-min break) -Training Ongoing- Mission: social training: how to build resume; interview role play; introductions (meet/greet); personal…

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Woods Spectrum Enterprises/Walmart Trainee Program - Cromwell & Wallingford Stores

Part-Time &Full-Time Walmart Positions ONSITE TRAINING: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (ONE 20-min break) TRAINING SCHEDULE (SESSION 1) (September 9 thru October 20, 2015) Mission: social training: how to build resume; interview…

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Woods Spectrum Enterprises / Walmart Trainee Program - Cromwell & Wallingford Stores

Part-Time &Full-Time Walmart Positions ONSITE TRAINING: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (ONE 20-min break) TRAINING SCHEDULE (SESSION 1) (September 9 thru October 20, 2015) Mission: social training: how to build resume; interview…

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Camp Ryan Woods AUTISM Foundation

CAMP RWAF located in Middletown has openings for the month of August! Give your child an experience in learning through recreational, creative ways they will NEVER forget! Please contact Brenda Wilson at Ryan Woods Autism Foundation…

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Clinical Special Needs/Autism Summer Camp

CLINICAL SPECIAL NEEDS / AUTISM SUMMER CAMP -- CAMP RWAF CREDENTIALED BY THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT UNDER LICENSE # YCDR.07019 operating out of FIRST Church, 190 Court Street in the Memorial Room Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Ages 5-18…

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Special Needs Summer Program - 5th Year

Focus Activities: Numerous Field Trips: swimming @ the Hospital for Special Care; CT Science Museum S.T.E.M.; Horse Farms; Movies; Kids City; local banks; Comcast Studios; Coffeehouse Recording Studios; golf @ First Tee/TPC; First Responders…

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Autism/Aspergers Summer Program (Only in Connecticut) - Grants Available!

Focus Activities:  Numerous Field Trips (Hospital for Special Care Swimming; CT Science Museum; Horse Farms; Movies; Kids City; local banks; Laser Tag; Comcast Studios; Coffeehouse Studios; First Tee & TPC; meet First Responders, etc. Social…

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Happy New Year from RWAF!

When we started The Ryan Woods Autism Foundation for autism teens, and then earned our DPH license 70113 expanding our afterschool and summer program to all school age children 6 years ago, we had in our hearts that it would be my legacy to help…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation: Appeal - Good Deeds!

Are you willing to make a donation to our autism foundation. Don't give it to "Uncle Sam" -- choose RWAF instead! We operate on fundraisers; small grants; local donations; local community grants and provide daily the following focus activities to…

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After-School Autism/Special Needs Program

RyanWoods Autism Foundation is offering a special rate to parents paying out of pocket for the after school program school year 2014/2015. $30 nonrefundable enrollment fee/$30 per week tuition. Parents MUST pay weekly. Please contact RWAF at…

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RWAF Walmart AUTISM Trainee Program

Mission: Create a warm and friendly environment for Walmart customers, and work with fellow Associates to create/maintain a positive work environment.Responsibilities- Interact with customers in a friendly, courteous manner- Gain product knowledge…

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After-School Autism/Special Needs Program

RyanWoods Autism Foundation is offering a special rate to parents paying out of pocket for the after school program school year 2014/2015. $100 nonrefundable enrollment fee /$100 per week tuition. Parents MUST pay weekly. Please contact RWAF at…

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Lead Partner to Join RWAF on Federal Grant - Time Sensitive

I participated in a conference call October 28, 2014 re: AmeriCorps National Grant.  RWAF is not strong to apply for this grant on its own; however, we were wondering if you had any ideas of one or two companies that would be interested in joining…

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RWAF Walmart Autism Trainee Program - On-Site Training Super Walmart/Cromwell

Part-Time Walmart Associate  Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 30 TOTAL DAYS Mission: Create a warm and friendly environment for Walmart customers, and work with fellow Associates to create/maintain a positive work…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation (RWAF) After-School program closing

RWAF has been forced to make a decision to not operate 10 months out of the year. The Ryan Woods Autism Foundation (RWAF) After-School program is closing. RWAF will continue as a summer program for autism children and youth and those with other…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation After-School Program Closing

RWAF has been forced to make a decision to not operate 10 months out of the year.  The Ryan Woods Autism Foundation (RWAF) After-School program is closing.   This was the hardest decision we have made in my lives. However, families of children…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation Accepting Applications For Programs Aimed at Children and Youth With Autism

Please join us in earning money and addressing some of the common characteristics children and youth find  challenging on the autism spectrum / special needs!Ryan Woods Autism Foundation (RWAF) is now accepting applications for two programs aimed…

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After-School / RWAF-Walmart Academy

Scholarships / subsidies available for those parents who are eligible for our After-School program. 18 year olds and above with ASD/Special Needs train 30 days with RWAF and 30 total days onsite Super Walmart/Cromwell.  If selected, permanent…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation After School

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE; HOWEVER WE ARE ACCEPTING ENROLLMENT APPLICATIONS NOW! Our new location is one-half the space of our old location and we may have a waiting list! Don't miss out on the opportunity of having your child: - CONTINUE TO SHARPEN…

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Autism Summer Program - Registration Extended to July 30, 2014

If you are a parent or guardian of a child with special needs and you are wondering: - What will I do for summer programming? - What will I do after summer school / during the school year? - What programs have other children with special needs…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation Moves to New Location!

Effective July 1st, our existing lease has ended and Ryan Woods Autism Foundation will be moving on June 19th, to our new location noted below. We are extremely excited about this move. It offers more outdoor space with grass and play area for our…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation - Where does your autism or special needs child go after school?

Our 501(c)(3), nonprofit charitable organization is DCF credentialed; DPH licensed [70113] and C4K provider; DDS provider [pending approval] with a wonderful record of dealing with behavioral health, experts in socialization and life skills of…

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“Train the Trainer”

You are cordially invited to attend a Series of Networking (and) Training for Siblings of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities  “TRAIN THE TRAINER”   Saturday, March 1, 2014  1:00 p.m. - Registration and Networking  1:30 p.m. -…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation and its Board of Directors are Seeking Sponsors...

Ryan Woods Autism Foundation and its Board of Directors are seeking sponsors to help fund a Gospel Jazz Explosion featuring Bros. Jonathan DuBose Jr. ("The Prophesying Guitarist) and Ian Woods Please contact: Brenda Wilson if you are interested in…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation News - November 16, 2013

Our grassroots autism organization, Ryan Woods Autism Foundation was asked to help train employees at the Middlesex YMCA the mentors and staff who interact with students on the autism spectrum because they informed us they were at a loss as to what…

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First Annual Autism Awareness Fun Day!

Saturday, September 21 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. RWAF will support Adelbrook Childrens Home in Cromwell. They will host their first Annual Autism Awareness Fun Day! Please stop by our table and purchase Lyman Orchards baked apples pies for Sunday…

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Teen Night

Hello RWAF Family & Supporters, Please allow your child to attend our Teen Night this Friday, September 20th from 6:00 pm. - 8:00 p.m. at Ryan Woods Autism Foundation Center. If your child is attending after-school on Friday, there is no reason…

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RWAF Connecticut Child Care Licensed Facility - DPH#70113!

We just received a call from the state of Connecticut Department of Public Health that we have been approved as a State of Connecticut Child Care Licensed facility. Our DPH# is 70113. This means we can provide social/life and therapeutic…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation - Internship

Interns will work one-on-one and in a group setting with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum or with other special need diagnoses. All of our students are moderate to high functioning, but need assistance with both social skills and…

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Ryan Woods Autism Foundation Friendship - Summer Program 2013

Field Trips (Educational, Explorative and Fun)Requires Ground Transportation / Premier Transportation1. Connecticut Science Museum*2. High Hopes Horse Farm*3. Essex Train Ride & Riverboat Ride*4. Local Fire Department5. Local Police Department6.…

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