Facts and FAQs

  1. Who is NAANT?
    The National Autism Association of North Texas is a parent-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Founded in 2005, NAANT is local chapter parent-run advocacy organization and the leading voice on urgent issues related to severe autism, regressive autism, autism safety, autism abuse, and crisis prevention in our North Texas Community .
  2. How many members does NAA have?
    Memberships range from 25,000 email subscribers to 1.6 million online members via Facebook and related social networking groups nationwide.
  3. What’s your mission?
    The mission of the NAANT is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.
  4. What’s your Federal Tax ID number/Employer ID number?
    20-0032380 group 5270
  5. What’s your corporate contact information?
    2232 Cross Bend Rd. Plano, TX   75023
    PO Box 261209 Plano, TX 75026
  6. What kind of research do you support?
    While we believe genetic predispositions and susceptibilities play a role in the development of autism, the National Autism Association feels that environmental interactions play the larger role; therefore, our organization supports research that studies environmental triggers responsible for creating the tipping point in genetically susceptible children, as well as promising treatment options and issues relating to safety.
  7. Will you promote my product?
    NAANT typically does not promote or endorse products that are unapproved by the board of directors. For safety-related products, NAANT does not promote any vendor in exchange for a commission..
  8. Can I hold a fundraiser for you?
    For all fundraising questions, please email nagla_alvin@verizon.net
  9. How do I get a grant for financial aid?
    Please check our application for a grant in our Documents section.
  10. Can NAANT please provide legal council or legal assistance?
    Because NAANT is a parent-run advocacy organization, we cannot provide legal counsel or services. We are also unable to offer funding for legal assistance.  For special-needs law resources, visit yellowpagesforkids.com or wrightslaw.com
  11. Can someone from NAANT attend my IEP meeting?
     To find a local advocate in your area, we recommend visiting yellowpagesforkids.com, wrightslaw.com or www.taalliance.org/ptidirectory
  12. What is NAA’s position on vaccinations?
    NAA believes that every parent has the right to research and educate themselves about all medical products, including vaccinations. Informed consent is critical and each parent should have the freedom and information necessary to make the best decision for their child. NAA cannot make this decision for any parent, but we are happy to provide sources of information to anyone in need. We recommend visiting http://nvic.org.
  13. How do I donate?
    To make a tax-deductible donation, click on our Donations page.  THANK YOU!
  14. How can I learn more about your annual NAA conference?
    Visit http://nationalautismconference.org
There is no readily available answer. Genetic predisposition as well as environmental causes, including vaccines, are suspect in causing autism. Thorough research is needed to determine the role of the environment and vaccines in autism. There is some evidence of brain injury caused by environmental insult - e.g. chemical or biochemical toxicity, heavy metals, allergic reactions, exposure to certain viruses.
Autism is treatable. Biomedical intervention including special diet, in combination with early intervention, education, and behavioral training have all yeilded very hopeful results for many children and adults. Early diagnosis and appropriate intervention is extremely critical.
- Autism now affects 1 in 68 children - Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls - About 40% of children with autism do not speak. - About 25%–30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood - Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike) - The rate of autism has steadily grown over the last twenty years - Comorbid conditions often associated with autism include Fragile X, allergies, asthma, epilepsy, bowel disease, gastrointestinal/digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, PANDAS, feeding disorders, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, OCD, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, immune disorders, autoimmune disorders, and neuroinflammation. - Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet most underfunded - A 2008 Danish Study found that the mortality risk among those with autism was nearly twice that of the general population - Children with autism do progress – early intervention is key - Autism is treatable, not a hopeless condition