FAQ’s About NAA


  1. Who is NAA?
    The National Autism Association is a parent-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Founded in 2003, NAA is a parent-run advocacy organization and the leading voice on urgent issues related to severe autism, regressive autism, autism safety, autism abuse, and crisis prevention.
  2. How many members do you have?
    Memberships range from 25,000 email subscribers to 1.6 million online members via Facebook and related social networking groups.
  3. What’s your mission?
    The mission of the National Autism Association 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?
  5. What’s your corporate contact information?
    National Autism Association

    One Park Avenue, Suite 1
    Portsmouth, RI 02871
    Phone: 877.NAA.AUTISM 
    Email: naa@nationalautism.org
  6. Who is your leadership?
    Board Chairperson: Lori McIlwain

    President: Wendy Fournier
    Executive Director: Kelly Vanicek
    Vice President: Katie Wright-Hildebrand
    Treasurer: George Zoglio
    Secretary: Rita Shreffler
  7. Who are your board of directors?
    Kelly Vanicek; Wendy Fournier; Lori McIlwain; Claire M. Bothwell; Rosemarie Dubrowsky; James A. Moody; Leslie Phillips; Rita Shreffler; Katie Wright-Hildebrand, George Zoglio, Joseph Ranseth.
  8. 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.
  9. Will you promote my product?
    NAA typically does not promote or endorse products that are unapproved by the board of directors. For safety-related products, NAA does not promote any vendor in exchange for a commission.
  10. How do I get my product in your store?
    Please write to naa@nationalautism.org
  11. Can I link your site on my page?
    For all awareness efforts, yes, you may link NAA to your page.
  12. Can I hold a fundraiser for you?
    For all fundraising questions, please email naa@nationalautism.org.
  13. How can I become a sponsor or advertiser?
    Please click here for information and fill out the online form.
  14. How can I start a chapter?
    NAA is not currently accepting applications for new chapters.
  15. How can I run your PSA?
    Please write to lori@nationalautism.org.
  16. Can I get a quote for my news story?
    Please contact Wendy Fournier via email wendy@nationalautism.org.
  17. Will you advertise in my magazine/newspaper?
    Please write to lori@nationalautism.org.
  18. Can I be an exhibitor at your conference?
    Please write to aimee@nationalautism.org.
  19. Can I be a speaker at your conference?
    Please visit http://nationalautismconference.org to apply.
  20. Can you look at my new safety product?
    Please write to lori@nationalautism.org.
  21. Will NAA support my protest/rally?
    Please write to naa@nationalautism.org
  22. How do I get a grant for financial aid?
    Please check http://nationalautismassociation.org/family-support/programs/helping-hand/ for grant application periods. Should the application period be expired for the year, please check your local resources by visiting yellowpagesforkids.com.
  23. How can my county get Project Lifesaver funding from NAA?
    Please write to lori@nationalautism.org
  24. How can my child get a Project Lifesaver wristband through NAA?
    Please write to lori@nationalautism.org
  25. Can NAA please provide legal council or legal assistance?
    Because NAA 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
  26. Can someone from NAA attend my IEP meeting?
    NAA is a national organization and does not have local representatives available for IEP meetings. To find a local advocate in your area, we recommend visiting yellowpagesforkids.com, wrightslaw.com or www.taalliance.org/ptidirectory
  27. How do I donate?
    To make a tax-deductible donation, click here. THANK YOU!
  28. How can I learn more about your annual conference?
    Visit http://nationalautismconference.org