About Us

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Our Mission

Ausome Foundation was created to empower and provide individuals in the Autism Spectrum and their families with the tools to become the best version of themselves.

Our Vision

Creating a world where being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) doesn’t define your value or talents

Our Values

Acceptance
Unity
Support
Originality
Motivation
Empowerment

The Ausome Foundation Corp. was established as a 501(c)(3) entity in 2021 by Gleyder Gonzalez. The inspiration of creating a foundation began shortly after the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) of a close family member. This diagnosis was received 15 years ago after the recognition of various questionable developmental delays and the presence of maladaptive behaviors. At the time, the observation of the day to day obstacles that were real to the family such as lack of information, resources, guidance, assistance and acceptance were overwhelming. While other families with children the same age were scheduling playdates, their lives were consumed with therapy day after day, year after year.

Gleyder Gonzalez

Founder & President

Ausome Journey

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1911 - Eugen Bleuler was the first to use the term autism as a form of childhood schizophrenia. The word came from the Greek word “autos” meaning “self”

1911
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1943 - Leo Kanner made the observation of Autism being an emotional disturbance rather than developmental or cognitive. First to describe as a condition. Notable work: "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact"

1943
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1944- Hans Asperger, is best known for his early studies on atypical neurology where he described a milder version of autism which is known today as Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger's is characterized by deficiencies in the ability to socialize with others, communicate and use imagination.

1944
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1952 - Leo Kanner defined autism as a psychiatric condition characterized by “atypical and withdrawn behavior, gross immaturity and inadequacy in development”

1952
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1960 - Ole’ Ivan Lovaas developed The Lovaas Method or Applied Behavior Analysis. He pioneered the proposal that Skinner’s Operant Conditioning could be applied as an effective treatment for Autism (animal training technique based on Thorndike’s (1898) law of effect: behavior that is followed by pleasant consequences is likely to be repeated and behavior followed by unpleasant consequences is less likely to be repeated.)

1960
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1967 - Bruno Bettlheim, popularized the theory that autism was the result of cold and inattentive mothers or “refrigerator mothers”.

1967
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1970 - Bettelheim’s theory of autism being caused by cold mothers was disproved after studying twins.

1970
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1970s- Genetic etiology and environmental factors were found to contribute to autism; however, the condition was found to be rooted in brain development.

1970s
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1980- DSM III described autism as “pervasive developmental disorder” and it was established as a separate diagnosis from schizophrenia.

1980
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1987 - Researchers had a growing understanding that autism isn’t a single condition, but a spectrum of conditions.

1987
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1990 - United States Congress reauthorized and made an Amendment to the 1975 Education of Handicapped Children Act and Autism is included as a disability category under the special education program “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is to provide children with disabilities the same opportunity for education as those students who do not have a disability.

1990
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1998- A case study was published in The Lancet by Andrew Wakefield and 12 of his colleagues suggesting that the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine predisposed children to behavioral regression and pervasive development disorders. Almost immediately afterward, epidemiological studies were conducted, published refuting the article. The publication was retracted.

1998
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1999- Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon was adopted as a sign of autism awareness.

1999
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2000 - Vaccine manufacturers removed thimerosal (mercury based additive) due to public fear about vaccines causing autism, even after the theory was debunked.

2000
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2020 - The Ausome Foundation Corp was created June 5th, 2020 as a Not for Profit Organization 501 (C) (3)

2020
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Eugen Bleuler was the first to use the term autism as a form of childhood schizophrenia. The word came from the Greek word “autos” meaning “self”

1911
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Leo Kanner made the observation of Autism being an emotional disturbance rather than developmental or cognitive. First to describe as a condition. Notable work: "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact"

1943
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Hans Asperger, is best known for his early studies on atypical neurology where he described a milder version of autism which is known today as Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger's is characterized by deficiencies in the ability to socialize with others, communicate and use imagination.

1944
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Leo Kanner defined autism as a psychiatric condition characterized by “atypical and withdrawn behavior, gross immaturity and inadequacy in development”

1952
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Ole’ Ivan Lovaas developed The Lovaas Method or Applied Behavior Analysis. He pioneered the proposal that Skinner’s Operant Conditioning could be applied as an effective treatment for Autism (animal training technique based on Thorndike’s (1898) law of effect: behavior that is followed by pleasant consequences is likely to be repeated and behavior followed by unpleasant consequences is less likely to be repeated.)

1960
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Bruno Bettlheim, popularized the theory that autism was the result of cold and inattentive mothers or “refrigerator mothers”.

1967
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Bettelheim’s theory of autism being caused by cold mothers was disproved after studying twins.

1970
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Genetic etiology and environmental factors were found to contribute to autism; however, the condition was found to be rooted in brain development.

1970s
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DSM III described autism as “pervasive developmental disorder” and it was established as a separate diagnosis from schizophrenia.

1980
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Researchers had a growing understanding that autism isn’t a single condition, but a spectrum of conditions.

1987
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United States Congress reauthorized and made an Amendment to the 1975 Education of Handicapped Children Act and Autism is included as a disability category under the special education program “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is to provide children with disabilities the same opportunity for education as those students who do not have a disability.

1990
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A case study was published in The Lancet by Andrew Wakefield and 12 of his colleagues suggesting that the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine predisposed children to behavioral regression and pervasive development disorders. Almost immediately afterward, epidemiological studies were conducted, published refuting the article. The publication was retracted.

1998
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Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon was adopted as a sign of autism awareness.

1999
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Vaccine manufacturers removed thimerosal (mercury based additive) due to public fear about vaccines causing autism, even after the theory was debunked.

2000
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The Ausome Foundation Corp was created June 5th, 2020 as a Not for Profit Organization 501 (C) (3)

2020