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Our Story


Autism Charlotte was founded in 2006 by five parents, all directly impacted and inspired by their own special children affected by autism. Facing the many day-to-day challenges common in caring for a child with autism, these parents experienced firsthand the significant lack of programs, services, and support in our community. They committed themselves to helping other families facing similar challenges but likewise finding few answers and often feeling alone.  With the support of many friends, family, and community partners, Autism Foundation of the Carolinas was established as a 501C3  and was  later renamed Autism Charlotte.  The organization became well known for programs such as iCan Bike and  Inclusion-based Afterschool. Over the years, Autism Charlotte's programs, services, presence, and impact has continued to grow and elvove based on the incredible foundation established by our founders. 

Lori Schleicher, Isabel Owen, Marjorie Serralles-Russell, Lee James, Michelle Nebrig

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