On September 21st, 2013 during the celebration of Casablanca Night our 2nd annual charity gala, American Health Foundation welcomed guest speaker, Ms. Raquel Regalado, Trustee of Miami Dade County Public Schools Board of Directors on behalf of her father, the Honorable...Read More
THE VISION: Meaningful Life Academy is American Health Foundation’s major initiative for the creation of a multifaceted school-based health services center that will provide the best educational experience while encouraging exceptional abilities of individuals through...Read More
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, unable to attend Sabor Latino for Autism, wrote an inspiring letter commending the organization’s leaders for the hard work and dedication to ensuring individuals with special needs in our community receive the care they need. She wrote,...Read More
Commissioner Michelle Kligman of Surfside in Miami Beach, who has worked in community outreach in South Florida for over 10 years, attended the fundraiser launcher on October 6th and voiced her concerns about the growing need for specialized educational healthcare programs and...Read More
We, as a health services organization, strive to enhance the lives of individuals by offering access to quality, family-centered care and specialized programs. We are committed to developing a multi-services network for the underserved population by collaborating with our community partners.
American Health Foundation’s mission is to support individuals by providing guidance, education, and access to affordable healthcare services to the underserved population of our community. We strive to enrich the quality of life and wellness of the diverse population we serve in order to meet their needs, expand their opportunities and unfold their full potential.
On September 21st, 2013 during the celebration of Casablanca Night our
2nd annual charity gala, American Health Foundation welcomed guest
speaker, Ms. Raquel Regalado, Trustee of Miami Dade County Public
Schools Board of Directors on behalf of her father, the Honorable Tomas
Regalado, Mayor of the City of Miami for the presentation of a special
Proclamation in acknowledgment of the foundation’s philanthropic efforts.
Ms. Regalado, known for her great advocacy within the autism community,
made special mention for the need of a learning experience “…that focuses
on students’ abilities and not their disabilities…” and she also recognized
the importance of establishing a solid educational foundation that allows
for students with special needs to develop into independent adults and
contributing members of our society.
Meaningful Life Academy is American Health Foundation’s major initiative for the creation of a multifaceted school-based health services center that will provide the best educational experience while encouraging exceptional abilities of individuals through strong educational principals and multidisciplinary support services. Our goal is to inspire through education, the unlimited potential of what students might achieve for themselves and their world.
All children and youths have the right to become accomplished in their individual abilities, develop their talents and skills and realize their potential. As educators, parents and responsible citizens, we need to recognize this right and accept the obligation to assist all students to develop their potential and the belief that this goal can best be accomplished by providing appropriate educational opportunities. We must further recognize health conditions, patterns of learning, range of interests, motivations, and talents among the students and believe that this diversity must be considered in the design and delivery of these educational opportunities.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, unable to attend Sabor Latino for Autism, wrote an inspiring letter commending the organization’s leaders for the hard work and dedication to ensuring individuals with special needs in our community receive the care they need. She wrote, “Congratulations on American Health Foundation’s Sabor Latino for Autism event…” and further commended American Health Foundation, “…your organization strives to provide accessible education and healthcare services to children and young adults with Neuro-developmental Disorders and Autism. I wish you much success in all your future endeavors!”
Commissioner Michelle Kligman of Surfside in Miami Beach, who has worked in community outreach in South Florida for over 10 years, attended the fundraiser launcher on October 6th and voiced her concerns about the growing need for specialized educational healthcare programs and the importance of raising awareness in our community leaders to promote laws that provide funding for these programs.
Commissioner Onelia Fajardo-Garcia was recognized at Sabor Latino for Autism for her advocacy in helping community organizations build alliances and work together to improve healthcare services. She has been a major supporter of American Health Foundation’s cause as a member of Governor Scott’s Florida Commission for Human Relations.
Author: M. Medina-Capote
On October 6, 2012, American Health Foundation celebrated its inaugural fundraiser event “Sabor Latino for Autism” which took place at Reception Palace Ballrooms, in Miami. It was indeed a success, banding together over 300 of our community advocates, leaders and professionals who all share the vision of providing access to care and support for children and young adults vexed with autism and neuro-developmental disorders and their families. In addition to a delightful evening of dinner, dance and live entertainment, the night’s highlights included presentations of autism spectrum and developmental disabilities, the family’s perspective of having a child affected by autism, stories of inspiration from a mother’s struggle to access almost non-existent resources, words of inspiration from a young Asperger’s Disorder patient, with the special introduction of American Health Foundation’s first major initiative “Meaningful Life Academy” , a multifaceted, school-based healthcare center for the underserved population that will serve as a model for local, regional and national programs.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of disorders characterized by impairments or delays in social interaction, communication and language, as well as by repetitive routines and behaviors. They are called spectrum disorders because of the wide range and severity of symptoms. Children with ASD do not follow the typical patterns of child development. In some children, hints of future problems may be apparent from birth. In most cases, the problems in communication and social skills become more noticeable as the child lags further behind other children the same age. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors that can range from the very mild to the severe.
An individualized assessment of each child exhibiting possible symptoms of ASD is needed. The presentation of the core features of Autism will vary between individuals and within the same individual at different developmental stages. Though some patients may identify concerns before 18 months of age, the average age of diagnosis is closer to 4 years old. Later diagnosis can occur with Asperger’s disorder, PDD, or in those with access to fewer health care resources, as in rural or economically disadvantaged areas. [Zwaigenbaum: 2009].
A child with problems severe enough to interfere with learning, mobility, self-care, or communication, therapies may provide stimulation to help the child ameliorate, compensate for, or adapt to the impairment or disability. Therapists, work with the family, child, physician, and teacher to promote a positive functional adaptation to impairment or disability in the context of the child’s developmental progress. There are a number of traditional and alternative therapies available to help children with developmental disorders that should be explored in conjunction with medical management.
• ANIMAL THERAPY
• APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS
• ART THERAPY
• BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
• MUSIC THERAPY
• OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
• PLAY THERAPY
• PHYSICAL THERAPY
• SENSORY INTEGRATION THERAPY
• SPEECH / LANGUAGE THERAPY