Autism in Ocala:   We wish to open an Autism center here in Ocala Florida.  As previous board members of Ocala Autism Support Network, we were able to see first hand what families who have children on the Autism Spectrum needed and were missing.  In an effort to be able to provide these services, therapies and assistive devices, KidGenius was born.


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By delsadarline, Sep 4 2015 10:03PM

We are thrilled to see the amazing response we have been getting regarding this years summit! KidGenius believes in the importance of collaboration and we are proud to bring this amazing chance to meet and greet with Temple as well as get answers to questions that pertain to your child or loved one on the spectrum. Just as last year, we have assembled a panel of professionals who can assist you with questions you may have about the resources available to you.

We urge you to purchase your tickets early. The early bird price is only $20.00 until October 1st or until the allotted amount sell out. We are accepting donations to be able to provide tickets for those families registered with KidGenius who are unable to afford it. Thank you to all who have contributed. ‪#‎ittakesavillage‬ Purchase your tickets by clicking on the button below.

VENDORS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS: If you are interested in participating in the Summit, please CLICK HERE

By delsadarline, Mar 31 2015 09:16PM

During the month of April, some will celebrate those in our lives that have autism by permanently showing their support by getting an autism themed tattoo.

Participating tattoo shops donate a portion of the tattoo cost to a local charity that provides autism services. To date, participating shops have raised over $70,000 worldwide.

Locally, our Super Sidekick Tattokah will donate a portion of all autsim inpired tattoos to KidGenius throughout the month of April.

Our 2nd annual Moms Night out will take place on April 16th from 7pm to 10pm. You DO NOT have to get a tattoo but should you wish to, the talented artists of tattookah will be available.

This event is FREE, please RSVP using the eventbrite form below. Last year our moms recieved a much needed night off and even made the font page of the Star Banner Newspaper!

By delsadarline, Mar 19 2015 03:10PM

Special thank you to Mayor Kent Guinn for answering our call to action and PROCLAIMING April 2nd AUTISM AWARENESS DAY in our great city of Ocala. As a SUPER Thank you, our lil heros who are diagnosed with Autism strapped on their capes and presented the Mayor with the BAT PHONE!

WHEREAS, autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the social, communication and behavioral skills of those affected by it, and,

WHEREAS, more health professionals become proficient in diagnosing autism, more children are being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, resulting in rates as high as 1 in 68 children nationally and,

WHEREAS, while there is no cure for autism, it is well-documented that if individuals with autism receive treatment early in their lives, it often is possible for those individuals to lead significantly improved lives, and,

WHEREAS, individuals with autism often require a lifetime of specialized and community support services to ensure their health and safety and to support families’ resilience as they manage the psychological and financial challenges autism presents,

WHEREAS, KidGenius, is spearheading an awareness campaign in order to educate parents, professionals and the general public about autism and its effects in an effort to attract and promote the much needed services our city needs,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, Mayor Kent Guinn do hereby proclaim April 2nd as AUTISM AWARENESS DAY in Ocala, and urge all employees and residents to join the nation in solidarity and Shine a light on Autism by wearing blue on this day, in an effort to show support, encourage acceptance and bring awareness to a “Different-ability” that has increased by 30% since 2012. It takes a village and together we can help build it. Its pure Genius.

By delsadarline, Mar 28 2014 04:02PM

Ink 4 Autism in partnership with Autism Speaks celebrates those in our lives that have autism by permanently showing our support by getting an autism themed tattoo

" Since 2012 over 170 tattoos shops around the world have inked over

450 autism tattoos for charity. 8 different countries participating; Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Romania, Norway, South Africa & Sweden. Over $25,000 raised and donated to autism services."

Angies tattoo is a Golden Snitch from Harry Potter, her sons favorite movie
Angies tattoo is a Golden Snitch from Harry Potter, her sons favorite movie

KidGenius has teamed up with Tattookah here in Ocala to take part in the worldwide initiative. April is National Autism Awareness Month. Tattookah will be donating part of the profits to KidGenius so that we can continue to help families obtain services they could otherwise not afford.

Delsa's has a watercolored humingbird (messenger)  with puzzle piece.
Delsa's has a watercolored humingbird (messenger) with puzzle piece.

Along with this month long awareness campaign, there will be one evening designated for a group of moms to all get Autism themed tattoos at the same time. This will be a powerful evening, on April 15th at 7pm, we will come together in celebration of our children and Ink 4 Autism.

By delsadarline, Mar 14 2014 05:36PM

National Autism Awareness Day is April 2nd . On this day, ask not what you can do for us, but what we can do for you!

On April 2, 2014 we will be spending the evening educating our local community on autism and invoking discussions as to how we can help our community receive earlier intervention.

By delsadarline, Mar 13 2014 01:41AM

The Autism Parent summit set out to provide provide parents with the practical tools needed to address the needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. The panelconsisted of experts from a wide range of disciplines that are qualified to address concerns about issues affecting individuals on the autism spectrum. Topics included: Diagnosing, Effective Forms of Therapies, Nutrition, Education/IEP, Safety, Social Skills, and Transition to adulthood. Parents had a chance to ask questions that pertained specifically to their child.

A special thank you to all who were able to make it. We are especially greatful to the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition for providing us with an amazing facility to host this much needed event.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the members of the panel.