You Are in Control

There is much we, as individuals, cannot control. I am sure you can come up with your own long list of things that are out of your control. During times when you feel out of control, like now during the COVID-19 pandemic when there are so many unknowns and all of the rules of engagement have been...

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Launches Endowed Fund to Focus on Lifelong Family Support

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, for nearly two decades, has focused its all-volunteer organization’s mission on every aspect of adult life from employment to the arts to health and wellness to residential and recreational endeavors. An integral aspect of the Foundation’s mission has always...

The Crisis of Incompetency

During the past several years you have undoubtedly read about what some have called an “autism crisis” or “autism Tsunami” referring to the increasingly large population of children who are diagnosed with autism that are aging to adulthood. Is this the actual “crisis” we should be...

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Announces Groundbreaking Initiatives at Yale School of Medicine and University of Miami CARD

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation (DJFF), the nation’s first not-for-profit organization to focus exclusively on adults living with autism, has launched two groundbreaking initiatives designed to enrich the lives of autistic individuals throughout their lifespan. With endowment gifts of...

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation’s “NYC Overload Project” Creates Employment for Singer/Songwriters

Envisioning and then creating innovative employment opportunities for adults living with Autism has always been a hallmark of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation’s mission. Last spring, while attending a performance by participants from The Miracle Project New York, the seeds of another new...

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation’s Latest Signature Programs Focus on Supporting by Educating Adults Living with Autism

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle (DJF) Foundation has entered its second decade of developing, advocating for and funding unique and groundbreaking initiatives that benefit the lives of adults living with autism spectrum. Exciting new collaborations with the nation’s leading advocacy organizations and...

Autism and Epilepsy – What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and How We Are Creating Awareness

People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have a shorter life expectancy than the general population mostly because of various co-morbid medical conditions that affect their health. We do not know why but young people, those with severe intellectual disabilities, and females are at greater risk....

An Inside Look At the Grant Assessment Process

Assessing grant proposals is one of the most exciting and challenging aspects of running a not-for-profit organization whose mission includes awarding grants. The challenges of writing great guidelines, operating efficiently and reviewing requests fairly require a focused vision of the goals of the...

Closer to the Dream of a Brighter Future for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In 2002, when The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation developed its first three programs for adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and awarded grants to support them, no one in the autism community was talking about adults with autism. That was the point. During my son Danny’s...

Strategies for Effective Advocacy

How can one person’s voice make a difference? That question is often posed, or at least thought about by most people. You read something in the paper and know for a fact it is misinformation; you hear about an incident that reeks of injustice; you are personally impacted by thoughtless and...