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Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Mississippi

A BBB Accredited Charity since 10/13/2009


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Business Address: 5207 Hwy 37
Taylorsville, MS 39168

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Original Business Start Date: 6/26/2001
Type of Entity: Charity/NonProfit
Phone Number:
(601) 782-9005
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Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets all those standards.


TEAAM, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of Mississippians with an Autism Spectrum Disorder by cultivating and enhancing family and community supports.

Guiding Principles of TEAAM:
-To provide an organization promoting cooperation among those involved in parenting, direct services, training, and research in the area of autism spectrum disorders.
-To support the highest standards of services, training, and research in the area of autism spectrum disorder.
-To encourage research and to disseminate knowledge in the area of autism spectrum disorders.
-To encourage the recruitment and development of those who work on behalf of people with autism spectrum disorders and to increase student interest in the area of autism spectrum disorder.
-To review and influence public policies in order to promote the welfare of people with autism spectrum disorders, their families, and those who work on their behalf.
-To promote the development of appropriate community based services for people with autism spectrum disorders.



Kamp Kaleidoscope

Summer Camp Program for Youth ages 7 to 17

Kamp Kaleidoscope is an inclusive summer camp program providing summer camp fun for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The camp is attended by children diagnosed with ASD and their neuro-typical peers providing a fun and educational summer experience. Kamp Kaleidoscope was founded by Dr. Mark H. Yeager and was developed to meet the summer program needs of children with ASD who were either not accepted to other camps due to their diagnosis or space was not available. The basis for the camp is steeped deep in the concept of socialization with neuro-typical peers. The need to develop these skills is found at the center of all activities conducted at the camp.

Camp staff include full time members who are autism specialist, behavior management specialist, physicians, nurses, occupational therapist, equestrian enthusiast, psychologist, music therapist, educators, speech pathologist, outdoor specialist and folks that just want to have fun. Each camper has an assigned counselor who is under the guidance of a lead counselor trained in the “Kamp Kaleidoscope Method”.

Camp Walapei

Program for Youth Adults and Adults ages 18 and up

Camp Walapei is a Summer program for individuals with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder who are 18 years of age or older.  The programs include a strong emphasis on Music, Arts and Crafts, Horseback Riding and making friends.  This program is conducted by TEAAM staff and volunteers and offers a similar experience that Kamp Kaleidoscope provides but with age appropriate and less rigorous demands on each camper.  Participants of Camp Walapei are often "graduates" of Kamp Kaleidoscope so this Camp offers this group an ongoing opportunity to participate in outdoor adventure and fun.



Adventure based program for youth ages 12 to 20

TEAAM's ARAY program is a series of weekend retreats that are theme driven.  ARAY (Adventures in Recreation for All Youth) is an adventure-based program developed for teenagers with autism spectrum disorders, and related developmental disabilities and their neuro-typical peers (ages 12 to 20).  Participants will experience adventurous weekends that focus on introducing new and exciting opportunities to learn, have fun and make friends.  Sessions include:  Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Wildlife Observation, Bird Study, Insect Study, Botany, Astonomy and Wilderness Survival. 

Adventures without Boundaries

Program for young adults and adults, ages 18 and up

Adventures without Boundaries is the companion retreat program to ARAY.  Programs will focus on more adult based outdoor programs.  Some of the programs will include wildlife land and wildlife management.  Noted wildlife management professionals will assist in designing each of these programs.  Along with land management, projects will include but not be limited to; development and maintenance of wildlife food plots, secure nesting and bedding areas, as well as water and wetland development.  All on-site adventures will be theme driven and will be designed to meet the needs while providing the supports for the adventurers.  If this is not of interest to some potential participants, no fear.  Other less rigorous programs are being developed to meet the needs of individuals that are adventurers of a different type.  Programs such as scrap-booking, photography, and other programs of interest to participants.

Family Training Retreats

TEAAM's family retreats are designed to assist families in addressing the circumstances they are facing with their diagnosed child.  The retreats also offer an opportunity to meet others that are dealling with the same circumstances.  Through this network, many participants are able to establish their own supports through newly made friends.

Self-Advocacy Retreats

TEAAM's Self-Advocacy Retreats target one of the least addressed issues in the field of autism spectrum disorder, personal development toward independence.  At the Self-Advocacy Retreats, individuals develop new friends both with and without autism.  The Retreats create a forum for an indivudual to begin to understand their own set of challenges and empowers them to overcome them with appropriate supports.


TEAAM's Board of Directors sponsors many of TEAAM's retreats in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America.  The Scouting programs offer great opportunities for everyone to achieve new goals and experience a world of learning.  Programs that are conducted through BSA programs require an annual registration fee.  The Center Ridge Outpost is the proud home of:  Unit 55; Pack 55, Troup 55, and Venturing Crew 55.


Board Size:6
Paid Staff:1

Fundraising Methods

TEAMM uses direct mail solicitations, advertisements, radio appeals, grant proposals, contributions & gifts, membership dues and special events such as the Annual Walk for Autism, Annual Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders and One Piece At a Time to help fund the organization.

Financial Summary

According to the IRS Form 990 for the Fiscal Year ended 12/31/2010:

Total Income $315,732.00
Total Expenses $209,733.00
Gain/Loss for the Year $105,999.00

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $149,954.00 71.50%
Fund Raising $985.00 0.47%
Administrative $58,794.00 28.03%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $154,924.00 49.07%
Program Service Revenue $160,493.00 50.83%
Dividends $315.00 0.10%

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Additional Information

TEAAM is a non-profit, volunteer organization comprised of parents, family members, educators and service providers interested in the field of Autism. Focused on enhancing the service potential for Mississippians with autism, as well as those who serve them and those who support them, our organization is dedicated to improving the understanding of Autism through extensive training. TEAAM is also focused on being Mississippi's central source of information regarding Autism related services and resources.

Trainings Provided by TEAAM are the Mississippi Autism Summit in November & Annual Conference on Austism Spectrum Disorders in January.

In 2012, TEAAM's Statewide Chapter Network has continued to grow.  TEAAM, through a continuing grant from Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities establishes local chapters to provide organized support to families.  It's TEAAM's plan to have Chapters throughout the state that are accessible to all who need support.

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Customer Complaint History

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BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

Government Action(s)

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BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

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TEAMM uses direct mail solicitations, advertisements, radio appeals, grant proposals, contributions & gifts, membership dues and special events such as the Annual Walk for Autism, Annual Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders and One Piece At a Time to help fund the organization.

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