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Name: Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation
Phone: (877) 806-0635
Address: 228 W Lincoln HWY # 301
Schererville, IN 46375
Report Expiration Date: September 2, 2014
Principal: Mr. Michael Slutsky, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Mr. Michael Slutsky, Executive Director - (877) 806-0635
Entity: Non-Profit Domestic Corporation
Incorporated: March 2007, DE
File Open Date: October 2010
Type of Business: Charity - Local

Additional DBA Names

Autistic Children of America
Autism Awareness Program
Autism Disorder Foundation

BBB Comments

Despite written Better Business Bureau requests in the past year, this organization either has not provided current information or has declined to be evaluated in relation to the BBB's charity standards. While participation in the BBB's charity review efforts is voluntary, the BBB believes that this lack of cooperation may demonstrate a lack of commitment to transparency. Without the requested information, the BBB cannot verify if the charity adheres to the BBB charity standards. A charity's willing disclosure of information beyond that typically included in its financial statements and government filings is, in the Alliance's view, an expression of openness that strengthens public trust in the charitable sector.

The BBB reports on charities and determines if they meet 20 standards on matters such as charity finances, appeals and governance. The BBB does not evaluate the worthiness of a charitable program.

The report is not intended to recommend or deprecate, and is furnished solely to assist you in exercising your own judgment. An organization may change its practices at any time without notice. The Better Business Bureau is a registered service mark of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.

Additional Contact Information

Additional Addresses
228 W Lincoln Highway #301
Schererville, IN  46375

PO Box 2948
Hagerstown, MD  21741-2948

Additional Phone Numbers
Tel: (866) 582-7634
Tel: (866) 747-7691
Tel: (866) 401-1575

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