Heart of Autism is a non-profit 501c3 Frisco organization whose primary contributions to the DFW community are through fundraising in support of the autism community.
For 2017, Heart Of Autism Committee members have committed to raise $60,000. These funds will support Autism Research, Adult Services and Intervention Services to give families hope for a healthier future. Our organization’s ability to continue to raise money is due in large part to the kind support of individual donors who believe in our mission, as well as sponsorships and grants from generous establishments.
Dedicated to finding the causes, effective treatments and a cure for autism, Heart Of Autism was founded in June of 2013 by Nika Arastoupour whose son, Mazy, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2 in 2012. Funds raised will go towards research to help find the cause and cure for Autism and to fund scholarships to underprivileged families touched by autism who cannot afford therapy and provide grants for adult services via local businesses.
“We pride ourselves in being a local grassroots organization run by volunteers only and have raised over $100,000 in only 4 years for the autism community.”
Once autism was thought to affect only one in 10,000 children. Today, it is reported one in 68 children, one in 42 boys, are diagnosed with this devastating neurological disorder that affects families like Nika's, schools, and the community at large. Research, awareness, advocacy and services are critical and we hope you will help us get one step closer to achieving these.
Heart of Autism has received lots of positive media support and recognitions in years past. For example, we were selected to cut the starting line ribbon at Autism Speaks walk in 2014, 2015, AND 2016 that attracts more than 10,000 supporters annually. We were also featured on the front page cover of the Frisco Enterprise Newspaper numerous times and most recently were featured on CW33 with Sarah Strackhouse.
Rogers Healy - Honorary Chair & EmceeRogers Healy, a native Texan, has lived in Dallas for the majority of his life. Before moving to Dallas, Rogers lived in Corpus Christi and San Antonio. Rogers and his family moved from South Texas to Dallas, in the early 1990’s, so he and his sister could attend the Highland Park schools. Rogers instantly fell in love with everything Dallas had to offer, especially the beauty and uniqueness of the homes and neighborhoods. Rogers’ real estate career started in college. More than half of SMU’s students are from out of state, so the students constantly found themselves looking for someone to help them find a place to live. “It is always rewarding helping friends find new places to live. I love being an ambassador for Dallas, it is a personal thrill for me. It was a natural fit to enter the world of real estate. I haven’t looked back since.” For several years, Rogers had the good fortune of being associated with some of the nation's most respected real estate professionals. When the time was right, he started pursuing his dream of owning his own real estate business. Rogers Healy and Associates Residential Real Estate was formed in 2007. The business has been built by taking a non traditional approach, to a traditional business. “Being able to mentor and manage, based on what I truly love about real estate has been the biggest thrill of being a business owner. Our success as a company has been attributed to working among people I have the utmost respect and admiration for.” In 2009, Rogers was named one of the Top 30 Realtors under the age of 30 in the country by Realtor magazine. In the same year, he was invited to be a part of the National Association of Realtor's YPN Advisory Board. in 2009, Rogers was named a finalist for NAR's "Pioneer Award. In 2010, the Dallas Business Journal named RHA one of the "Best Places to Work." In 2011, the Dallas Business Journal named Rogers Healy one the "Top 40 under 40," recognizing DFW's up and coming business leaders. In 2011, the Dallas Morning News named RHA the NUMBER ONE small business to work for and named Rogers the business "Executioner of the year." In 2012, Rogers was named to the Collin County Business Press' "Top 40 under 40.". “Whether you’re looking to rent your first apartment, sell your luxury estate, or you’re looking for a property manager, we can take care of you. The fact that we’re working for our family and friends, makes it that much sweeter.”
Kristin Farmer - 2016 Heart of Autism Distinguished Service AwardThe University of North Texas accepted Farmer in to the Master's program for Special Education in 1993. Her studies were concentrated on behavioral disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Much of Farmer's graduate work supervision was performed by then professor, and current Executive Director of the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, Dr. Kevin C. Callahan. Even before completing her coursework, Farmer began to work privately with families to develop in-home behavior programs. She continued her innovative methods for the public school system in Virginia Beach upon graduation. By 1995, Farmer's classroom had become a model for children with autism for the district and the state. She was a recognized expert in the region for training other teachers on how to work with students with autism. Later in 1995, Farmer relocated to San Diego, California and formed her own company providing behavioral intervention services to individuals with autism. Demand quickly grew. Farmer hired and trained other qualified professionals to assist in the workload. This company evolved in to what is known today as ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services, Inc. dba ACES). Today ACES offers multi-disciplinary services for children with autism in five states, including Texas. The company employs approximately 800 people. September 2012 was a special time for Ms. Farmer. As a loyal alumna of UNT, she publicly attributes her successes of today to the opportunities provided to her by the university. The opening of the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center in September 2012 was the culmination of five years of collaboration between Farmer and university officials in developing a center focused on educating students and professionals in the field, elevating the standards in treatment of autism spectrum disorders, and becoming a top training center for diagnostics and research. Ms. Farmer received the Distinguished Alumna Award from UNT in 2010. She is a member of the UNT Founders Circle and an active member of UNT's Capital Campaign Executive Committee. She was featured in the Fall 2012 alumni publication, The North Texan. Ms. Farmer resides in Dallas, Texas with her children.
2016 Honorary Chair - Shahzad Premjee
Biography is coming soon
Debra Caudy M.D. - 2017 Heart of Autism Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Caudy, originally from upstate New York, came to Dallas in 1982 for training at UT Southwestern Medical School in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. After a successful career with Texas Oncology, she returned to UT Southwestern Medical School where she specialized in the treatment of breast cancer. Debra ultimately retired from the practice of medical oncology. She accepted the challenge of immersing herself in the process of connecting her son with ASD to the best technologies and people to support his growth, including di rect teaching in a home-based therapy and educational program.
Dr. Caudy also worked with the President of UT Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Kern W ildenthal, to raise money for the successful establishment of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) at Southwestern. CADD is a multidisciplinary res ource center and clinic specializing in the clinical challenges of ASD diagnosis, medical treatment, and behavioral management.