The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Signature Programs

Since 2002, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation has blazed trails in developing and funding community based programs in all aspects of life for adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Partnering and collaborating with leading experts and service providers, our model programs include: employment/vocational training; residential living; the arts; an array of recreational pursuits; health and wellness; social/independent living skills; educational advancement; and entrepreneurial endeavors.

To learn more about specific programs contact us here

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Ignition Grant Programs at UJA Federation of New York

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation is extremely proud to partner with UJA Federation of New York to co-fund and ignite the development of much-needed programs that better the lives of young adults and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Our shared objective is to have the UJA Federation of New York family of service providers take the models that have been developed and implemented by the Ignition Grantees, and use them as blueprints for creating their own such programs.

For more information about the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Ignition Grant Programs and to obtain materials and model blueprints contact the UJA Federation of New York at:

Planning Associate, Caring Commission
UJA Federation of New York
130 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 836-1434
hahn-felixe@ujafedny.org

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Leader in Adult Autism Award

Since its inception in 2016, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Leader in Adult Autism Award is presented annually at the national conference of the Autism Society of America.The purpose of this award is to recognize those individuals, organizations, service providers, employers and professionals who exemplify the attributes of determination and vision that inspire all of us to realize and embrace that adults diagnosed with ASD have diverse strengths and capabilities and that we as a society are enhanced by their talents and contributions. Both the Autism Society of America and The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation believe that opportunities for individuals to live the fullest lives possible are a matter of human rights.

To learn more about the 2016 honoree, Matt Resnik visit http://www.smilebiscotti.com

2017 recipient of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Leader in Adult Autism award was Rising Tide Car Wash.  To learn more about Rising Tide Car Wash, click here.

2018 recipient of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Leader in Adult Autism award was self-advocate and organic gardener, Neal Katz. To learn more about Neal Katz, click here.

The 2019 recipient Kerry Magro is one of the leading advocates, authors and influencers in the Autism community as well as inspiration to many. Kerry was diagnosed as a child with Autism and now uses his first-hand experiences to enlighten the world. To learn more about Kerry Magro, click here.

 

The Danny Fiddle Arts Enrichment Program

The purpose of The Danny Fiddle Arts Enrichment Fund is to create community-based opportunities for Gillen Brewer students to participate in arts related programs and curriculum that will enhance their studies and participation in community life. It is our hope that students for many years to come will enjoy stimulating and educational opportunities in community arts endeavors, just as Danny did as a Gillen Brewer student.

To learn more or donate directly to this program visit the Gillen Brewer website then scroll down to The Danny Fiddle Arts Enrichment Fund

More Signature Programs

Agape Riding Program Teaches Life-Skills
This program located in Cicero, Indiana exemplifies the power that equine therapy has to improve comprehension, listening skills, self-help skills and social skills.  Adults on the spectrum receive that riding instruction in the indoor arena, trail riding with sensory integration activities, crafts and barn activities all designed to empower their independence.
Camp Soar CIT Training Program
West Bergen’s Asperger’s Related Services sponsors Camp SOAR, a day camp for children with ASD. The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation launched the SOAR CIT Training Program in 2009 and it continues today to enable teens and young adults with ASD to be trained and work as Counselors-in-Training (CITs) while mastering vocational and mentoring skills.
Employment in Real Jobs
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation has co-developed programs with leading service providers that offer real world job training and employment for adults. One example of a program we collaborated with was SEARCH Day Program’s Adult Activities Center that offers work experience via contracts from industry as well as off-campus employment opportunities.
The Miracle Project Recording Artists Project
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation created the opportunity for members of the Miracle Project to record  their original music along with Broadway actors in a professional recording studio and get paid for their work as recording artists.
Broadway Adult Autism Center Vocational and Employment Programs
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation and our long time colleagues at Broadway Adult Medical Daycare Program in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, established a wide array of vocational and employment programs tailored to the needs of adults with ASD who require more support to work.
The Danny Fiddle Arts Enrichment Program
The purpose of The Danny Fiddle Arts Enrichment Fund is to create community-based opportunities for Gillen Brewer students to engage in hands-on art and science related programs and curriculum that will enhance their classroom studies and participation in community life. To learn more or donate directly to this program visit the Gillen Brewer website  
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Leader in Adult Autism Award
Since its inception in 2016, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Leader in Adult Autism Award is awarded annually at the national conference of the Autism Society of America. The purpose of this award is to recognize those individuals, organizations, service providers, employers and professionals who exemplify the attributes of determination and vision that inspire all
Danny’s Red Ball Family Weekends at Camp Bernie
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation and the Ridgewood, New Jersey YMCA developed a program for families at Camp Bernie so that they could enjoy outdoor adventures and arts activities while sharing a mini-vacation that is often so difficult for families to experience. Family respite and support is a lifelong need and is a central aspect
GHA Autism Carolina Farms Residential Farming Program
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation partnered with GHA Autism Supports on Carolina Farms, located in Albemarle, North Carolina, to design and implement a program for adults on the spectrum to realize their dream of living and working in a farming environment.    
Arts Unbound Studio and Gallery Artists Training Program
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation and Arts Unbound Studio and Gallery, located in Orange, New Jersey, developed and implemented an artist training program (sometimes taught by artists on the spectrum) resulting in gallery exhibitions at their galleries and in the community. Artists were able to sell their works, and even launch a pop-up store.
High Point Farm Habitat Fitness Trail
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation believes that quality of life is enhanced by health and wellness. In partnership with Fountain House, Inc., Boy Scouts diagnosed with ASD seeking to attain their Eagle Scout badge, along with Fountain House members, built a two-mile wildlife habitat trail. A few years later, exercise stations and sensory fitness activities were
JCC of Manhattan Dating and Social Group Adaptations Programs
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Ignition Grant created opportunities for participants to  share ideas and challenges relating to forming friendships and dating through a variety of specific support groups including LGBTQ. There were also many experiential opportunities for participants to learn about dating skills, creating an on-line dating profile and improving communication skills in interpersonal