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"...is a welcoming community that works to enhance the lives of children diagnosed with autism and their families."
Based on the autism prevalnce rate of 1 in 110 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009) and 2000 U.S. Census figure of 280 million Americans. This site is for information only and NOT a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
Hi My Name is Jaden. I was diagnosed when I was 2 ½ years old with Autism. Although in the beginning it was a challenge for my family one thing remained the same my love for them, they had to learn I just expressed it differently. I didn't speak or use the potty chair until I was four years old. My family along with my specialists worked with me daily so I could learn how to do those types of things. I can now ask my family to play with trains, build with blocks, play on my iPad and go to the park. Although my words are not clear all the time the love & patience of my family along with the compassion & help shown by the many skilled professionals have helped me to know that I just might be an architect like my mommy says!
Hi My Name is Jaden. I was diagnosed when I was 2 ½ years old with Autism. Although in the beginning it was a challenge for my family one thing remained the same my love for them, they had to learn I just expressed it differently. I didn't speak or use the potty chair until I was four years old. My family along with my specialists worked with me daily so I could learn how to do those types of things. I can now ask my family to play with trains, build with blocks, play on my iPad and go to the park. Although my words are not clear all the time the love & patience of my family along with the compassion & help shown by the many skilled professionals have helped me to know that I just might be an architect like my mommy says!
Research
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys.  The spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children.

Currently, the Autism Society estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 million to $5 million, and that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism (this figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, in addition to related therapeutic services and caregiver costs).
Our Mission
Jaden's Voice is a welcoming community that works to provide services and resources that will enhance the lives of underserved children and their families who have been impacted by Autism. Through the provisions of innovative programs, autism education and support for families through school integration, therapy, recreational activities and advocacy, Jaden's Voice creates a bridge for children, their families and the community. Our mission is to increase the ability of children to succeed, families to be supported and community to be educated on Autism.
Our Vision

Five years ago, my youngest child, Jaden, was diagnosed with Autism. I understood immediately what an enormous challenge this would be for our family. However, I made a commitment to myself, my family, and to Jaden that we would never lower our expectations for him simply because of the challenges that autism may present for him. As I researched and secured services to help Jaden, I quickly realized a deficiency of viable options to meet the needs of less fortunate families facing the same issues. It became apparent to me that unless a family had extensive financial resources, the essential needs of a child with autism could go unaddressed. This realization inspired me to take action and find ways to address the needs of less fortunate families who are facing the challenges of autism: those who are not seeking handouts, but help. These are mothers and fathers who want the same things every parent wants for a child: a fulfilling life lived in pursuit of hopes and dreams. I want to personally thank you in advance for your support in helping to increase Jaden's Voice reach and ability to teach families and our community about Autism. I can attest that the appropriate treatment can improve the quality of life for both children and families. Jaden's life changed for the better and so did our families. Now we want to give every family the same opportunity to access relevant and meaningful services by engaging them to join in one voice until the needs of children and families coping with autism are heard by all.
"Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability @ 1,148% growth rate."
"Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Changes in the California Caseload, An Update June 1987 June 2007." Cavagnaro, Andre T., California Hiealth and Human Services Agency.
This site is for information only and NOT a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
A FEW WORDS from Terri Matthews Mom, CEO & Founder of Jaden's Voice, Inc.
"My name is Terri Matthews, and the passion and pride of my existence are my three amazing children. Each one of them is blessed and uniquely talented in their own way. As a mother, I strive to provide each of my children with opportunities and experiences that will allow them to fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams.""

Terri Matthews
Mom, CEO & Founder of Jaden's Voice, Inc.
B.S Human Resources, Business Management and Law
Terri Matthews
Terri Matthews
Terri Matthews is Founder and CEO of Jaden's Voice. In response to the dilemma faced by these families, she founded a resource called Jaden's Voice in 2010. Prior to founding Jaden's Voice, Ms. Matthews used her skills and talents as a successful entrepreneur and in the corporate arena as a senior level executive with over 15 years of experience in human resources, business strategy, development [..]
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Ed Matthews
Dr. Daniel Lee, Medical Director
Daniel Lee, PsyD, CSP, a licensed clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist, certified Life Coach, and author. Dr. Daniel Lee, who has over15 years of experience in the clinical services arena, is an expert in self-development, motivation, disappointment and change, organizational development, male social/emotional development and psychological evaluation services.
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A FEW WORDS from Terri Matthews Mom, CEO & Founder of Jaden's Voice, Inc.
"My name is Terri Matthews, and the passion and pride of my existence are my three amazing children. Each one of them is blessed and uniquely talented in their own way. As a mother, I strive to provide each of my children with opportunities and experiences that will allow them to fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams."

Terri Matthews
Mom, CEO & Founder of Jaden's Voice, Inc.
B.S Human Resources, Business Management and Law
Terri Matthews
Terri Matthews
Terri Matthews is Founder and CEO of Jaden's Voice. In response to the dilemma faced by these families, she founded a resource called Jaden's Voice in 2010. Prior to founding Jaden's Voice, Ms. Matthews used her skills and talents as a successful entrepreneur and in the corporate arena as a senior level executive with over 15 years of experience in human resources, business strategy, development [..]
Read Full Bio
Ed Matthews
Dr. Daniel Lee, Medical Director
Daniel Lee, PsyD, CSP, a licensed clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist, certified Life Coach, and author. Dr. Daniel Lee, who has over15 years of experience in the clinical services arena, is an expert in self-development, motivation, disappointment and change, organizational development, male social/emotional development and psychological evaluation services.
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Sponsors
A big thank you to the following companies and people who have helped Jaden’s Voice successfully reach families.
• LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles Running Back
• Jamal Williams #76 – Retired San Diego Chargers
• BOD Entertainment
• Philadelphia Soul
Partners
The organizations that we partner with have demonstrated a community-centered approach, excellent financial reporting and an in depth knowledge of Autism.
• Drexel University – Research of Autism Institute
• N-PSY-T Psychological Services – Clinical Service Provider
• Beckett Life Center
• Shades of Greatness, Inc
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
Jaden’s Voice is a welcoming and thriving community of volunteers who support Jaden’s Voice by offering their time, expertise, passion and experiences. As an organization, our existence is based on the willing hands that carry out our mission at events, during programs and more. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact info@jadensvoice.org
Get Involved
There are several ways to support us for free.
• Post a selfie on Jaden's Voice Facebook page with a sign that says "Thank You Jaden's Voice. I'm Aware."
• Tweet "I'm Aware Now, Thank you Jaden's Voice"
• Register online through our website

Opportunities to volunteer for 2014 events
• March 15, 2014: Ultimate Play Date – Academy of Natural Science
• April 19, 2014: Philadelphia Soul – Autism Awareness Event

Get Involved
Parents & Professionals
If you would like to share your special moments about your child with autism, have a great tip for parents and professionals, want to share an encouraging word, testimonial or funny story, please upload a video or picture or a message.

Visit our Facebook page and post it on our twitter account.
become a part of the team!
Jadens Voice hires professionals that are compassionate and want to help enhance the lives of our children and their families that have been impacted by Autism. We currently do not have any open positions, please check back with us for future opportunities.  
"Only 56% of students with
Autism finish High School."
(Wagner. M., et al. An Overview of FIndings from Wave 2 of the National Transition Study, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA).
This site is for information only and NOT a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
Programs
Our work. Jaden’s Voice Foundation consists of two distinct initiatives: Jaden Cares Program and Jaden’s Family Care Program.

The Jaden Cares Program addresses the physical and the support service needs for children and their families who are living with autism. Jaden's Voice plans to establish a single location that offers services for Sensory, Occupational, and Behavioral therapy while exploring the child's gifts and talents in extra curricular activities like art, music and sports. This all-inclusive, integrated health care model of support for children and adults will offer multiple resources including referrals, case management services, training, and technical assistance. As of today, in the Philadelphia area, there does not exist a comprehensive treatment facility that has the ability to make all of these services available in one location. The current treatment model requires families addressing the challenges of caring for and supporting a child affected by autism to stretch their current personal resources because they have to make constant, multiple trips to obtain necessary care and services. Providing a "one stop shop" is advantageous for these families because the comprehensive treatment facility will help to develop children who live rich, fulfilling lives, while still having time to attend to other necessary responsibilities, such as work responsibilities and the care of other children. In essence, the goal of the Jaden Cares Program is to create a community that works together to improve each child's quality of life in an intentional, precise manner, while simultaneously supporting the people who are most pivotal to the child's success and enrichment, parents and key caregivers.

The Jaden's Family Care component of the Foundation will focus on providing advocacy, outreach services, such as parent developed and led support groups and educational opportunities to better equip those individuals who have the responsibility of raising a child with autism. By sponsoring a variety of community events, Jaden's Family Care will increase awareness of autism and the programs we have to offer to children and their families. Jaden's Family Care will also work to ensure that families have safe, supportive environments in which to interact with their child and with others. For example, we plan to establish a resource database for families who are searching for autism friendly environments (i.e., safe, public places where families can be together with without facing the anxiety of how strangers and staff might react to a child having a "moment" publicly). Such resources are critical to families in helping them to meet their child's special need while also engaging in everyday activities that are essential to family life. Jaden's Voice will cultivate these autism friendly environments by providing additional training will be provided to professionals and community members who work with children with Autism.
Programs
Our work Jaden's Voice Foundation consists of two distinct initiatives: Jaden Cares Program and Jaden's Family Care Program.

The Jaden Cares Program addresses the physical and the support service needs for children and their families who are living with autism. Jaden's Voice plans to establish a single location that offers services for Sensory, Occupational, and Behavioral therapy while exploring the child's gifts and talents in extra curricular activities like art, music and sports. This all-inclusive, integrated health care model of support for children and adults will offer multiple resources including referrals, case management services, training, and technical assistance. As of today, in the Philadelphia area, there does not exist a comprehensive treatment facility that has the ability to make all of these services available in one location. The current treatment model requires families addressing the challenges of caring for and supporting a child affected by autism to stretch their current personal resources because they have to make constant, multiple trips to obtain necessary care and services. Providing a "one stop shop" is advantageous for these families because the comprehensive treatment facility will help to develop children who live rich, fulfilling lives, while still having time to attend to other necessary responsibilities, such as work responsibilities and the care of other children. In essence, the goal of the Jaden Cares Program is to create a community that works together to improve each child's quality of life in an intentional, precise manner, while simultaneously supporting the people who are most pivotal to the child's success and enrichment, parents and key caregivers.

The Jaden's Family Care component of the Foundation will focus on providing advocacy, outreach services, such as parent developed and led support groups and educational opportunities to better equip those individuals who have the responsibility of raising a child with autism. By sponsoring a variety of community events, Jaden's Family Care will increase awareness of autism and the programs we have to offer to children and their families. Jaden's Family Care will also work to ensure that families have safe, supportive environments in which to interact with their child and with others. For example, we plan to establish a resource database for families who are searching for autism friendly environments (i.e., safe, public places where families can be together with without facing the anxiety of how strangers and staff might react to a child having a "moment" publicly). Such resources are critical to families in helping them to meet their child's special need while also engaging in everyday activities that are essential to family life. Jaden's Voice will cultivate these autism friendly environments by providing additional training will be provided to professionals and community members who work with children with Autism.
Autism Support
The Promise - We promise to provide support for families and resources that connect and educate.

Support for Families
Jaden’s Voice provides individual and group interventions for parents, children and care takers who are impacted by Autism
• Support groups for parents, care takers and siblings
• Parental, Care takers and siblings training classes
• Group Interventions Summary PDF


Support for the Community
Jaden’s Voice provides training and consultation services for organizations that are interested in developing an Autism friendly environment. The types of services include:
• Competency training for professionals
• Sensitivity training for companies/organizations
• Resource Linkages and Support Service Consultation
• Consultation and Technical Assistance for Creating a Continuum of Care
• Consultation for creating employment opportunities for Autistic adults
Advocacy for Families
Jaden’s Voice provides consultation and support to parents in reviewing educational records, identifying gaps in service provision, as well as, working to identify appropriate programming for children and adults with special needs.

Additional services include:
• Assistance in crisis management prevention and intervention, especially for families managing special needs children and adults, with an emphasis on children and adults with developmental disabilities and Autism
• Collaborative case management and resource coordination, including transition and discharge planning (including referral to other school and community resources)
• Provision of onsite programming and home based visitation and intervention supports, where indicated
Program Principles
Jaden's Care Model follows these principles:
• Self-Management Support: Our clinicians work with the family to define child-specific treatment goals and to develop a whole-child care plan.
• Shared-Decision Making: Our clinicians involve parents in decision making concerning their child's treatment and ongoing care.
• Delivery System Design: Our system of care is designed to allow for ongoing tracking of patient progress and regular follow-up, with clearly defined goals and health outcomes.
• Multidisciplinary Team: Our team embodies a full range of expertise in autism healthcare.
• Coordination of Care: Our teams provide your child with streamlined and coordinated access to specialized therapies, behavioral interventions, community and educational interventions and other related resources.
• Decision Support: We assist families with decision making processes based on evidence-based practice guidelines and continually update our staff about advances in the field of autism treatment.[SP9]
AUTISM EDUCATION, RESOURCES & FAQ
Define Autism - Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that there is a wide degree of variation in the way it affects people. Every child on the autism spectrum has unique abilities, symptoms, and challenges. Learning about the different autism spectrum disorders will help you better understand your own child, get a handle on what all the different autism terms mean, and make it easier to communicate with the doctors, teachers, and therapists helping your child.

What does Autism look like?
Autism Speaks' multi-year Ad Council public service advertising campaign stresses the importance of recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention services. Recent research confirms that appropriate screening can determine whether a child is at risk for autism as young as one year. While every child develops differently, we also know that early treatment improves outcomes, often dramatically. Studies show, for example, that early intensive behavioral intervention improves learning, communication and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.

PDF for Red Flag Indicator
A Parent's Guide to Symptoms and Diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum
Parent Guide for Autism

National Autism Resources
PA Resources
• Medicaid Waiver Program http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/learnaboutdpw/waiverinformation/index.htm
• Social Security Disability http://www.ssa.gov/pgm/disability.htm
• Office of Developmental Disabilities Programs http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/dpworganization/officeofdevelopmentalprograms
• Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services http://dbhids.org
• N-PSY-T Psychological Services www.n-psy-t.com

**IMPORTANT** This website is for informational purposes only. The organizations contained herein are not endorsed or recommended by Jaden's Voice. As with anything else, please do your due diligence and research before selecting an organization for treatment and/or services.
"1% of the population of children in the US ages 3-17 have an Autism spectrum disorder."
Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England," Report from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007, a survey carried out for the United Kingdom NHS Information Centre for health and social care. This site is for information only and NOT a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
How Jaden's Voice vowed to conquer autism
portrait
On July 6, 2013, we launched the Minus Autism campaign, a campaign that continues to inspire us to conquer autism and overcome challenges. On July 6 and beyond, we vow to never allow autism to control our thoughts, our actions or our outcomes. We are greater!

The Work
Since the initial planning of Jaden's Voice, we were committed to educating young families. With that in mind, we dedicated our energy to creating and implementing programs that worked to bridge the gap between families and service providers.

Immersion in The Minus Factor
With the development of new brands, we sought to immerse a campaign element into each of our efforts that insured our success!

The Minus Factor
We seek to establish connections with other brands around the world, using online systems and social media as a way to connect, inspire and impact change in local communities. Taking the challenge ourselves, we are creating a better tomorrow.
How Jaden's Voice vowed to conquer autism
portrait
On July 6, 2013, we launched the Minus Autism campaign, a campaign that continues to inspire us to conquer autism and overcome challenges. On July 6 and beyond, we vow to never allow autism to control our thoughts, our actions or our outcomes. We are greater!

The Work
Since the initial planning of Jaden's Voice, we were committed to educating young families. With that in mind, we dedicated our energy to creating and implementing programs that worked to bridge the gap between families and service providers.

Immersion in The Minus Factor
With the development of new brands, we sought to immerse a campaign element into each of our efforts that insured our success!

The Minus Factor
We seek to establish connections with other brands around the world, using online systems and social media as a way to connect, inspire and impact change in local communities. Taking the challenge ourselves, we are creating a better tomorrow.
"Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention."
Autism Society estimate, using Government Accounting Office Report on Autism 2007.
This site is for information only and NOT a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

JADEN'S VOICE IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) CHARITY. (C) 2013.