Autism Ambassadors

Autism is a pervasive condition that affects millions of children in the United States and abroad. This year, 1 out of every 64 children will be diagnosed with one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), according to researchers at the University of Cambridge. Many of these children will struggle socially and academically in the school system. Autism Ambassadors helps students with special needs succeed socially and academically in their environment.

Autism Ambassadors gives every student the opportunity to have -- and be -- a friend.

Vision Statement

To allow every student to participate in school to the fullest of their ability.

Mission Statement

Autism is a pervasive condition that affects millions of children in the United States and abroad. This year, 1 out of every 64 children will be diagnosed with one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), according to researchers at the University of Cambridge. Many of these children will struggle socially and academically in the school system. Autism Ambassadors helps students with special needs succeed socially and academically in their environment.

Autism Ambassadors History

The idea for Autism Ambassadors was conceived during the summer of 2008 by Zak Kukoff. When Zak was about three, a family member was diagnosed with Autism. For four years, Zak saw how she was mistreated and maligned in the classroom. Years later, when recalling his family member’s negative experience, Zak came up with the idea for Autism Ambassadors and, with the help of a psychologist, developed a curriculum to teach typical children how better interact with their peers with Autism. Currently, the Autism Ambassadors program is being implemented in over 25 schools everywhere from Alaska to Australia. Autism Ambassadors is not only implemented in schools — it is also being implemented in numerous summer camps, community centers, and places of worship as well.