Our Annual Walkathon

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Our "Open Your Heart To Autism" Walk-a-Thon will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Proviso West High School, 4701 W. Harrison, Hillside, IL 

We are requesting your support as a Fundraiser, Sponsor, Vendor, or Donor. All proceeds raised during this event will be used in support of the various programs we provide for our families and community.

For the last decade we've worked diligently to enhance the lives of the families that we serve, and we know all too well that this is not something we can accomplish alone. With government funding being cut regularly, we rely on thoughtful, committed citizens like you to support our efforts to serve those impacted by Autism and Developmental Disorders. In 2018, we are evermore committed to delivering much needed resources, throughout the Chicagoland area - providing:

  • Monthly support groups that host guest facilitators, Provide information on resources and create dialogue for discussion and support.
  • Family outings and Peer Dances that provide educational opportunities to teach and practice acceptable public behaviors and socialization skills.
  • 1st Responder Trainings - teaching the signs and symptoms of Autism
  • Trainings for Staff at local Municipalities, Park Districts, and Community Businesses.
  • Bullying Prevention Program “BULLYING is not THE ANSWER”
  • Music N Me exercise, nutrition and dance program.
  • Sponsor children and young adults, to "Special Camps for Special Citizens" a Horseback riding camp in Winfield, IL.
  • Spectrum University Tutoring Program for Special Needs Young Adults.


As you consider "Opening Your Heart To Autism" please keep in mind that a contribution of ANY kind is greatly appreciated and a portion of all donations is tax deductible.

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I pray that you take a second to browse some of  "What We Do" and that you will find yourself encouraged to come out and join us on Saturday, May 5, 2018 --- as we continue in our commitment to being The Best Autism Awareness and Support Agency in the Chicagoland Area, delivering on our promise to the families that we serve.

The Answer Inc. is a 501c3 N.F.P. organization that is dedicated to improving and enriching the quality of life of families and caregivers impacted by Autism and/or other Developmental Disorders by providing support, resources, education, recreation and advocacy.  Our goal is to de-stigmatize societies’ opinion of people with Autism and Developmental Disorder and empower families.



Meet our awesome board members as well as some of our fantastic families and community partners, without whom we could not do the wonderful works that we do.



Learn about the wonderful programs and services that we offer to help support families dealing with Autism and other special needs.



Be a part of "The Answer" by Opening Your Heart to Autism Today. Your support is the only way that we are able to continue doing the wonderful works that we do.

Our Support Services


Our “Just For Men” support group caters to the needs of the fathers dealing with individuals with autism or other mental impairments. Researchers found that fathers of adolescents and young adults with autism experience high levels of depression and are pessimistic about what the future holds for their child. Men are more socialized to just soldier on & the resultant emotional isolation can easily foster depression.  This group is male facilitated to allow a safe place to open up and connect with other men in the same situation. Which reinforces the sanctity of fatherhood as role models for other fathers in our community. Free respite care for children is provided at meetings the second Saturday of every month.

Our Spectrum University Program


More than a third of young adults on the autism spectrum are neither working nor in college. Young adults on the autism spectrum experience unique challenges in finding work or enrolling in appropriate educational opportunities after leaving high school. The Answer Inc. facilitates Autism friendly employers and connects them with eligible applicants to become part of community life.

To help address this need Spectrum University ( our tutoring program for special needs young adults) services participants --- ages 18 to 40 --- impacted by autism/developmental disorders. 

Fundraisers like the walkathon allow us to continue providing these much needed programs and is with that need in mind that we ask you to:

Commit to "Being A Part Of The Answer" in 2018 and Open Your Heart To Autism Today --- BY supporting this year's walkathon, and...

Our  MUSIC n ME  Program


Sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits can influence behavior, academic performance and social interactions. Our MUSIC n ME Nutrition, Dance and Exercise Class is a program combining fitness, social interaction, expression and the opportunity to explore nutritious foods. Improved mobility and making better food choices are important and beneficial for long term health and well-being. The group experience teaches patience, listening to instruction and the valuable skill of working your way around a kitchen.

Our Recreational Events


Our group travels beyond the local community to experience a variety of fun recreational activities. Outings include: theater, sporting events, peer dances, and horseback riding camp! 

Horseback Riding Camp

A significant amount of the funds from the walkathon - our largest fundraiser of the year -goes toward providing scholarships for equine assisted therapy camp. Riders develop balance and rhythm from the movement, in which the child indirectly learns how to focus better, tactile senses are stimulated, motor skills are also developed in grooming and there is an increase in self-confidence, which increases the desire and willingness to learn skills at home and/or at school. Learning is no longer scary, but fun, interesting and rewarding. 

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Other recreational events include:




Our February Valentine Dance

Our June Dance Fever Event

Our July Mothers of The Midwest Brunch

Our September Gala

Our December Steppers Delight

Funds from the walkathon allows us to continue providing Family outings and Peer Dances throughout the year that foster educational opportunities to teach and practice acceptable public behaviors and socialization skills.

Commit to "Being A Part Of The Answer" in 2018 and Open Your Heart To Autism Today --- BY supporting this year's walkathon, and...

Our Latest News & Announcements


If you are simply looking for some "good works" to support in your community, you have come to the right place. We invite you to "Be a part of the Answer" today - because it is contributions from thoughtful committed citizens like yourself, that allow us to fund our programming efforts and continue to provide much needed resources, activities, and outlets for Children and Parents of Children with Autism and other Developmental Disorders.  

Click the "Open Your Heart to Autism" button below and we will be sure to send you a special thank you gift as a small gesture of how much your donation means to The Answer Inc and each and every mother and child that make up the community that we serve.

Forever Hopeful,

Debra Vines, Founder/Executive Director