Yale College

Yale for Autism Awareness (YFAA) was revitalized in 2011 as an Autism Science Foundation student club. YFAA is an undergraduate organization that works to spread awareness on campus and help improve the lives of those affected by autism through community service and fundraising. Members volunteer at local programs Chapel Haven, Benhaven, and Oliver Road with teens and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Additionally, YFAA has hosted several educational events, including a Master’s Tea with ASF President and Yale graduate Alison Singer, a Master’s Tea with Judith Ursitti about autism health care reform and legislation, and a panel discussion with Dr. Fred Volkmar and Dr. James McPartland about the new diagnostic criteria for autism featured in the DSM-V. At the end of each semester, YFAA teams up with the famous local ice cream store Ashley’s for a fundraiser supporting the Autism Science Foundation.