NFAR was founded in December 2003 in response to the growing epidemic of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). NFAR’s mission is to promote the development of innovative treatment programs, services and educational options that improve the quality of life for those with autism. Since 2005, NFAR has awarded more than 350 grants totaling nearly $750,000 dollars throughout the San Diego community to positively impact the living and learning environment for thousands of children with autism in San Diego. NFAR’s main fundraising event, the Race for Autism, is held annually in Balboa Park in advance of April’s National Autism Awareness Month.