Hope Helps is dedicated to promoting local scholarships, research & advocacy to those individuals diagnosed with autism and their families.

Our Story: Hope Helps was originally formed in 2010 as a group of family members working on behalf of one incredible boy, Robert David Kaluzny II. As our family group started working to raise funds to give to other organizations, we realized that all the organizations were not local resources. To get any kind of autism resource; a play group, support group, equipment, etc, you must travel outside of Will and Grundy counties.  That's when it hit us! We're not alone. There must be others out there trying to medle through this diagnosis and need this help! It was at this point that Hope Helps moved from a family working for one little boy to a group of advocates working on behalf of all diagnosed individuals in Will and Grundy counties.  We are now a non-profit organization and 100% of all funds raised goes directly back to serving and advocating for our local autism community through advocacy, scholarships, awareness and special projects.

Starting in 2011, Hope Helps raised a little under $4,000 through large fundraisers and private donations. We were able to give $3,000 to a large research group and the other $1,000 was given through scholarships. We gave out two iPad 2 tablets to be used as communication devices! What an HONOR!!

Since 2011, Hope Helps has nearly tripled our fundraising efforts. We have increased our fundraising events, and continue to strive for more. Dispersing several scholarships since our start date.  Our goals are limitless!
We are working on the building of a 10,000 square foot, fenced in special needs sensory playground in our servicing area that would be inclusive for all abilities. Wheelchair, walker, and support equipment accessible on a pulverized rubber surfacing. Handicap parking and wide sidewalks available. You must THINK BIG to make change!

Hope Helps is comprised of 3 main officers and 6 Board of Directors continuing their education in autism and it's challenges. We currently have 2 officers trained through Wrightslaw in Special Education Law and IEP Advocacy, available to help the community through the transitions of schooling, laws and beyond. Hope Helps officers are available for IEP prep, organizing your files, letter writing, and special training. If you have ANY QUESTIONS regarding what autism is, how it affects you, or ways to help someone affected by autism, please contact us at brittneykaluzny@gmail.com. If we don't know the answer, we'll find someone who does!!

Lastly, our greatest advice to anyone affected by autism is: CELEBRATE THE SMALL VICTORIES!!!!