Mission & Vision

Our mission is to help children and adults with enduring intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in the community and function at their highest potential.

We envision a community in which people with enduring intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities are engaged fully and meaningfully in all aspects of community life.

How We Do It

The primary way we support our vision is to provide grants to community partners who will implement the Foundations vision on a practical level. The Foundations grants support nonprofit organizations with their programs, capital needs and operations in our five priority initiatives as well as related opportunities that enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

Our Initiatives

Education & Employment

Supporting access to educational resources and activities to be successful learners, both academically and in developing life skills, that offer individuals with disabilities equal opportunity for meaningful employment.

Transportation

Pursuing opportunities for accessible, affordable community transportation increasing access to locations throughout the community for individuals with disabilities.

Promoting Social Enrichment

Seeking inclusive and accessible social, recreational and creative programs that engage and inspire individuals with disabilities.

Early Diagnosis & System Navigation

Exploring programs that recognize and diagnose disabilities early to achieve each individuals highest potential, providing easy access and information to assist families and care givers, and gaining better understanding of effective therapies for individuals with disabilities.

Housing

Broadening opportunities for safe, secure and affordable housing that provides a variety of beneficial living environments for individuals with disabilities.

Our Story

AWS Foundation was founded in 2007. We are an independent organization created by corporate changes made in the business operations of AWS/Anthony Wayne Services, now named Benchmark Human Services. The Foundation exists as a separate not-for-profit entity in support of the disability community.

Since it began grant making in 2009, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $38 million to more than 190 not-for-profit organizations. AWS Foundation also strives to engage the community through advocacy and awareness efforts and to be a useful resource to both service providers and families facing the challenges of enduring disabilities.

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