Bike to the Beach is proud to be a unifying force for the autism and disabilities community and is honored to be able to contribute to the missions of National and Local organizations. It is our goal to support individuals and families with autism and disabilities in the best way that we can. As a result, we focus on supporting Local Support Services, Research, Advocacy, and Awareness. We accomplish this through our balance of partnerships at the local and national level.
- Local Support services – Bike to the Beach donates to over 35 local organizations across the country that provide direct services and opportunities to individuals with autism and disabilities. In the last two years, we have more than doubled the amount of our local giving and the number of organizations that we give to.
- Research – Research is primarily funded through our national partner, Autism Speaks, but local partners also have funded meaningful studies. Research explores how to better serve and support the current and future autism communities. Research covers new therapies, new uses of technology, genetic mapping, and medications. Autism and disabilities is a broad spectrum of commonly overlapping issues, by understanding each facet we can help each unique individual to live a more comfortable life while reaching their potential.
- Advocacy – While our local partners influence initiatives at the grassroots level. Our advocacy efforts are primarily driven through our contributions to Autism Speaks. Their efforts have crafted national and state legislation that covers a broader scope of autism and disabilities under health insurance and has extended coverage to millions. They have also helped with financial reforms at the national level to relieve barriers in financial future planning for families.
- Awareness and Inclusion – All of our partners, along with our corporate partners, and our communications emphasize and try to expand the base of individuals that understand the potential and challenges of autism and disabilities. We believe awareness of every individuals potential leads to more inclusion. We challenge every individual in our community to be an advocate for others and to challenge themselves to grow and do more.
We believe balancing these factors will lead to better outcomes: No piece or individual partner organization can solve the needs of the community on its own, and without any one piece the other factors are left weakened. It is through the work of all of our partners and our events that we can continue to support and build upon each area.
While we acknowledge that no organization is perfect and no effort will come with out its road bumps, we stand behind our partners as they grow and learn as organizations. When we include others, with their differences, and support them reaching their potential, we all become stronger. We believe the unity of the community and the collaboration of national and local organizations will bring empowerment to all.
If you are interested in becoming a partner organization, please reach out to us. If you have questions about any of our current partners, we are happy to discuss and why we value them.