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Autism Action Partnership


Improving the quality of life of persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families through education, advocacy and support, thereby enabling them to be an integral part of the community.

Autism Action Partnership (AAP)…

has served the needs of the Nebraska autism community for over a decade. Over that time, the diagnosis and prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has grown significantly, worldwide and locally. In 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a new study indicating 1 in 54 children are being diagnosed with ASD, which is nearly 2% of all children. With the growing population has come a greater array of needs and a greater demand of services for individuals with autism and their families. AAP remains dedicated to serving the autism community (of all ages), as well as creating a more inclusive and sensory-friendly community for those affected by autism to enjoy.

Our three core areas of programming are Education, Workforce Development and Enrichment and Inclusion providing critical services to thousands of families every year. Those we serve include: students needing to improve their social skills (Circle of Friends), adults securing permanent employment (PACE), families seeking enrichment opportunities (Making Memories), professionals wanting to provide sensory-friendly services (Be SAFE, Project Lifesaver), and businesses looking to be more inclusive. In 2020, as a direct response to the pandemic, AAP created and distributed over 1000 Activity Kits to families across the state in order to help ensure the advancement and development of their loved one(s) with autism while schools were closed. Also, AAP continues to be the only Certified Autism Center (designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) in Omaha Metro Area, and shares this designation with only one other organization in Nebraska.


GIVING opportunities:  

  • A Vintage Affaire annual fundraiser
  • Omaha Gives!
  • Autism Awareness Month

Volunteer opportunities:  

  • AAP Guild
  • Making Memories Event
  • PACE Advantage (Career-Readiness Training)


  • Social/enrichment activities for families
  • Employment opportunities for PACE participants



10110 Nicholas St., Ste. 202 • Omaha, NE 68114

Phone (402) 763-8830

Executive Director: Justin Dougherty

Board President: Gail Werner-Robertson

Guild President: Rita Hamele

To volunteer or to donate call: (402) 763-8830 Ext. 1001


Featured Event: A Vintage Affaire XIII

Date: September 25, 2021

Event Description/Theme: Vintage Affaire generates financial support for our statewide and local programs. We host a silent and live auction, and dinner. We will also present our annual Help is Hope Award to an individual or group who has demonstrated selfless support of autism services and awareness throughout Nebraska.

Location: Embassy Suites Conference Center – La Vista

Time: 5pm

Honorary Chairs: Anne and Ken Bird

Ticket Prices: Visit

Attire: Cocktail

Silent Auction: Yes

Oral Auction: Yes

Event Contact:

(402) 763-8830 Ext. 1002

Other Fundraising Events:

World Autism Awareness Day – April 2, 2021

Nonprofit Profile