About Us

Manisha Mahesh Lad and Mahesh Vinakay Lad established Akhil Autism Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) in 2008 after their only son, Akhil, was diagnosed with autism. Manisha  and Mahesh understand the emotional and financial hardships families impacted with autism experience and founded the Akhil Autism Foundation to help other families receive access to therapy and treatments that they could not otherwise afford.

Focus started with India as that’s what the need is more and in 2009 first Defeat Autism Now doctor was trained for India. He was sponsored for 4 days training and since then now there are four doctors from India who are on board.

Since 2009 first resource of MethylB12 shots were introduced for India parents with free consultation with a USA doctor.

In 2014 AAF introduced two programs in USA for NeuroSensory Motor Reflex Integration and Education and Communication. MNRI and RPM are the programs where foundation focuses on in bringing awareness and conducting workshops in NJ and India. Oct 2014 first workshop was sponsored in a private school in NJ . In 2015 Care for Friend project was started to bring friends in autistic individual’s life.


The Akhil Autism Foundation funds individual families affected by Autism by reducing their out of pocket expenses for therapy and treatment. We also partner with educational centers, private schools  who are open minded and are interested in implementing MNRI and RPM in the centers.


The Akhil Autism Foundation identifies families in emotional or financial distress through applications submitted to us by the families themselves. Grants from the Foundation provide direct relief to families offsetting costs from existing care providers or providing access to care they’ve never been able to afford. Each case is different and each family’s situation is evaluated on its own merit.

The Foundation raises funds for grants through special events, corporate partnerships and individual donations.

We are continually grateful to all of the dedicated volunteers, corporate sponsors, in-kind and individual donors that help make a difference for so many families affected by Autism.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  autism prevalence report the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States and is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189). The spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children.

Currently, the Autism Society estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 million to $5 million, and that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism (this figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, in addition to related therapeutic services and caregiver costs). Autism knows no racial, ethnic, social boundaries, family income, lifestyle, or educational levels and can affect any family, and any child. And although the overall incidence of autism is consistent around the globe, it is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls.


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