About MAXimum Chances

MAXimum Chances is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization established by Nicole and Greg Chalmers to help simplify your search for answers by providing you with sound advice and resources to help you wade through the overwhelming sea of online information pertaining to raising a child with autism.

Our mission and goal for MAXimum Chances is to connect families who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders gain access to educational services, therapies, and cutting edge bio-medical treatments.

Currently we have partnered with several exceptional autism service providers in the Dallas / Fort Worth area:

  • If Financial Assistance is needed in order for your child to obtain services from our approved providers, please click here to see if your family is eligible to receive funds to cover the cost of treatments.

About the Founder

Founder, Nicole Chalmers, and her husband Greg, have been affected by autism in a big way. Fourteen years ago, this newly married couple found themselves learning all about life in America after moving from their Australian home, and a few years later they were a fish out of water once again as they began their search on how to raise a child with Autism in their growing family.

Please click here to read more of our Founder’s story.



Autism by the Numbers

The costs of behavioral intervention therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder can reach up to $60,000 per child each year.

It is estimated that medical costs associated with caring for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder are up to $20,000 higher annually than caring for a child without.

It is estimated that Autism costs the nation $137 billion per year, no doubt the rising ate of children diagnosed will increase this figure dramatically.

In 2010 the National Institute of Health (NIH) allocated just $218 million of it’s $35.6 billion dollar budget to Autism. This number represents less than 0.6% of total NIH funding.

More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than pediatric AIDS, juvenile diabetes and cancer combined.

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States yet the most underfunded.

Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

While the cause of Autism is still unclear, current studies indicate genetics and exposure to environmental triggers both play a role in the autism prevalence increase.

Families with one child on the Autism Spectrum have an estimated 20% increased risk of having another child affected.

Between 30-5-% of people with Autism suffer from seizures.

It is estimated that up to 40% of children with Autism do not speak.

Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls. More specifically that number is 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.

In 2014 the Center for Disease Control determined that approximately 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the United States. In 2000 this number was 1 in 250 children

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