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Create a HAAPE Chapter

Interested in creating a HAAPE Chapter?

Below are the guidelines for starting a HAAPE Chapter.

HAAPE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation started in South Florida. We are guided by our Vision, Mission, and Values.

Vision: HAAPE is committed to creating a world in which all autistic individuals live an independent and fulfilling life.

Mission: The Mission of HAAPE is to create ecosystems that empower all autistic individuals to find opportunities for training, education, and careers.


  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Teamwork
  • Serving Others
  • Accountability

HAAPE believes that starting new chapters is a great way to expand our reach and increase our impact. Here are some considerations and initial guidelines for starting a HAAPE Chapter:


  • Before considering starting a new chapter, research HAAPE to understand our mission, vision, values, and operations.
  • Consider the geographic area your chapter will cover.
  • Research the local community to identify potential supporters, volunteers, and partners.
  • Think about how much time you can dedicate to the chapter. Since HAAPE is an all-volunteer organization, we do not have specific expectations of your time commitment.

Reach Out to Us

  • Contact HAAPE to express your interest in establishing a new chapter. Please send us a bio/resume along with the area in which you would like to start a chapter.
  • HAAPE’s Executive Operations Committee (EOC) will arrange a virtual meeting to discuss your interests and how we may work together.
  • HAAPE’s EOC members will help to determine the feasibility of locating employers, candidates, and programs in your targeted area.
  • Once it is mutually agreed to move forward with your chapter, HAAPE will arrange time to provide you with a more detailed overview of HAAPE’s operating model, contacts, resources, and methods to communicate on your chapter’s plans and activities.

How to get started

  • Recruit a team: Building a strong team of volunteers is crucial for the success of a new chapter. Recruit individuals who share the same passion for HAAPE’s mission and can bring diverse skills and expertise.
  • Develop a plan: Develop a plan for the new chapter, including goals, timelines, priority contacts and communications. This plan should align with HAAPE’s Mission and Vision and be approved by HAAPE’s Executive Operations Committee.
  • Fundraising: Develop a fundraising plan to support the new chapter’s operations and programs. This may include seeking donations, grants, sponsorships, and partnerships.
  • Launch and promote: Launch the new chapter and promote it to the local community through events, and partnerships with other organizations. Communicate regularly with HAAPE’s EOC members to maintain alignment and support.
  • Monitor and evaluate: Continuously monitor and evaluate the new chapter’s progress against its goals and strategies. Make adjustments as necessary to ensure success.

If you are interested in discussing starting a HAAPE Chapter in you are, please contact us at:

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