A Registered 501(c)3 Public Charity

Victor's Autism Foundation

 Victor K. Spyrou was born on Sept. 23, 1992 at Long Island Jewish Hospital in New York, the same hospital where his two older brothers came into the world. Though he showed no signs of social interaction or speech, his delayed development elicited no alarm on the part of his pediatrician. Multiple doctor visits ruled out various disorders and it was during one visit at Western Queens Developmental School that he was diagnosed with autism. Followup visits confirmed the autism diagnosis and though expected left his entire family in shock. Through intense ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) intervention, Victor made great progress making eye contact and developing an extensive vocabulary yet was still in need of constant supervision and coaching.
       Victor grew up in Whitestone, New York and his entire life was spent in schools serving individuals on the autism spectrum. He attended  Howard Haber School, Brooklyn Blue Feather and AHRC Middle High School. Victor had an infectious smile that brought joy to everyone in his presence.
       Victor loved SpongeBob SquarePants, pizza, long car rides, baking, puzzles and bowling. While growing up, he lived the life of a typical boy on the autism spectrum. Because Victor was special, he was doted upon and his needs took priority over everything else. He was loved by his family and adored by his teachers and caregivers. To this day, he is still referred to as “the baby.” His needless and senseless death in a residential facility on August 10, 2014 devastated his family and saddened everyone who met him during his short life. 

Mission

Victor’s Autism Foundation was established to honor the memory of Victor K. Spyrou. Our mission is to support organizations that advocate for the developmentally disabled as well as agencies providing services to special needs individuals and their families. In addition, the foundation will offer an annual partial scholarship.

Scholarship Details

The foundation will offer an annual partial scholarship to a student who is a New York State resident about to enter or already in college. Scholarship recipients will be awarded a one-time $1,000 scholarship which may only be used for tuition. All scholarship funds will be sent directly to the recipient’s college account. No money will be given directly to the student. The recipient must have a special needs sibling, have a 3.3 GPA or better, be an active participant in school activities and/or charitable causes with letters of recommendation. Lastly, the recipient must pledge to be an advocate for the developmentally disabled during his/her lifetime.

Fund Administrators

  • Spyros K Spyrou
  • Costoulla Spyrou
  • Nicholas Spyrou
  • Michael Spyrou

Donations

CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
Victor’s Autsim Foundation
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161

Online:
Use credit card by clicking the link below.

 

The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.

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