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Archaeologists for Autism - a fun day for folks on the Autism spectrum.

2022 AFA
Annual Archaeologists for Autism
Unlocking their potential through archaeology since 2014

Our 7th annual Archaeologists for Autism event will be on
Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 9:30 am to 3 pm.
Keep checking back for more information.
Its totally free.

February 18, 2022
I wanted to touch base with everyone who has been a supporter and/or exhibitor at AFA in the past. As of today I am moving forward with plans to hold the event on the first Saturday in November and I have every intention of the event being held. We will have COVID rules in place but hopefully they will not be needed. I hope you can participate this year!!!! I'm really excited to get us back in circulation again.
Tom Penders


The Archaeologists for Autism mission is to unlock the potential of children and young adults with developmental disabilities.

We aim to provide children with autism spectrum disorders and their families a chance to experience archaeology in a fun, low stress environment.

Registration for Archaeologists for Autism
September 25, 2022 at 7:00 am to
September 30, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Who Can Participate?

Has the person in your family on the spectrum ever wanted to excavate actual artifacts (some 8,000 years old)? Excavate fossils? Touch and hold actual artifacts? Learn how prehistoric peoples lived? Do they like prehistoric animals? What about playing with clay to make pots? We have all these activities and more!

Our annual event is open to children 6 through 17 and young adults 18 to 22 (including homeschooled) who have one or more of the following diagnosis:

Angelman Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Fragile X Syndrome, Lanau-Kleffner Syndrome, Pediatric Auto-immune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated withStreptococcal infections (PANDAS), Prader-Willi Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified, Rett Syndrome, Tardive Dyskinesia, Williams Syndrome

Checking out fossils

Tom Penders with Becky
Founder Tom Penders with his daughter Becky.

Cost: FREE

Important Dates:
Participant Registration: September 25, 2022 at 7:00 am to September 30, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Vendor/Exhibitor/Activity Registration:

Volunteer Registration:



We are not just looking for monetary donations. Please review our list. We are in need of equipment, educational materials, goodie bag items, replica fossils and real unprovenenced megafauna/Pleistocene fossils, replica and real unprovenenced artifacts, broken replicated pots, etc.

Your donation of equipment and supplies may be tax deductible. Please check with your tax professional.

If you can help us please email us at

Thanks!!!!           Tom Penders

March, 2017 logo for Archaeologists for Autism
March 31, 2017
I am happy to present to you the new Archaeologists for Autism logo. We have a more mature and professional design. The logo was cretaed and donated to us. This is now the official look for AFA.

The autism puzzle pieces symbolize the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Those puzzle pieces have been modified to reflect a pot that an archaeologist might recreate from sherds found at a site. Until the pot is reassembled it is a mystery as to its shape and function. In both cases, we try to reassemble the pieces to have a better understanding. The red-blue-green-yellow colors associated with the autism puzzle pieces have been changed to an earthier version of these colors and might more correctly represent the color palettes that are present in an archaeologist's world.

2/25/17 -- 12/19/2021