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New Study Suggests Genetic Factors May Increase Sleep Problems in Autistic People

October 26th, 2022

Sleep disturbances in autistic children may be related to rare variants in insomnia risk genes.

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Grand-Opening of Sarah's Attic

Semptember 2nd, 2022

We're so thankful to the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce for supporting our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Sarah's Attic! 

Sarah’s Attic was opened to create a space where people have access to high-quality clothing at low prices, and to help support people on the autism spectrum, especially children.  All clothing on the retail side is $10 or less and all clothing in the thrift store side is always $1! We also sell sensory toys for children on the spectrum, offer Art &Crafts time Tuesdays- Saturdays, and all purchases will help fund AFXF. 

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Soft-Opening of Sarah's Attic

April 22nd, 2022

Sarah’s Attic was opened to create a space where people have access to high-quality clothing at low prices, and to help support people on the autism spectrum, especially children.  All clothing in the retail side is $10 or less and all clothing in the thrift store side is always $1! We also sell sensory toys for children on the spectrum and all purchases will help fund AFXF. 

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World Autism Month 

April 1st, 2022

April is World Autism Month!  Please consider donating or visiting us at the Soft Opening of Sarah's Attic, on April 22nd, 2022.  All clothing in the retail side will be $10 or less and all clothing in the thrift store side will always be $1! We'll also be selling sensory toys for children on the spectrum, and all purchases will help fund AFXF.

Partnering with Your Community Business Partners

February 22nd, 2022

Through these business partnerships, we will be brining AFXF to your community to share our vision and benefits.  Some of these companies include:

Are Courts Prep​ared to Handle Custody Cases Involving Autistic Children?​

December 28th, 2021

San Diego Single Mother's 3-Year-Old  Son Taken Away Right Before Christmas 

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Upcoming News in 2021 About Our Partners

November, 2021

With our new partner, Lionsgate Rx, you can sign up for free and 

find the best prices for your medications! You'll also earn Reward Points through every purchase and for referring family members or friends that you can redeem at locations such as Amazon, Whole Foods, Lowes, BestBuy, Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Target, Staples, and so many more! Click below to start saving: 

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Our Partner, NUNZIA Pharmaceutical is Offering Current and Qualified Union Members 50% Off of All Products!

October, 2021

No matter what line of work you’re in, a calm and focused mind is vital.

NUNZIA™ is an all-natural plant-based nutraceutical supplement with no addictive properties or side effects. Its unique blend of herbs and minerals helps balance the production of glutamate within the Hippocampus. This in turn helps protect neurons against damage and may ultimately ease the symptoms of various cognitive or mental health disorders that may derive from the stress of life and work.*


  • The Gold Member rate of 50% off of all our products! (which includes nutraceuticals, PPE, and OTC Drug Tests!)

Just fill out the Union Member Customer application and they'll send you your coupon code so you can start saving and feeling your best: 

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Our Support of NUNZIA Has Paid Off!

October 2021

For 5 years, the Autism Fragile X Foundation supported the research and development of NUNZIA's nutraceutical.  We are happy to announce that it is now available over-the-counter to autistic people and people with anxiety based disorders!   We are truly grateful for all the donations that lead to the development of NUNZIA Nutraceutical, and for those who participated at our events pre-pandemic.  We're also extremely grateful to those who signed-up to participate in the 2020 Autism Parade, 5K Run, Walk n' Roll before they had to be canceled at all four destinations due to the pandemic.

With such amazing responses from those who have purchased NUNZIA's Nutraceutical, we will continue to bring NUNZIA to our followers and families. We appreciated all of our members' continuing support and welcome any and all new members! 

"Helping people is our heartbeat.  Let it be yours too!"

Looking closely at local schools and their needs

January, 2021

As we all know, COVID has taken a toll on many schools. It took us by surprise in 2019 and has had a drastic affect on our nation, families, schools (especially the special needs schools), and on many non-profits.

Slowly, we are coming to understand how to begin functioning in all social areas of our lives. Many families are now circling back and trying to adjust to the normalcy and responsibility of our new social world, or what many call, "our world with COVID."

As such, the Autism Fragile X Foundation will not be able to quickly organize any 'Run, Walk, 'n Roll' events, 5Ks, Parades, or other active events. We are instead beginning with smaller steps.

By word of mouth, we are helping communities with different resources such as school supplies and important resources to help get children back to school with the tools they need.

And let's not forget, helping people.

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Join the Autism Fragile X Foundation in San Clemente, CA at "Fly Your Kite Day!" (free event)

July 20, 2019

If you are in San Clemente or nearby, AFXF would love to have you, your family, and your friends come to our "Fly Your Kite Day" event at Linda Lane Park!

Stop by the AFXF Booth for a FREE Coloring Book of Beny Ocean, Auzzy Ausim, and Friends.  Everyone is welcome to bring their own kites, but if you don't have one, with a $5.00 donation we will provide one for you! 

Learn more about how AFXF is working to help our community and about our Autism Spectrum Retail Store (opening soon!

We look forward to meeting you!

SATURDAY, JULY 20th, 2019 | 9AM-2PM

Location Address:



San Clemente, CA 92672

AFXF is Joining Courtney's SandCastle, Charitable Foundation (CSC), Sandy Feet OC, and many more Organizations

May 4th, 2019

Bring your Apron! Stop by our AFXF Booth for an Arts & Crafts: Painting Pots for Mother's Day or Cinco de Mayo event and receive the coloring book,  Beny Ocean, Auzzy Ausim and Friends along with information about Nunzia Pharmacuetical's new nutraceutical!

The Special Needs and Family Resource Fair is a wonderful opportunity for our families in South Orange County to learn more about supportive organizations in the area. The fair also allows for CSC families to put faces to the names of these organizations!

CSC hopes many other organizations will consider attending to share information about their goals and any programs they offer.

If interested in joining the group, PLEASE RSVP via email by April 15th, or ASAP, as space is limited. Each organization is required to submit:

  1. Insurance Release Form (COI)
  2. Name of Organization
  3. Name and Contact Phone Number

RSVP with Mo Langley, Events Director, Courtney's SandCastle Charitable Foundation, at [email protected] or 714-206-3810

The park will be open at 9 AM for set-up, and all materials must be removed by 3 PM. The Courtney's SandCastle Charitable Foundaiton will provide: 

  • 1 table
  • 2 chairs 
  • Water
  • Light Snacks 

Parking is free and feel free to bring a Canopy and your own lunch.

While no items can be sold at this event, you may have giveaways for our families.  Thank you so much for participating in CSC Resource Fair. We look forward to meeting you!

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Vista Hermosa Sports Park

987 Avenida Vista Hermosa

San Clemente, California 92673


May 4th, 2019

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

AFXF introduces Auzzy Ausim and Friends Poster

April 5th, 2019

Mrs. Strongo completes the full circle of Auzzy Ausims World! Meet Sgt. Tony PTSD, Doctor Lily Nunzia, Professor Hippo Campus, Hypie Kylie, Fragi X "Big X," Benny Ocean, Jorji, and Auzzy Ausim!

Come and sign up for your Family for a Nunzia Membership at The Sensational Springtacular Community Event

April 1st, 2019

Did someone say EGG HUNT? Bring your baskets, get ready for some photos, arrive ready to scramble for some eggs, and hunt for the special Golden Egg! 

Stop by the AFXF Booth for Arts & Crafts, our coloring book with Beny Ocean, Auzzy Ausim and Friends, and learn about Nunzia Nutraceutical's Memberships and discounts for nutraceuticals that may help autistic people and people with anxiety based disorders (e.g. PTSD, OCD, GAD, etc). 

Stop by the Summer Camp Palooza for special discounts & information on 2019 summer camps.

Visit Camp booths to earn FREE swim at Splashtacular, from 12:00pm-4:00pm.


  • 10:00 AM: 1 & Under 
  • 10:30 AM: 2-3 yrs & 4-6 yrs 
  • 11:00 AM: 7-9 yrs & 10-12 yrs


  • 12:30 PM: 5 & Under 
  • 12:50 PM: 6-9 yrs 
  • 1:10 PM: 10+ yrs

Springtacular, Camp Palooza, & Splashtacular, AFXFactular


Vista Hermosa Sports Park

987 Avenida Vista Hermosa

San Clemente, California 92673


May 4th, 2019

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Get ready! AFXF is joining Nunzia Pharmaceutical! 

March 31st, 2019

Stop by the AFXF Booth for Arts & Crafts, our coloring book with Beny Ocean, Auzzy Ausim and Friends, and learn about Nunzia Nutraceutical's Memberships and discounts for nutraceuticals that may help autistic people and people with anxiety based disorders (e.g. PTSD, OCD, GAD, etc). 

Many neurodivergent people and individuals with mental disorders become familiar with the unfortunate trial and error "shot-gun" approaches towards finding proper medications, as well as some common medications seeming more like "chemical straitjackets" than paths towards health and wellness.

Unlike psychiatric medications, scientists at California Biotech formulated Nunzia™ with a unique blend of herbal Ingredients (including adaptogenic herbs such as Rhodalia Rosea Root and Ashwagandha Root) that naturally and safely adapt their functions within the body based upon the specific needs of each individual. The symptoms of cognitive issues and anxiety-based disorders manifest from complex neural pathways that often arise from imbalanced levels of glutamate (the brain’s most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter) within the Hippocampus (a sea-horse shaped area of the brain where memories connect to emotions).  By promoting balance within the Hippocampus, it is their goal to provide alleviation from the many negative and sometimes debilitating symptoms of cognitive issues and anxiety-based disorders*.

Several studies indicate that Nunzia™ may have helped individuals by improving their memory, fine motor skills, attention spans, and speech abilities. We aim to empower people by easing their restlessness, anxieties, compulsions, and low moods so they may instead nurture their creativity, focus, attention, behavioral flexibility, cognitive speed, and memory*..

If this interests you, you can join one of NUNZIA Pharmaceutical's memberships that offers monthly shipments of NUNZIA at discounted rates.

NUNZIA NUTRACEUTICAL has partnered with AFXF in order to get everyone to take advantage of this opportunity!


The Sensational Springtacular


Vista Hermosa Sports Park

987 Avenida Vista Hermosa

San Clemente, California 92673


April 2nd, 2019

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

NUNZIA Memberships

Introducing Benny Ocean and Jorji to Auzzy Ausim and Friends VoyageIntroducing Nunzia Nutraceutical's Membership to Our Local Community in Orange County, California 

April  2019

Hello Our Beloved Family and Friends,

As promised we are back this year with many upcoming attractions. We are proud to give you a little peak from a distance of the poster and cover of Auzzy Ausim and Friends. We have a few additional characters that were developed over a few months of imagination and they have now been added to the storyline. AFXF introduces, Benny Ocean who suffers from OCD and his little plush stuffed penguin, Jorji. Benny Ocean's OCD mainly center's around water. AFXF is now proud to announce that Mr. Charles and his wife Mrs. Sarah Paez Strongo have finished the first illustrations of their book collection. They are very  excited to present it at the upcoming Sensational Springtacular Event hosted by the City of San Clemente on April 20th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. AFXF will be hosting a small booth, filled with arts and crafts for children, and we will also distribute a paperback coloring soft copy of our story and characters.

Mr. and Mrs. Strongo have not only developed educational characters that will bring a smile to every child and family member.  They have also been partnering with other companies on biotechnologies that may be helpful for autistic people and people with mental disorders.  

We are not only an awareness foundation, but a foundation that seeks to connect people to the best resources.  As such, AFXF is currently working with pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and diagnostics companies. AFXF is also reaching out to many other Affiliations and Autism Networking Programs in our local community here in Orange County. AFXF desires to not only extend this invitation locally, but nation-wide.

In Mr. and Mrs. Strongo's voyage, they have found tremendous results. Therefore, AFXF is now prepared and able to share these break throughs with families all over the world.

AFXF's 2019 message is "GET INVOLVED!" Help us connect families and their loved ones with these breakthroughs and resources!

Stay tuned... and don't forget to get involved.

Why are we developing a coloring book?

April 15th, 2018

Our Founders Mr. Strongo and his wife Mrs. Strongo, have understood the importance of reaching out to the community especially through education. Therefore, Mrs. Strongo was thrilled to begin working on AFXF's Kids Club in 2017. In 2018, during spring semester, Mrs. Strongo's participation at her son Benjamin's Parent Occupation Day led to the birth of her new paperback book, Auzzy Ausim and Friends. So far, Mrs. Strongo's seahorse characters were only brought to life through small basic sketches that were quickly drawn to captivate her six year old's classroom audience.

Mrs. Strongo is now developing the idea of expanding her characters and bringing them to life through her new future children's book, which in return will help begin the AFXF's Kids Club and the series of her cartoon characters, "The Adventures of Auzzy Ausim and Friends."

Our founders are so happy to share a brief summary of her upcoming book:

Auzzy Ausim is a fry seahorse with two awesome vibrant friends, Fragi X ("Call me, Big X"), and Hypi Kylie, a hyperactive tomboy fashionista. These three little mischievous seahorses are constantly challenging the staff members of the Seahorse AFXF Marine Academy. These young ones are especially curious about how the hippocampus of the brain works and its key role in their adventure to better understand themselves and seek treatments to help them overcome their challenges. These deeply fixated curiosities often lead them to bump heads with the school staff members though. Sergeant PTSD, an old Veteran that was given a job after his years in the Seahorse Marines, usually has to escort the three horse-caterpillar musketeers to the classroom of Professor Hippocampus or to the office of the school's Doctor Ms. Lily Nunzia. Ms. Lily Nunzia specializes in supporting Autistic and Fragile X seahorse frys, along with staff members such as Sergeant PTSD.

Our Motivations

February 14th, 2018

Our founders understand that are several outstanding non-profit organizations for Autism, Fragile X, and other disorders (such as PTSD) that have focused on bringing awareness to the public about these disorders. Where AFXF stands out as a leading bioresearch foundation focused on developing supportive and non-addictive therapies for people on the spectrum as well as those who suffer from anxiety-based disorders.

After receiving a diagnosis for ASD or a mental illness, the next logical step is to seek supportive therapies and resources along with safe non-addictive treatments. In their quest to help those on the spectrum or those with mental illnesses our AFXF founders are confident that they have found the best.

AFXF proudly supports Global Whole Health Partners and Nunzia Pharmaceutical. Through our diligent work with both companies, we hope to be able to offer the public NUNZIA nutraceutical, a breakthrough calming supplement, and GWHP's first in-vitro diagnostic test for ASD.

The Founding of AFXF

January 15th, 2017

Charles Strongo and his wife Sarah Paez Strongo, founded the Autism Fragile X Foundation to help raise funds for the current innovative bioresearch of two companies: one that has developed a diagnostic test for ASD, and another that developing what will hopefully help people on the autism spectrum as well as those with anciety based disorders. Their hearts' quests are to continue bringing awareness of the latest technology that will change the lives of our Autistic and Fragile X members of society along with our Veterans who suffer from PTSD. 

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