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    The Burkhart Center for Autism is a Lubbock, Texas-based nonprofit that serves individuals, including children, with Autism Spectrum Disorders by providing services, preparing educators, and conducting research. The Center has also helped in the employment of at least one lucky fellow on the Autism Spectrum...
    The Autism Spectrum Disorder is a brain condition which impacts how we socialize with other people.

    ...April is Autism Awareness month. On the last day of the month, we want you to meet someone with that condition. You may not think you know Brandon Buzzank, but I bet you’ve seen him ...on [television].

    Brent McGavock owns McGavock Nissan Auto Dealership. He told me, “I look up and see a guy in a suit cleaning the counter, handing out cookies. I knew he wasn’t employed here. He said ‘I thought I would help out while I was getting my car serviced.’ I hired him on the spot."

    Brent is talking about Brandon Buzzank, who has since become the frog mascot for the dealership.

    When Brandon puts on the frog suit, he makes everybody happy.

    Abbie Ancell, an employee, says with a smile, “He likes to go everywhere in the frog suit, even places he shouldn’t go.”

    Katy Sanders, another employee adds, “He’s so much fun around here. All the little kids love him."

    What you can’t see beneath the costume is a brilliant mind.

    ...At the [local university] Health Sciences Center, Sherry Sancibrian is a speech and language pathologist with a special interest in the communication problems that come with the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    She says, "Some people have significant deficits, but so many in the [Autism Spectrum Disorders] are able to go to college or find employment that fits them.”

    Brandon has taken classes at [the local university]. For now, he is pouring his interest into his job at McGavock. Basically, he does what they ask him to do and more.

    Jorge Arguelles works with him in Inventory Management. He says Brandon developed a system where customers can scan a vehicle code with their iPhone which takes them to that vehicle on the McGavock website.


    Sherry says, “If we could appreciate that all our brains are different, we could appreciate the gifts that might come with autism." She says ...the Burkhart Center for Autism has helped [many] people with that condition transition into employment in and around Lubbock. And she adds that typically, they have proven to be loyal, dependable and hardworking employees.

    Brent agrees.

    Remember, Brandon never applied for work at McGavock. He began helping customers at the dealership even before he was hired. Now, Brent says there’s no limit to what Brandon will do to help the business.

    Brent tells the story that one time, Brandon made sure every car on the lot was locked at the dealerships in Lubbock, Amarillo and Abilene, all in one day. But Brent adds, “I would never ask him to do that. He just did it." Brent also told me, “He’s rewarded us more than we’ve rewarded him. It’s been a blessing for us.”

    Here’s what Brent doesn’t know: Just minutes before the story aired, Brandon sent me a message. It said, “Give a shout out to Amy and Brent McGavock for me tonight. I appreciate them both.”

    I’m sorry I couldn’t give the shout out, but I think they know...
    [source: https://www.kcbd.com/2019/05/01/man-...y-unusual-job/ ]

  • #2
    This is a good story because one here mostly about all the people on the spectrum that has no job at all.
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    • #3
      The subject of the last post was the Burkhart Center for Autism, a Lubbock, Texas-based nonprofit that serves individuals, including children, with Autism Spectrum Disorders by providing services, preparing educators, and conducting research. The Center also helps in organising employment of those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

      Staying in Texas, the Autism Society of El Paso's is a nonprofit that provides awareness and support to those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. The nonprofit is a committed support group serving West Texas and Southern New Mexico for anyone at all close to those affected by Autism including care giver providers...
      When The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Specialty Clinic opens its doors in late February, it will fill a void in the El Paso community felt by families of children with autism.

      An expansion of Providence Children’s Hospital, the center will help families across the region cope with chronic medical conditions with specialists trained in a variety of pediatric conditions.

      “Part of our initiative is to try to bring specialty services to El Paso – services that are hard to access or not offered in El Paso at all,” said Terry Balderrama, service line administrator for outpatient pediatric services at Providence Children’s Hospital. “One of the initiatives that’s really important to us is an autism clinic.”

      The clinic will include a roster of specialists including doctors Carla Alvarado and Shivani Mehta, both child and adolescent psychiatrists with Texas Tech Medical Center.

      “The goal is to develop an autism clinic with the idea that we can help diagnose this underserved population,” Alvarado said. “Then we can guide them to treatment that they can benefit from at an earlier stage instead of waiting until they’re enrolled in school and having difficulties in the classroom setting.”


      ...As the clinic develops, staff hopes to [team up] with others in the community to provide additional resources to patients.

      Diagnosis is essential

      With the new clinic, specialists will help diagnose autism in children – something that for years has been up to local pediatricians to determine.

      Dr. Rana Kronfol is a local pediatrician who serves on the board of the Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center, which houses a community resource center.

      “The goal of parents for their children is to socialize as much as they can,” she said. “A lot of times, parents become very strong child advocates. Their expectations change, as does their understanding...”

      Kronfol refers families to available resources.

      “Applied behavioral analysis therapy is very helpful for autistic children,” she said...

      Pediatricians can play a pivotal role in obtaining a diagnosis.

      “The reason we strive to diagnose early is because the more therapy you offer someone, the better it is,” Kronfol said. “Usually, the pediatrician is the one who at least starts that conversation.”

      Strength in numbers

      The Autism Society of El Paso helps families with autistic children learn from each other, as well as from adults with autism. The organization hosts monthly support group meetings, an annual conference, fundraisers and other events for families.

      “We usually bring in some kind of professional – a doctor, teacher, speech therapist, anybody that deals with our kiddos – to share their advice and expertise,” said Lynn Hernandez, the group’s administrator.

      She says many of their events provide families the opportunity to socialize with others who are dealing with similar situations in a judgement-free environment.


      ...Hernandez knows the special challenges that parents of autistic children deal with. Her two youngest daughters have [Autism Spectrum Disorders], which is what led her to get involved with the Autism Society.

      The organization has already partnered with BEST, Building Educating Succeeding Together, to offer courses for parents and siblings of children with autism. They plan to partner with others to provide additional resources for adults.

      “We feel that we truly are empowered by connecting with [others] and learning what they went through,” Hernandez said. “When you hear those stories from others, it brings a lot of comfort and guidance. Eventually, we will be one of those cities that can offer more services to our families.”
      Here is a link to a recent video from the Autism Society of El Paso's '11th Annual Run/Walk for Autism' from about a week ago: https://www.facebook.com/AutismSocie...4637446749152/

      [source: http://www.elpasoinc.com/special_sec...7772da868.html ]

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      • #4
        The subject of the couple of posts have been Autism-related events and organisations in Texas.

        The Heart of Texas Autism Network is a McLennan County, Texas-based nonprofit that helps those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, including children, in the Heart of Central Texas area - the "254" area code. Activities and programs are provided for free or as low cost as possible...
        A ...walk held in Waco on Saturday raised money for programs that enrich the lives of people with autism.

        The Heart of Texas Autism Network and the ...Striders [local running club] held the annual Run and Fun Walk at Brazos East Park, drawing a crowd of families and supporters.

        Individuals and groups took time to run and stroll in support of loved ones with autism spectrum disorder.

        Eddie McAdams and his family walked for his son, who is on the spectrum.

        He emphasizes that no two kids with autism are the same, and that talking with other families helps him as he raises his son.

        "To get those stories and to talk is a big deal," said McAdams.

        He also highlighted the need for early detection, saying it helps kids live their lives fully.

        KWTX is proud to be the media partner for the Striders and [the Network's] walk and run.
        Here is a link to a video from last year's Heart of Texas Autism Network Walk fundraiser and awareness events held in Brazos Park: https://www.facebook.com/10053585339...8549446925085/

        [source: https://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Local-5Kfun-walk-benefits-programs-for-those-with-autism-481164841.html ]

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        • #5
          The subject of the last few posts have been Autism-related events and organisations in Texas.

          TACA is a nonprofit that provides education, support, and hope to those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. TACA stands for the Autism Community in Action...

          Here is a link to photos from TACA Texas chapter's event at the Recreation Center in Tarrant County, Texas from just over a year ago: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TACATexa...47003335324861

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          • #6
            The subject of rectent posts have mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in Texas.

            To the north, Heartspring is a Wichita, Kansas-based nonprofit that is a leading provider of services and therapies to children with various challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorders...
            Life with Autism can be challenging for kids but one local organization is working to make those challenges a little easier.

            Sarah Bruce is the mother of 5-year-old Isaiah. Two years ago he may not have been able to participate in Heartspring's annual Autism Care Walk. He's Autistic and at 3-years-old he couldn't talk, he played alone and lacked social skills.

            "Today we're walking because we want everyone to know how much Heartspring has helped our son," says Bruce.

            The Autism Care Walk raises money for Heartsprings programs, including scholarships that allow kids like Isaiah to be a part of them.

            "...this is a time to come out, make the community aware of that, but it's also a time for us to raise funds for our autism services programs," says Rachel Mayberry.

            Those services like summer camps and social clubs help some kids say their words or be invited to their first birthday party.

            Vicki Hayes works in Heartspring'ss cafeteria and has seen these developments firsthand. She's retiring on Monday but says she'll never forget the kids she's met over the years.

            "I call them my kids. I do it for my kids and Heartspring and I do it for all autistic kids because they need this..." says Hayes.

            Here is a link to a video of highlights from Heartspring's recent 2019 Autism CARE Walk: https://www.facebook.com/Heartspring...8502327716136/

            [source: https://www.kwch.com/content/news/He...481153081.html ]

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            • #7
              The subject of yesterday's post was Heartspring, a Wichita, Kansas-based nonprofit that is a leading provider of services and therapies to children with various challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.

              Staying in the area, Autism Speaks, North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation, hosts an annual Kansas City Walk. With every step taken and every dollar raised, lives today are enhanced and a spectrum of solutions is accelerated for tomorrow...
              Join the Kansas City [Major League Baseball team] and Autism Speaks to help raise awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorders on Autism Awareness Day ...on Friday, April 12, against [the Cleveland Major League Baseball team].

              Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills.

              The [Kansas City Major League Baseball team], Major League Baseball, and Autism Speaks have joined forces to create a fun, safe, and family friendly environment for families who are a part of the Speaks family.

              Tickets will be available for purchase online only leading up to the event on April 12th (based on availability).

              Specific sections in the Fountain Seats and View Reserved Seats have been blocked off for this event.

              We anticipate having sensory friendly areas for families to utilize if their child is having any sort of difficulty during the event near both seating options. Consult your usher for more details when that situation occurs...
              Here is a link to a video on the Kansas City 'Walk Now for Autism Speaks' from four years ago: https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeak...3694222491037/

              [source: https://www.mlb.com/royals/tickets/s...tism-awareness ]

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              • #8
                The subject of yesterday's post was Autism Speaks, North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation, which hosts an annual Kansas City Walk. With every step taken and every dollar raised, lives today are enhanced and a spectrum of solutions is accelerated for tomorrow...

                Also in Missouri is the Autism Alliance of Northwest Missouri, a St Joseph, Missouri-based nonprofit that seeks to educate and empower individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, including children by providing support, advocacy, and raising awareness...

                Here is a link to photos from the Autism Alliance of Northwest Missouri's Annual Walk from seven years ago: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AANWMO/p...50939918477049

                [source: ]

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                • #9
                  The subject of yesterday's post was the Autism Alliance of Northwest Missouri, a St Joseph, Missouri-based nonprofit that seeks to educate and empower individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, including children by providing support, advocacy, and raising awareness.

                  Autism Awareness of Southeast Missouri is a Cape Girardeau, Missouri-based nonprofit promotes the teamwork of community agencies and organizations in response to Autism Spectrum Disorders through education and resources. The nonprofit attempts to do this including for professionals and the community at large...
                  Hundreds came out to [an event] Cape Girardeau to help celebrate Autism Awareness month.

                  Children could play a variety of carnival games, color, get their face painted, ...and more. They even were able to check out a mobile space museum [and] get in ...a fire truck...

                  Everyone at the event that had a booth there helped provide services for those with autism.

                  The Autism Awareness of Southeast Missouri welcomed everyone at the free event to spread awareness for autism and answer any questions people might have.

                  "Autism is the number one growing neurological disability in the United States," Autism Awareness of Southeast Missouri Director April Swofford said. "...we need that information and we need it to be aware to the community."...
                  Here is a link to a video from the Autism Awarenss of Southeast Missouri Spring Carnival from a couple of years ago:
                  https://www.facebook.com/austismawar...6863676957906/

                  [source: https://www.kfvs12.com/2019/04/06/ca...reness-autism/ ]

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                  • #10
                    The subject of rectent posts have mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in Missouri.

                    Autism Speaks, North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation, hosts an annual St. Louis, Missouri Walk. With every step taken and every dollar raised, lives today are enhanced and a spectrum of solutions is accelerated for tomorrow...


                    Here is a link to a video from the 2016 Autism Speaks Walk in St Louis: https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeak...5325735439115/

                    [source: ]

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                    • #11
                      The subject of recent posts have mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in Missouri.

                      Autism Speaks, North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation, hosts an annual Tennessee Walk. With every step taken and every dollar raised, lives today are enhanced and a spectrum of solutions is accelerated for tomorrow...


                      Here is a link to a video from the Autism Speaks Walk in Tennessee from seven years ago: https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeak...4400488418831/

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                      • #12
                        The subject of the last post was Autism Speaks, North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation, hosting an annual Tennessee Walk. With every step taken and every dollar raised, lives today are enhanced and a spectrum of solutions is accelerated for tomorrow.

                        To the north in Illinois is the Crete-Monee School District 201-U. Its Early Learning Center (ELC) Preschool Program is designed to serve children who with various challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorders...
                        ...Our Early Learning Center provides educational and family-centered services for children from birth through 5thgrade. We start with ...Pre-K for 3 and 4 year olds. Specialized instruction continues through the elementary grades with a focus on literacy, academics and independent living skills for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Assistive technology and individual iPads support instruction. ELC is home to our Elementary Connections Program specifically designed for students with autism and pervasive developmental disabilities.
                        Here is a link to a recent video from the Crete-Monee, Illinois Early Learning Center Autism Walk from about a week ago: https://www.facebook.com/CM201U/videos/304900880407918/

                        [source: https://www.speed802.org/schools-and...arning-center/ ]

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                        • #13
                          The subject of the last post was the Crete-Monee School District 201-U in Illinois and its Early Learning Center (ELC) Preschool Program designed to serve children who with various challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.

                          The HollyRod Foundation, a Beverly Hill, California-based nonprofit that that provides "medical, physical, and emotional support" including to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, has recently partnered with Chicago's Shedd Aquarium...
                          The Shedd Aquarium will open its doors for free for a night of dinner and aquatic exploration exclusively reserved for families with kids who have autism.

                          Through actress Holly Robinson Peete's HollyRod Foundation, which serves families with children across the autism spectrum, the museum will offer a buffet and activities from 7-10 p.m. [at the end of the month].

                          Peete is the mother of a son with autism, and her new children's book, "My Brother Charlie," served as the inspiration for the event series, "My Brother Charlie Goes To The Aquarium," which pairs families and "the most spectacular" aquariums around the country for a private night of relaxing and educational fun.

                          ...Peete's events are intended to take some of the stress and pressure off families on what might normally be a difficult night out.

                          "For a child with autism, a family outing can be a cumbersome and unpleasant experience due to sensory overload, crowds and stigma," according to Peete's event page.

                          "Aquariums provide an environment that allows a child with autism spectrum disorder the opportunity to see, hear and touch in an environment that is soothing and judgment-free. Children on the spectrum often have an affinity to aquatic attractions, making an aquarium the perfect environment."...
                          [source: https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/2017...other-charlie/ ]

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                          • #14
                            The subject of of the last couple of posts has been on Autism-related events and organisations in Illinois.

                            To the northwest, the Wisconsin Early Autism Project, Inc.,, based in Madison, Wisconsin, is a program and clinic for the treatment of children with autism based on the work of Dr. Ivar Lovaas, the pioneer of an intensive behavioral approach with proven best outcomes...
                            When she married at 19, Tamlynn Graupner’s parents told her she was on her own when it came to paying her college tuition.

                            In need of money, she started working in department stores [in] loss prevention...

                            While she no longer has to read people their rights in her current job, Graupner said her time in loss prevention taught her that no matter the skill, whether it was detaining someone or managing staff, she always had the ability to learn and there would always be someone willing to teach her.


                            “That’s where I got all of my nerve,” she said. “It did something to me. It was really good training.”

                            Graupner, a Minnesota native, is the co-founder and CEO of the Wisconsin Early Autism Project, an autism treatment center based in Madison.

                            She and her ...husband ...started the center in 1995.

                            There is no cure for autism, but early intervention treatment can improve a child’s outcome, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state of Wisconsin began requiring insurers to cover autism treatment in 2009.

                            “The state wants to help children with autism,” Graupner said.

                            Each work week for Graupner is different, as she splits her time working at the center in Madison and traveling to visit patients and other clinics.

                            “When I say a week, we’re not talking about Monday through Friday,” she said.

                            The mother of six children, Graupner was heavily involved in Madison’s Children’s Theater when her children were young.

                            She often hosted parties for cast and crew and lent business advice to board members during her time as a volunteer.

                            ...Graupner received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and a master’s in early childhood development-early childhood administration from the University of Nebraska... She completed a doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Adler University in Chicago in 2013 by studying brain differences in children with autism before and after intensive therapy.

                            She’s been a Madison resident for over 20 years.

                            Graupner said what’s kept her in Madison for so long is the people and the academic environment.

                            In her free time, she enjoys reading research, shopping locally and spending time with her family, which includes one grandchild with another on the way...

                            Here is a link to a video from the Wisconsin Early Autism Project in Madison, Wisconsin from about a month ago: https://www.facebook.com/WEAPMadison...9252010157024/

                            [source: https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/k...a110089db.html ]

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                            • #15
                              The subject of of the last couple of posts has been on Autism-related events and organisations in the central part of the United States.

                              In California, Autism Fun Bay Area (AFBA) is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that attempts to enhance the quality of life for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and related challenges, including children. The nonprofit creates fun, engaging performances and events...
                              For the past three years, San Francisco Ballet has partnered with Autism Fun Bay Area to provide sensory-friendly ballet workshops for children and young adults with autism and related disabilities and their families. The workshops’ goal is to make ballet accessible to individuals ...affected by autism...

                              Every aspect of the workshop is carefully planned with our audience in mind. Events are engaging, interactive, and hands-on—a shush-free and shame-free environment for families to experience a ballet performance and movement class that is specifically tailored to the sensory and behavioral needs of the individuals. The workshops include a shortened performance featuring professional dancers with San Francisco Ballet as well as SF Ballet School Trainees. After the performance, families are invited to participate in a movement workshop led by an SF Ballet School Faculty member.

                              Families also have the opportunity to meet and take photos with dancers, try on a tutu, and explore tactile activity tables with costumes and ballet shoes. Throughout the workshop, families are encouraged to walk around the studio and explore movement, use the social stories guide, and visit the quiet room.

                              Autism Fun Bay Area Co-Founder Sigrid Van Bladel, a mother of a teen with autism, explains that “having these dedicated performances tailored to them where everyone can feel good, parents don’t have to be nervous, and kids can be themselves … is just unbelievably valuable.” When she and her concert pianist husband created Autism Fun Bay Area in 2012, their goal was to bring high-quality music and dance to families who are unable to attend regular performances due to sensory challenges. By working with arts organizations such as SF Ballet, Autism Fun Bay Area is able to modify the traditional theater experience for the special needs community.
                              Here is a link to a video of from a San Francisco Ballet/AFBA event from about a month ago: https://www.facebook.com/sfballet/vi...9676491016398/

                              [source: https://sfballet.blog/2018/10/30/a-s...-fun-bay-area/ ]

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                              • #16
                                The subject of yesterday's post was Autism Fun Bay Area (AFBA), a San Francisco-based nonprofit that attempts to enhance the quality of life for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and related challenges, including children. The nonprofit creates fun, engaging performances and events.

                                FEAT is a Sacramento, California based non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to providing best outcome Education, Advocacy and Support for the Northern California Autism Community. FEAT, which stands for Families for Early Autism Treatment, attempts to provide free education, advocacy, and support to all individuals with Autism, including children...
                                Actions speak louder at the fifth annual FEAT WALK to be held at Maidu Community Park during National Autism Awareness Month......The morning event begins with check in from 8am to 9am, followed by a 9am Rally and a beautiful spring walk on a secluded paved walkway through Maidu Park's natural habitat. Walking at an easy pace, your family and friends can complete the 2km (1.25 mile) course in about 30-35 minutes. Cross the finish line and celebrate with your child's team! Enjoy the ...Carnival following the walk: Food, ...Silly Photo Booth, ...FEAT Toss, Raffle and more! The event ends at Noon...
                                Here is a link to a video from the latest edition of the Annual FEAT Walk and Carnival held at Maidu Park in Placer County, California from a last month: https://www.facebook.com/sacramento4...8068214252389/

                                [source: https://neurodevelopment.ucsf.edu/ev...park-roseville ]

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                                • #17
                                  But Visionary7903

                                  I actually think everybody who has the ability to really get lost in something and be real good at it is on the spectrum. I think a lot of engineers/architects/softwaredevelopers are on the spectrum too. It could be as simple as different tasks needs different brains.
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                                  • #18
                                    The subject of of the last couple of posts has been on Autism-related events and organisations in California.

                                    On the other side of the United States, the Autism Society of Northern Virginia is an Oakton, Virginia-based nonprofit that builds community for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, including children. The nonprofit attempts to do this through education, advocacy, and support...

                                    Here is a link to a video from the latest edition of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia's annual Autism Acceptance Walk at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds from about three weeks ago:
                                    https://www.facebook.com/WFVA1230/vi...1363546718235/


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                                    • #19
                                      The subject of of the last post was the Autism Society of Northern Virginia, an Oakton, Virginia-based nonprofit that builds community for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, including children. The nonprofit attempts to do this through education and advocacy...

                                      The Eliza Hope Foundation is a Virginia Beach, Virginia-based nonprofit that attempts to provide educational support for children and families who are living with Autism and various other challenges...

                                      Here is a link to a video from an Eliza Hope Foundation event from a month ago:
                                      https://www.facebook.com/elizahopefo...9459890721034/


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                                      • #20
                                        The subject of of the last couple of posts has been on Autism-related events and organisations in Virginia.

                                        To the north, Autism Speaks, North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation, has a National Capital Area chapter. With every step taken and every dollar raised, lives today are enhanced and a spectrum of solutions is accelerated for tomorrow...
                                        ...Autism Speaks Walks are open to everyone committed to raising money for the important work Autism Speaks does throughout the community. All participants who raise $150 or more qualify for a commemorative 2017 t-shirt designed by Tommy Hilfiger.

                                        Alpha Xi Delta proudly serves as the North American sponsor of Autism Speaks Walk. Since 2009, Alpha Xi Delta has raised more than $5 million dollars for Autism Speaks, and they currently participate at Autism Speaks Walk events nationwide. Alpha Xi Delta’s work not only generates vital funds for autism research, but also raises awareness for autism. On World Autism Awareness Day in 2016, they lit more than a thousand buildings blue as part of Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign in honor of the millions of people affected by autism worldwide.

                                        Local sponsors of the walk include: Lindsay Automotive, Koons of Annapolis, Crovato BG Products and Services, Papa John’s Pizza, Shoe City, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Ford’s Fish Shack, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Association for Accessible Medicines, The Bernstein Companies, Collaborative Solutions, National Children’s Center, and The Meltzer Group.

                                        Saturday, October 22, 2017 8:30 AM Registration Begins

                                        10:00 AM Walk Begins

                                        WHERE: ...Hockey Field, National Mall...
                                        Here is a link to photos from the Autism Speaks Washington, DC Walk from about seven months ago:
                                        https://www.facebook.com/pg/AutismSp...55555998141493


                                        [source: https://weta.org/local/calendar/auti...gton-dc-630242 ]

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