In the last several years I have been privileged to work with young children who have special needs. Some of these children have been diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. Working with these wonderful children has been, and continues to be, one of the best experiences I have ever had. I feel blessed to in some way (big or small) make a difference in their lives by helping them work through their daily tasks in the classroom. Their spirit and positive outlook are an inspiration to me.
On January 28th, 2007 I ran the Miami Half Marathon, and, thanks to so many of you, I raised over $5000.00 for the Organization for Autism Research. On October 7th, 2007 I am running my third LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, and I am hoping to once again raise more than $5000.00 for OAR as this organization does so much to improve the lives of all those affected by Autism. I thank you in advance for helping me reach my goal and for making your contribution to an organization that benefits so many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Please read on for more information about Autism and the Organization for Autism Research.
Autism is a neurological disorder that typically is diagnosed by the age of three. The symptoms of autism involve three major areas of development and impact a child’s abilities to:
- Engage in reciprocal social interactions with others
- Communicate with others in developmentally appropriate ways; and
- Participate in a range of activities and behaviors typical of the child’s age and stage of development
Autism spectrum disorders are found in all cultures and across all socio-economic groups with the ratio boys to girls with ASD being 4 to 1. In the past 30 years the prevalence rate of ASD has skyrocketed. Recent estimates indicate that autism spectrum disorders occur in 1 out of every 150 children born (CDC 2007) highlighting the facts that autism spectrum disorders are not rare and the importance of effective intervention is critical on a personal, familial and societal level.
Research, like OAR-sponsored studies, is needed to find answers and provide practical solutions for those with autism today.
This organization was founded 2001 with the goal of funding research for issues affecting the autism community, involving parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum. You can look at their organization and research projects on their website at http://www.researchautism.org/.
Thank you for visiting my Personal Fundraising Page. Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to my fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Or, if you're not comfortable donating on-line, you can send your donation check by regular mail made out to "The Organization for Autism Research" noting my name in the memo section of your check at:
Organization for Autism Research
2000 North 14th Street, Suite 480
Arlington, VA 22201