Autism Research is a cause very near and dear to my heart. I've dedicated over 10 years of my life to working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder- first in home programs during college working preschool ages children. After college, I began working at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism as a behavior therapist working individually and in group instruction with preschool, primary and intermediate aged students with autism. Next, I moved to teaching my own classroom of intermediate aged students and managing the behavior therapists who worked with the students. I now manage a variety of research projects through the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism Research Program. Here's our website if you'd like to learn more:
I continue to organize a yearly Spring Dance (our 5th year) for the past and present students at the Center for Autism. This event is a chance for our students to experience an event very typical to most middle and high school aged students.
Now that I've begun running (this year I'll run the 10K- hopefully in the future I'll do a half or even full marathon!), I'd like to benefit individuals with autism spectrum disorders by raising money to aid autism research. The Cleveland Marathon is partnering with OAR to do this. OAR is the Organization for Autism Research. OAR’s mission is to apply research to the challenges of autism. In simplest terms, applied autism research is “practical research that examines issues and challenges that children and adults with autism and their families face everyday.” Here is their website: http://www.researchautism.org/
A few statistics:
• Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
• More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
• Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
• Autism costs the nation $126 billion per year
• Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
Please help by making a donation to help advance autism research!