October 05, 2016
BENEFITING: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
ORGANIZER: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
Hi, I’m Matt Scott. I’m an NYC-based filmmaker and an avid runner.
And I’m terrified to be running the 2016 NYC Marathon!
But - I’m also thrilled to be raising money for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), a group dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by autism through the funding of applied science. (More info below.)
A few years ago, I was hired to teach film to a kid named Jason. Jason was 12, loved making movies, and lived with autism his whole life. He was also one of the funniest, most creative, sweet souls I ever met and he quickly became someone I am proud to still call my friend 6 years later.
Over the years, I’ve been lucky to be able to create a series of short docs and fundraising videos for autism schools and organizations over the years. Meeting the students, their families, and the educators who use a combination of science and love to knock down the barriers for those affected by autism has been eye-opening and soul-enriching for me.
So now, I’m proud to punish my feet and my sanity, and run 26.2 miles in the 2016 NYC Marathon to raise money for OAR.
Donate what you can, spread the word, be as awesome as you already are.
Help replace my marathon terror with marathon joy!
Thanks for listening -
(Some info on OAR and where the money goes:)
WHY RUN FOR AUTISM?
1 in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. By joining the RUN FOR AUTISM team, you're supporting OAR's mission to fund research and resources that help people with autism and their families today.
Here are some of the ways that OAR uses the funds raised by the RUN FOR AUTISM team:
- $10 provides a Curriculum in a Box professional development set to general education teachers.
- $25 provides 15 copies of A Guide to Safety to families and first responders.
- $100 provides the Kit for Kids peer education resource to an entire elementary or middle school.
- $150 provides 100 copies of a Life Journey through Autism guidebook sent to a community support group or military installation.
- $1,000 provides a research grant for a graduate student studying autism.
- $3,000 provides a scholarship for a student with autism to attend college.
- $30,000 fully underwrites an applied research pilot study.