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Imagine receiving an autism diagnosis for your child. What would you do? Who would you turn to for help and support? 1 in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with Autism. Early detection is critical when it comes to autism, but the initial diagnosis is often the hardest step.
Families are faced with an uncertain future and often, too few resources for their support. Families are faced with fear, uncertainty, and in many cases the feeling of being completely alone. We need YOUR help to give children with autism and their families the jump start they need through intensive early intervention programs.
Organizations like the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), and Autism Speaks are on the front lines of developing new programs for education, awareness, research and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
One program, JumpStart©, is leading the fight in early intervention. JumpStart© is a 5 week course for parents, caregivers and children that have been diagnosed with or are at risk of autism spectrum disorder up to six years old.
JumpStart©, serves 60-80 families a year and currently has a 6 month wait list. The demand for this program is growing drastically and SARRC needs your help to serve more children. SARRC, a not for profit community-based organization, does not have funding to expand this effective and highly regarded early intervention program.
What can your money do?
- $25 pays for resource materials for 1 family in the program
- $80 pays for 1 family for 1 day in the program
- $400 pays for 1 family for 1 week in the program
- $500 covers the fee each family must pay to participate in the JumpStart program
- $2,000 pays for 1 family for the entire program
The total cost for SARRC to provide this evidence-based program to each family is $2,000. Scholarships, are available to help parents pay for the program – which are made possible by private grants and donations, but families are asked to pay $500.
SARRC relies on the generosity of donors to cover the remaining $1,500 of the program cost. In order to serve more young children, we need your help to raise at least $160,000.
Less time waiting, worrying and feeling hopeless is what parents need when they learn their child has autism. Families with newly diagnosed children and siblings at risk of autism, desperately need early intervention programs, like JumpStart© to have a better chance at a successful life.
100% of the funds raised in this program will go to support the innovative programs by the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), and Autism Speaks.