BENEFITING: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
Hey guys! Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. You know by now that I am running the 2017 Chicago Marathon. I am raising money for the Organization for Autism Research. I've promised to raise a $1,000 for them.
My son, Steven, is on the autism spectrum. Stacy felt Steven wasn't keeping up with his peers in playgroup. His speech was delayed and he didn't seem to understand games and play interactions like the other kids. With some encouragement (none from me) she spoke to a speech pathologist. The speech pathologist recommended him being tested for autism. He was diagnosed by a neurodevelopment pediatrician.
I said Stacy didn't receive encouragement from me, because like a lot of parents I was scared. That fear came from not understanding. I had been peripherally aware of autism, but I didn't know anything more than it existed. After Steven's diagnosis, I started to learn. One of the first things I learned is that we don't know enough.
The doctor that diagnosed Steven was the only doctor of his kind for 100's of miles. That's Alaska for you! Recently he retired. He had been waiting for years on a replacement, but one never came.
I hope that organizations like OAR can help provide support to people who can help us learn more about autism.
Thank you again for your interest and I hope you will give to this worthy charity. I have provided some charity watch websites that say OAR is responsible charity.
THE IMPACT YOU HELP OAR MAKE:
$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.