When Help Autism Center was founded in 2005, the word “autism” was usually met with blank stares.
…So we decided to put our boots on and Stomp Out the Silence!
The idea for Stomp Out the Silence of Autism & Disabilities, Inc. (DBA: Help Autism Center) came to Brian Thomas’s grandparents, Brian and Marti Hall, when they talked to their friend Gregg Whelen. About young Brian’s uncertain future and other families with autism, facing a lack of resources. Gregg, who runs an assisted living facility for mentally challenged adults in Denver, Colorado, saw a need for a similar type of facility for adults with autism. Together, they decided to start Help Autism Center, to help fund and provide services for families in Colorado with members who have special needs.
The story behind the name: Stomp Out the Silence of Autism & Disabilities Inc
When Brian Thomas walks, he Stomps his feet. Out the Silence, Brian is non-verbal. So we became his voice and others like him. Autism & Disabilities, those are the families and people that Help Autism Center provides the resources for services and therapies.
We knew back in 2005, that the call for help was a real SOS emergency to help families like Brian’s. But even though many people have started talking about autism, the challenge still lies ahead to HELP AUTISM.
Brian Thomas, the affectionate and loving twenty two-year-old and grandson of Brian Hall. Little Brian loves to get hugs and kisses. His version of a hug is to lean against a person, and he puckers his lips to give his very special kisses.
Young Brian loves to be a part of things and be around people, but he does not know how to do the things that adults his age are able to do. He will watch others, but his speech is developmentally delayed, preventing him from joining in unless someone else is there to help him. What is – for most people – a simple process of telling someone what you see is missing from Brian’s world.
Help Autism Center Ranch:
For children and adults with autism and special needs, coverage for services such as therapy, integration advocacy, vocational training, life-skills instruction, assisted living, respite care, and work programs is critically lacking. To counteract this inadequacy, Help Autism Center hosts, or partners with organizations to host events to raise funds. Assist families who have children and adults with autism and special needs, to provide much-needed therapy and services.
Help Autism Center, in concert with other service providers, will deliver living facility for adults with autism and special needs, as well as multiple therapies and respite care for special needs children and adults. Any assisted living, therapy organization, and respite care center connected with this endeavor will be licensed by the State of Colorado and will meet State code for residential, therapy, and respite care facilities.
Provide life skills, community involvement events, job opportunities, and work programs.
Help Autism Center mission:
· Raise awareness.
· Assist public, private organizations, and companies, coordinate services and therapies.
· Refer resources to families with autism and special needs.
· Raise funds to help pay for services and therapies.
Goals and objectives:
· Create, plan, host and attend events. To benefit families with autism and special needs.
· Open Help Autism Center Ranch for autism and special needs.
Help Autism Center collaborates with organizations that have similar goals.
For more information: www.helpautism.org