This will be my fourth Chicago Marathon and my second running to support OAR. Autism first impacted my family in 2005 when my son Shane was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. After years of questions, I myself was diagnosed with AS in 2016. I will be publishing my second book "Hello, I am Jim: a family story of Asperger Syndrome" in May 2018 (www.jamesjgaffney.com). This book has been two years in the making and chronicles my life and the challenges that autism has posed for me, my son and my entire family. Autism awareness has improved tremendously in the past 20 years but there is still a long way to go. Further research is necessary to better understand autism and assist individuals and families that live with this condition every single day. Anything I can do to help promote autism awareness and raise funds for a dedicated organization such as OAR is well worth the effort. Your donation can make a difference and help OAR promote awareness, fund research and even provide college scholarships for students with autism. Please take a moment to review the summary below to see just how much your donation can help make a difference. Thank you.
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.