BENEFITING: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
ORGANIZER: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
My 15 year old daughter, Sarah, was recently diagnosed with ASD level 1. Her journey to the diagnosis took her through a very rough childhood with bullying, expulsion from the third grade, even bullying from parents of classmates, years of home schooling, expulsion from a summer camp last August where she was bullied and ostracized because of her inability to understand her peers actions, an eight day hospitalization at Vanderbilt last Thanksgiving where she was put on anti-depressants that made her psychotic for two months after, and finally admission to an incredible residential treatment center in Asheville where she has been off all medications and was diagnosed. And all this because of ignorance - and I mean that not in a mean way. Sarah was so close to "normal" that her "different" was interpreted as "bad".
And looking back, all her behavior makes so much sense. Yet seeing both a weekly psychologist and monthly psychiatrist visits since age 6 and multiple teachers and even with our intense research, she was never diagnosed until more intense peer relations were needed as she reached adolescence. Now she is receiving the support and help she deserves and needs at this wonderful Asheville treatment center.
There is so much to learn about this diagnosis and one of the ways I feel I can help is to raise awareness and to raise money. Please donate using the button to the upper right. All proceeds go directly to OAR - Organization for Autism Research.
WHY RUN FOR AUTISM?
1 in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. By donating to 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.