Well, you have done it again! We have reched our fundraising goal we put forth to you and your generosity has enabled us to meet and exceed our expectations!
We are so very happy to report that with your support we were able to:
Offer community-based programming during February and April school vacation weeks to over 100 children and teens and their families
Start a support group at a local Early Intervention organization where parents of children who are newly diagnosed with autism spectrum orders
provide outreach to other local organizations and make them aware that we are a resource for families and for people diagnosed with autism spectrum dirsorders
Provide Family Fun Days and continue to offer our social and recreational programming
We are so grateful for your support, and we hope you will continue to follow our organization and learn more about what we do at our website www.arcsouthnorfolk.org
We have posted a new project, Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC), and are looking for funds to continue our First Responder training intitiative. To date, ALEC has trained over 35,000 First Responders and has received two grants from FEMA to bring their training to Fire Departments throughout the United States and to International Airports. We hope you will continue to support us as we provide services to people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, both directly and indirectly through training and education as well as information and referrals.
Apr 14, 2015
Making a Difference!
By Betsy Roche - Director of Development
To date, the Autism & Law Enforcement Education Coalition has trained over 32,000 First Responders on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the best practices for crisis intervention strategies. With your help, we will continue to host trainings for Fire, Police, EMS and hospital room personnel at no cost to the First Response agencies being trained.
This training has been nationally recognized by First Response agencies as one of the best trainings on Autism Spectrum Disorders because the presenter has not only a personal/family relationship with someone diagnosed with Autism, but is also a First Responder themselves and knows the logistics of the job.
We thank you for your support of this great work, and with your help, we will make our communities safer for both people diagnosed with Autism and our local First Responders!
With 2015 upon us and the holiday season coming to a close, we wanted to reach out to you and say thank you for your generous support over the past several months. Thanks to the funds we raised through this project, we have been very busy!
During the fall, we expanded our Jump Trax program and invited children, teens and adults to participate in programs we ran in collaboration with a local trampoline park. It was a great way to get people up and moving in a safe, community-based program!
We also offered a toy making program before the holidays in collboration with another non-profit group, where we hosted an integrated arts and crafts day. Participants built their very own wooden toys, painted and decorated them alongside their family members. It was a wonderful day and with the spirit of the holidays, a heart warming event that promoted inclusion with the general public as well as the many families we serve here at Family Autism Center.
During the school vacation breaks, we offered activities like a train ride into Boston, a movie day event for the entire family, as well as general support to parents and caregivers who needed someone to talk to during the hectic times holidays and school vacations can sometimes bring.
We are humbled by your generosity, and promise to continue to offer the highest caliber of services for the families looking to us for support. Thank you so much for being a part of it, and Happy New Year!