Through both personal connections and my career as a Special Educator, my life has been touched by individuals with Autism and their amazing talents and unique gifts. (According to the CDC, Around 1% of the world's population has autism spectrum disorder - more than 75,000,000 people! - so I'm guessing your life has been touched by it in some way, too!)
So, in addition to committing to running far too many miles again at this year's Marine Corps Marathon, I'm also raising money for the Organization for Autism Research! If you are willing/able, please make a contribution to my fundraiser or share this page with your family and friends that might want to support the effort. Every dollar I raise will advance Organization for Autism Research's great cause!
WHY RUN FOR AUTISM? 1 in 36 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. By joining 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. $50,000 fully underwrites an applied research pilot study.