In December 2021, Willie's mother and I learned that he had been diagnosed as ASD or autism spectrum disorder. Willie is such a loving, warm, fun, cuddly, mischievous, young boy. He loves to run, play with cars, riding the bus, taking bubble baths, and hugging his Mickey Mouse doll. Willie also has struggles in speech, focus, sensory processing, and regulating emotions due to his autism. However, he has made great strides and has begun to meet many of his goals as a result of his ABA therapy, school providers, and loving family. Much of this progress is a direct result of the research based techniques and models that have contributed to the wide body of literature to help improve the quality of life for people with autism. Charities and organizations like the Organization for Autism Research help fund research that has helped to improve the quality of life for Willie and other people like him.
Please help support me and Willie by making a contribution to my fundraiser and sharing this page with your family and friends. Every dollar I raise will advance Organization for Autism Research's great cause!
WHY RUN FOR AUTISM? 1 in 44 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. $40,000 fully underwrites an applied research pilot study.