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Eden Autism Services Florida names Debby Lasek Advocate of the Month

Published: Oct 24, 2012 12:06 PM EDT

Award recognizes people and organizations who are advocates for autism by increasing awareness, raising funds or providing leadership in support of autism.

 (October 24, 2012) - Eden Autism Services Florida has recognized Debby Lasek as recipient of the Autism Advocate of the Month award. The award recognizes people or organizations who are advocates for autism by increasing awareness, raising funds or providing leadership in support of autism.

Lasek, the mother of a 20 year old son with autism, along with a core group of families and community leaders, organized the “Creating a Future for Adults with Autism” Conference on September 15 in Naples.  More than 80 participants attended the conference to discuss how to give young adults with autism a meaningful future.  

“While typical young adults mark the rite of passage of turning 21 with jobs, education and freedom,  the age of adulthood brings an end to most services for people with autism, as they lose important social and educational opportunities,” said Lasek.  “Our mission is to create a safe, financially sustainable residential community that provides meaningful work, recreation and training for adults with autism.”

“We applaud Debby’s efforts to bring together families, educators, agencies, politicians and businesses to discuss the urgent need to provide opportunities for adults with autism,” said Taire Malloy, Director of Development for Eden Autism Services Florida.  “Autism now affects 1 in 88 children.  It is imperative that we develop long-term solutions to meet the diverse needs of adults on the autism spectrum.”

Eden’s Advocate of the Month receives a certificate of appreciation and will be invited to an annual reception.

To nominate an advocate for autism who exemplifies Action in Autism, please submit your nomination including person’s name, contact information, and 50 word summary of why he or she should be selected to Taire.Malloy@edenautism.org or call 239-992-4680 extension 5014.

About Eden Autism Services

Eden Autism Services Florida was founded in 1996 to address the state’s growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families.  Eden Autism Services' mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and provide support to their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan.  These services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services.    For more information, contact Taire Malloy at 239-992-4680 extension 5014 or Eden.florida@edenautism.org.

About Autism

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 88 children in the United States, and one in 54 boys. The prevalence of autism has increased 600 percent in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

 

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