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Eden Autism Services Florida names Liz Quinter Advocate of the Month

Published: Dec 13, 2012 10:30 AM EST

 

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

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(December 12, 2012) - Eden Autism Services Florida has recognized Liz Quinter 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.

Quinter, the mother of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, has worked diligently to keep the Garden at Eden operations going since the garden’s manager, John Puig, took a leave of absence.  The goal of the garden is to provide improved nutritional and vocational training for the students of Eden Autism Services’ schools, as well as other interested youth and community groups.  Quinter works with volunteers to maintain the farm, composting and Rent-a-Bed operations.

“Liz saw the positive effect that the garden had on her son and is working to ensure that others receive the same benefits,” said Taire Malloy, Director of Development for Eden Autism Services Florida. “Working in the garden provides opportunities for increased communication as well as valuable work skills that our students need.” 

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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