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Eden Autism Services Florida names Special Needs Children?s Fund Advocate of the Month

Published: Oct 04, 2012 10:18 AM EDT

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

 (September 27, 2012) - Eden Autism Services Florida has recognized the Special Needs Children’s Fund as recipients 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.

The Special Needs Children’s Fund is a 501©(3) organization that strives to improve the lives of children with special needs and disabilities in Collier County.  The Special Needs Children’s Fund organizes fundraising events to offset costs brought on by debilitating diseases and disorders.   Families can use funds to offset education, transportation and medical expenses.

In 2012 the Special Needs Children's Fund financially supported Camp Eden in Naples, providing continuity of education and therapy for school-age children with autism spectrum disorders.  Continuity is important so that students do not lose skills that they worked so hard to attain.

“We are grateful to the Special Needs Children’s Fund for their support of individuals with autism," said Taire Malloy, Director of Development for Eden Autism Services Florida.  “They have helped many families through numerous grants that support our children.  We are indebted to the Special Needs Children’s Fund for their ongoing commitment to help children with special needs.”

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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