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Eden Autism Services Receives $10,000 for New Playground Equipment

Published: Jul 03, 2012 1:09 AM EDT

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Naples school as grant recipient

 (Fort Myers, FL, July 3, 2012) -- Naples non-profit Eden Autism Services Florida received a $10,000 donation from Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church – Archangel Fund for Collier County Charities to purchase playground equipment for Eden's Eimerman Education Center in Naples.  Eden's Eimerman Center serves children with autism from grades K-12.

“We are thankful for the church’s ongoing support,” said Eden Florida executive director Susan Suarez. “There are many therapeutic and health benefits that are gained by outdoor play.  In addition, the routine of children with autism can be quite hectic and outdoor play can provide a very necessary respite.”

This is the second grant Eden Florida has received from Trinity by the Cove.

Grants are awarded to Collier County 501(c) 3 charities for improvements, equipment or special aids. Grants cannot be used to cover normal operating expenses and funds must remain in Collier County. The application process consists of both a written form and interview and decisions are based on the merits of each organization’s presentation, how well they are organized and execute their missions, as well as how they collaborate with other charitable agencies in the county. 

 About Eden Autism Services Florida

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, about Eden Florida, contact Susan Suarez at 239-992-4680, ext. 5010 or Susan.Suarez@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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