Temple Grandin, perhaps the world's most famous person with autism, once said that "the most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things."
When my daughter turned 18, we quickly discovered those opportunities to be exposed to new things were increasingly limited.
The truth is, the opportunities for adults with autism AND OTHER DISABILITIES are few. I quickly rejected "day programs." Even the best (and very expensive) kept our "kids" largely from the world, where they interact almost solely with each other. Until now, no program has existed for daily interaction outside those walls. Therefore, the community, (for the most part), never gets to know people with autism and other developmental disabilities at all.
Austen and I are here to change that. The mission of Austen's Autistic Adventures is, "To Bring the World to Autism and Autism to the World." From DAILY interactive "field trips," to monthly "house parties," to long-weekend excursions, adults with autism and others with developmental disabilities will find something to keep them engaged and learning, all year, all their lives.
For six months, I have tried to keep the costs very low for families and I am committed to doing that permanently, but as we grow, so too does our need for money. I have quit my job to do this full time. The "kids" need a van, to take the burden off of parents getting them to and from events. We need tshirts and group GPS wrist bands for safety. We need money for art supplies, snacks and drinks, cleaning supplies. Oy!
To learn more about our foundation, goals, and needs, please visit our website:
Additionally, I actively maintain our Facebook page.
There, you will see so much happiness, not just from the kids, but from the community as well. Please consider a donation to keep us going strong.
- A Hall
- Cynthia Villyard
- Jim Bauerlein
- Nancy Pace
- Michelle McKay-grahlfs
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