by Ashley Lopez
All Along The Spectrum is having our 2nd Annual Autism Awareness event on Saturday April 4, 2020. The event will be held at Hontz Hall in Gas City. Admission is FREE and open to the public.
Some of the informational and retail vendors include:
- Living forward (aba clinic)
- Serenity pediatrics
- Carey services (child & adult services)
- Spring health
- Color Street by Sybil
- Wreaths by Rachel Tate-Sevenish
- Crafts by Sass
- Food and drinks that will be available:
- Hot dogs
- Nachos and cheese
- Puzzle piece cookies
There will be music and entertainment, games, raffles, an appearance by Brandon “Elvis” Howard, a photoshoot area, a sensory bin area, face painting, Elasta-girl from the Incredibles, a surprise super hero, the Easter Bunny, and so much more!
Did you know:
- 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) nationally.
- 44% of children identified with ASD have average to above-average intellectual ability.
- About 1 in 6 children in the United States had a developmental disability.
- Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2%–18% chance of having a second child who is also affected.
- The average annual medical costs for children with ASD are about 6x higher than costs for children without ASD.
What has All Along The Spectrum done so far and what do we plan to do?
We provide online support groups for families with special needs to vent; speak with other people who know and understand what we are going through; and we help direct them with options and avenues to try for any stage, from pre-diagnosis through adulthood.
- We recently spoke with a church, and we are currently in the process of finalizing plans and contracts to begin working from a local church here in Marion, Indiana. (Details to follow once everything is finalized.)
- We held our first event in April (during Autism Awareness month) and had a phenomenal turnout.
- We are currently in the process of becoming a nonprofit organization. At this time, we have our EIN, but soon will have our 501(c)(3).
- We have combined with another local nonprofit to provide more than 125 backpacks, each filled with supplies, to local families in need.
- We sponsored the Guardians of the Children’s Fundraising event
- We sponsored Ole Miss Youth Sports Softball, as well as coached both a regular season team and the all star team.
- We partnered with CapeABLE weighted products (out of Fort Wayne, Indiana) to donate and provide the Marion Fire Department with weighted products to have on hand, to use for children and adults in crisis. We also got a blanket donated to each station to allow for the firefighters to get use of the blankets while they spend the night at the fire department.
- The Marion fire department is the FIRST in Indiana to be equipped with weighted wearables to have on hand for children and/or adults in crisis.
- We gave the entire fire department an informational class over the period of 3 days, to educate them on the uses and benefits of weighted products.
- The weighted products are patent pending and the ONLY product in the WORLD that uses *SMART-WEIGHT* technology, which is current to neuroscience.
- We are consulting with The Autism Society of Indiana to provide more support to our community. Offering training classes, assistance with paperwork, and also monthly meetings for families and young adults to meet and speak with one another.
What we hope to provide the community:
- Continued support (online, by phone, and face to face)
- Assistance with paperwork
- Lists of companies and doctors to help each family navigate and determine who is right for them
- An emergency fund to provide assistance to families in need
- Advocacy for families and assistance to make the process easier to navigate
To contact us, please visit our FaceBook page (and group) “All Along The Spectrum.”
You can also reach out to us directly at 765-603-2158 to speak with the founder, Angie Schlueter. Or email us at AllAlongTheSpectrum@gmail.com