PDT Staff Writer
Members of the Autism Project of Southern Ohio met Tuesday at Daymar College to share information about their organization, and to discuss details regarding their upcoming raffle event on Sept. 16.
The Autism Project of Southern Ohio is a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 2007, that is more than an organization, it is a family. The organization’s mission is to raise awareness about autism, to dispel the myths about autism, by educating people about the truths regarding autism, and to help autistic children to reach their fullest potential in school and in the community.
The Autism Project is governed by a Board of Directors, which include, Wayne Allen, Mike Payton, Janet Murnahan, Mary Ellen Berry, Mary Haitz, and Beth Sines. The Officers include Michael Bell, President, April Kirkendall, Vice President, Jodie Walker, Treasurer, and Rebecca Davis, Secretary.
“It’s all about community support, and family support. We are one big family now,” Walker said.
The parents in the organization provide support to one another, to overcome obstacles that are associated with having an autistic child, such as limitations in health care coverage.
“I know that there are parents out there who feel as if they are alone, I felt that way years ago,” Bell said. “We want them to know that we are here, and will help to provide them with the resources that are needed for their child”.
The dues are $15 per family, which members pay one time per year in April. All monies collected from dues and or donations go directly to improve the quality of life of the children.
Southern Ohio Autism Project will raffle off a 2000 customized Jeep Wrangler 4x4 on Sept. 16, 2012, at Tracy Park. The tickets for the raffle are $20 and are available at Cooper’s Trucks and Accessories, Daymar College, Mary’s Spirit Shop, Quality Motorcoach or any member of the Autism Project of Southern Ohio.
Portia Williams may be reached at 740-464-3862, ext. 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.