The Issue: Limited Resources for Youth with Autism
About 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism-spectrum disorder, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavioral therapy can help these children learn to communicate with their families and find stability, but these types of programs can cost up to $60,000 per year and often have long waiting lists, preventing many families from getting the assistance they need.
The Campaign: Creating Tutorial Videos for Kids with Autism
If 40 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Ella's Hope for Autism can work with therapists to produce 15 applied behavioral-analysis tutorial videos to help youth with autism learn necessary life skills. These professional online tutorials also teach parents the skills to connect and communicate with their children while they wait for in-home sessions with therapists. Each additional $10 raised will go toward therapy scholarships for low-income families.
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Ella's Hope for Autism
In 2010, 2-year-old Ella McPheeters was diagnosed with autism. Her parents, Hope and Sam, soon became frustrated with the long waiting lists for behavioral-therapy programs and other services and decided to do something about it. They rallied the local community and won a Pepsi Refresh Project grant to found Ella's Hope for Autism. Ella’s Hope aims to raise awareness of autism and increase the availability of therapeutic resources for young children with autism-spectrum disorders. Working with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Ella's Hope also sponsors scholarships for families and maintains an autism lending library.