With appropriate education, vocational training, community living options and support systems, individuals with autism can lead dignified, productive lives in their communities and strive to reach their fullest potential. The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans (ASGNO) is there to provide a foundation for building such lives. They are an affiliate of national Autism Society and the only organization in New Orleans that is solely dedicated to autism.
Since the 1970’s ASGNO has been helping families faced with autism. Their services run the gamut from providing training, workshops and recreational activities. ASGNO runs deep within the community and holds several events a year which include the Autism Awareness Fest; Brushes, Buddies, and Beyond; and Family Game Night. Last year alone they were able to provide $13,000 in mini-grants to families and persons with autism to assist with treatment and other costs. With their information and referral line receiving over 500 calls a year, they are looking to be the go-to nonprofit on autism and related issues in the Greater New Orleans area.
Their Annual Autism Fest is a great example of how ASGNO is building up the community. It includes music, food, activities, and a wide variety of representatives from agencies who serve individuals with autism. What makes this event so important is that it raises awareness of the contributions individuals with Autism make to the community. Raising awareness of the abilities of people with Autism is vital to helping them become independent.
Brushes, Buddies, and Beyond for Autism offers participants the opportunity to learn how to paint in a fun and relaxed environment and to explore and learn more about painting from an instructional artist among friends and with a buddy. Buddies are trained volunteers who have a passion for serving and teaching individuals with special needs.
Raising $1,000 could help fund many of the programs and events they have in place and create the possibility of new programs devoted to families with autistic loved ones. With $2,000, they could create and sustain new programs around sensory processing, art, music, etc. With $5,000 they could create new and sustain existing programs, carry their mission further and revamp existing infrastructure which includes 2 part time employees and a virtual office environment."
Everyone walks to the beat of their own drum. Wear it proud. Let everyone know and support Autism Society of Greater New Orleans through their Screens for Good campaign today.