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How Are YOU Connected?

August 2016

Dear Autism Project Community,

How are you connected to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

As a parent? A spouse? A grandparent? A friend? An employer? A teacher?

The rate of ASD diagnosis is currently 1:68 children – and climbing. That translates to over 10,000 Rhode Islanders with autism. The probability is high that someone in your life has autism – that we all know someone with autism. That we are all connected to ASD.

Yet, distressing as the numbers may be, the more we come together as a community to support the children, teens, and adults in our lives with an ASD, the bigger the difference that we can make. That you can make.

You might not know this, but a group of elementary school teachers were essential to the founding of The Autism Project (TAP). They saw the growing need for educators to have training in ASDs. They saw how they were connected.

Today, because of community members like you, TAP trains more teachers and parents in ASDs than any other organization in Rhode Island. Just ask Jen! She is a preschool special educator and the majority of her students have autism.

“Thanks to TAP, I was able to modify my teaching to better meet the needs of my students and provide resources for them and their families. I now have an even deeper understanding of autism, and how I can better help individuals that are affected by it.

A lot of my students are nonverbal, or have very limited language. So although they might not be able to tell me, ‘thank you’ with their words, they express it with their smiles, laughs, and gestures. That is all I need to know that I am making a difference in their lives.

Thank you to TAP for showing me new and creative ways to communicate with my students and for helping me grow as an educator. Of course, my students thank you, too!”

You made this story possible. You make all of our stories possible.

TAP is about to enter into its 20th year–20 years of helping children, teens, and young adults with autism reach their full potential and live their best possible lives. But without financial support from community members like youthose who see how they are connected and want to make a difference – TAP and its essential programs and services would cease to exist.

The Autism Project’s fiscal year ends on September 30, and we still have $10,000 to raise to meet our goals.  Won’t you please consider a gift to our annual fund?  Your gift will make all the difference to students like Jen’s, their families, educators across the state, and all those who work to support individuals with autism each and every day.

We can’t thank you enough for your generosity and for making our first 20 years possible! You are making the connection between TAP and a better life for all Rhode Islanders with an ASD and their families.  You are transforming the lives of the people living with autism in your community.

Warmly,

The TAP Staff

P.S. Share how YOU are connected to ASD by joining our #TAPConnections campaign on Facebook (www.facebook.com/theautismproject) and Twitter (AutismProjectRI)!

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