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AutismCares

When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, hundreds of families who have a child with autism were affected. Natural disasters can be especially devastating to a person with autism, and many lost food, medicine and therapeutic equipment. AutismCares was able to send more than $100,000 in emergency funds to 280 families across the East Coast to help purchase essentials lost in the hurricane. Now that things have settled, we’ve heard back from some families that we helped. Here’s the Grimaldi family’s update:

We love hearing stories from family and friends, through emails and in the news, about the generosity shown by so many to our loved ones with autism. But the stories that touch us the most are perhaps the ones we hear about the least: stories about people with autism helping other people with autism. We know that individuals on the spectrum are often willing and able to help their peers, and their efforts are frequent and widespread.

Denise Bianchi is an employee for Autism Speaks, helping in the Family Services Department for the Southeast Region as well as the Communications and Marketing Departments.  She is the mother of two children, Danielle, 18, and Andrew 13, who has autism.  She and her family reside in Staten Island, NY.