Autism Speaks Co-Founder Bob Wright joined members of the military and autism communities for a special autism awareness and fundraising event on Saturday, March 25, 2006, at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in Edinburgh, IN. In his keynote speech, Mr. Wright spoke about the need for increased funding to support families affected by autism and other disabilities.
"For any family, autism is a tremendous financial and emotional burden. For military families, the weight can be crushing," said Mr. Wright. "The autism community needs to push for improved access to services and guaranteed insurance coverage for ABA therapy."
In addition to Mr. Wright, Capt. Brian Alverson, the event's organizer and the father of a daughter with autism, spoke about the impact autism has on military families. Shelley Hendrix Reynolds of Unlocking Autism discussed the ongoing efforts of AutismCares, a consortium of leading autism organizations that has spearheaded a national emergency relief and recovery initiative on behalf of families affected by autism in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The day's events also included a fundraising walk and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, AutismCares and the Verbal Behavior Center for Autism (VBCA) in Fishers, IN.
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