Schererville, IN (PressExposure) April 27, 2012 -- The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation (www.myASDF.org), a national organization that provides direct support for families living with autism, partnered with the Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education and Support (OUCARES) in 2011 to fund its Christmas Gift Card Program.
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation helped OUCARES host its fourth annual holiday gift party at Pontiac's Whitmer Human Resource Center Elementary School for families living with autism. The event featured food, dancing, and gifts-and plenty of smiles-as the Pontiac, Michigan community celebrated the season of giving.
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation's donation of $500 Target gift cards to 11 deserving families came at a time when many families in the Detroit metropolitan area continue to struggle with the devastating effects of the recession, and during another year of cutbacks to special education programs throughout state.
"The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation's generous donation helped bring joy to many Michigan families last Christmas," said Kathy Sweeney, director of OUCARES. "I am still meeting parents that received a gift card telling me what a wonderful difference it made to their families during the holiday season."
In addition to supporting the Christmas Gift Card Program, the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation's donations have provided scholarships to the OUCARES Joey Travolta Film Camp, the Pee Wee Summer Day Camp, and other recreational programs held during the academic year. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation also contributes the golf equipment used in OUCARES' popular SNAG® Golf Program.
With new data showing that an average of 1 in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the need for contributions to support families living with autism has never been greater. April is Autism Awareness Month, so the Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education and Support (OUCARES) and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation (www.myASDF.org) encourage you to make a donation to help improve the lives of children diagnosed with ASD.