<![CDATA[Making Strides For Autism: Creating a More Autism-Friendly Community | We Connect the Community To Autism - Blog]]>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:00:29 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Making strides for autism and JUMBO SHRIMP HOST AUTISM AWARENESS GAME]]>Sat, 12 May 2018 03:29:31 GMThttp://makingstridesforautism.org/blog/making-strides-for-autism-and-jumbo-shrimp-host-autism-awareness-gameFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2018

Making Strides for Autism and the Jumbo Shrimp have partnered to host an Autism Awareness Game and Inclusion Outing on Sunday, June 10, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, FL, May 11, 2018– Making Strides for Autism and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp have partnered to host an Inclusion Outing for Autism Awareness on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp game versus the Biloxi Shuckers. Funding for approximately 20 families (80 tickets total) with autistic members is provided by the HEAL Foundation. Game day tickets will also be sold to the general public and autism families. 

“HEAL is honored to underwrite 80 tickets to the Jumbo Shrimp Autism Awareness Game on June 10 and congratulates Making Strides For Autism on this very special Inclusion Outing!” – Jason Gurka, Executive Director HEAL Foundation.

As a fundraising event, Making Strides for Autism will receive $4 from each ticket purchased at $9 per ticket. To support the autistic participants in the event, Making Strides for Autism will provide Sensory Bags to inclusion outing participants for use at the game.  They will also set up their Mobile Sensory Room on site to children that may become overwhelmed during the game and need a break.

“We are thrilled to host this inclusive event at the Jumbo Shrimp game. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects nearly 25,000 individuals in Northeast Florida, and it is wonderful to have community groups like the Jumbo Shrimp support our efforts to connect the community to autism.” – Carrence Bass, President/CEO and Founder Making Strides For Autism, Inc.

Funds raised will be used to help provide more Inclusion Outings, Sensory Bags, and their autism employment programs to people on the autism spectrum and their families.  Tickets can be purchased at www.bit.ly/ms4ashrimp using the Password “Autism”.

ABOUT MAKING STRIDES FOR AUTISM:  Making Strides For Autism, Inc. (MS4A) was founded in March 2016.  We're a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a social enterprise business model.  At Making Strides For Autism, Inc., our goal is to create a community that is more welcoming and inclusive for autism families.  We strive to lessen the emotional and financial impact of autism on families and people living in Northeast Florida with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  We are dedicated to providing support, training, and advocacy to those we serve; creating job training and meaningful jobs for people with autism, and to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on families and society. From Small Steps, To Making Strides: We Connect the Community to Autism. www.makingstridesforautism.org  
 
ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp offer affordable family fun at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Their inaugural season garnered the Southern League's Don Mincher Organization of the Year, Promotional Trophy, and Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year, won by General Manager Harold Craw. To experience the excitement with the terrific value of ticket and group options, call the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358-2846 or visit www.jaxshrimp.com.

ABOUT THE HEAL FOUNDATION:  Established in 2004 by Leslie and Bobby Weed, the HEAL (Helping Enrich Autistic Lives) Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Northeast Florida.  Since 2007, the HEAL Foundation has granted over $2 million dollars to the local autism community, assisting thousands of children, teens and adults through specialized programs, camps, educational enhancements, iPads and autism service dogs. HEAL’s newest initiative is iHEAL – iPads Helping Enrich Autistic Lives.  After witnessing the progress students with autism are making with iPads, the foundation was inspired to purchase over 350 iPads to date and donate them to Exceptional Student Education (ESE) classrooms in the counties of Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns.HealAutismNow.org

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If you would like more information about this topic, please visit www.makingstridesforautism.org, contact Carrence Bass at 904.862.6040 or email at info@makingstridesforautism.org.

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<![CDATA[Enterprise holdings foundation donates $1500 to making strides for autism, inc. for the friends with autism initiative]]>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMThttp://makingstridesforautism.org/blog/enterprise-holdings-foundation-donates-1500-to-making-strides-for-autism-inc-for-the-friends-with-autism-initiativeFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, FL, APRIL 12, 2018
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The Enterprise Holdings Foundation has donated $1500 to Making Strides For Autism, Inc. for the Friends With Autism Initiative.  The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, which, through its integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from Enterprise Holdings Foundation.  Autism Spectrum Disorder affects nearly 25,000 individuals in Northeast Florida, and it is wonderful to have community groups like the Enterprise Holdings Foundation  support our efforts to connect the community to autism.” – Carrence Bass, President/CEO and Founder Making Strides For Autism, Inc.

On Thursday, March 29th, Aaron Butler, Area Rental Manager, Rent-A-Car Division stopped by to deliver the check from Enterprise Holdings Foundation to Making Strides For Autism.  Mr. Butler was joined by Timothy Foxx, Area Rental Manager for a formal check presentation at the 3rd annual World Autism Awareness Kickoff last Sunday, April 8, 2018 to the Making Strides For Autism Board of Directors and the autism community.  The Friends With Autism Initiative, which provides support, training, and advocacy for local individuals with autism and their families.  This program is designed to create more autism-friendly businesses, provide sensory bags, improve accommodations and support, offer community health education about autism and sensory awareness, and provide career experience and jobs for autistic adults throughout the community.
 
ABOUT MAKING STRIDES FOR AUTISM: 
Making Strides For Autism, Inc. (MS4A) was founded in March 2016.  We're a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a social enterprise business model.  At Making Strides For Autism, Inc., our goal is to create a community that is more welcoming and inclusive for autism families.  We strive to lessen the emotional and financial impact of autism on families and people living in Northeast Florida with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  We are dedicated to providing support, training, and advocacy to those we serve; creating job training and meaningful jobs for people with autism, and to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on families and society. From Small Steps To Making Strides... We connect the community to autism. 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please visit www.makingstridesforautism.org, contact Carrence Bass at 904.862.6040 or email at info@makingstridesforautism.org.


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<![CDATA[Making strides for autism ribbon cutting & 2nd year anniversary celebration]]>Sun, 01 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMThttp://makingstridesforautism.org/blog/making-strides-for-autism-ribbon-cutting-2nd-year-anniversary-celebrationNonprofit Connects the Community to Autism with New Office Opening in Jacksonville on Friday, April 13, 2018

Jacksonville, FL—Making Strides For Autism is pleased to announce they will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and 2nd year anniversary celebration for its recently opened office. 

 “We’re happy to open our first office to both the local community and to our clients who will benefit from the services and programs.” said Carrence Bass, President/CEO and Founder of Making Strides For Autism. “The ribbon-cutting ceremony and 2nd year anniversary for Making Strides For Autism marks the launch of our Friends With Autism Initiative.  We’re extremely humbled and thankful for the support of the Jacksonville Community.  We’re looking forward to partnering with local businesses to create a more autism-friendly community.”

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will facilitate the 4:30pm ribbon-cutting featuring remarks from Jax Chamber Representative Tina Robbins, Chief of Disabled Services Division/ADA Coordinator City of Jacksonville Kevin McDaniel, and Making Strides For Autism President/CEO and Founder Carrence Bass.  Local officials and business owners will assist in congratulating Making Strides For Autism on opening its first office and 2nd year anniversary.

To further extend its commitment to autism families, autistic adults, veterans, and the local community, the Friends With Autism Initiative is being launched to provide new autism-friendly training, consulting, a Popup Sensory Break Room, and Sensory Bags to help make businesses more welcoming and accommodating to the autism community.  Support groups, family inclusion outings, job training, and meaningful jobs will be offered to autistic adults and families.  We will also offer E.F.M.P. transition support services to veteran parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through our partnership with the Northeast Florida Women Veterans.

“Our Sensory Bags will create jobs for autistic adults and women veterans in Northeast Florida.” said Christian McNeill, Board Member of Making Strides For Autism. “Our bags will be available at local businesses that have partnered with Making Strides For Autism.  Our goal is to offer them to businesses nationwide and provide 200 free bags to autism families in our community by the end of 2018.”

The new office is just one-mile from downtown, inside of the Northeast Florida Women Veterans’ building.  The public is invited to tour the facilities, meet the staff and board at 2133 Broadway Ave, in Jacksonville on April 3rd between 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  Followed by refreshments provided by Making Strides For Autism.  Please R.S.V.P. at www.bit.ly/ms4aopening

About Making Strides For Autism, Inc.:
Making Strides For Autism, Inc. (MS4A) was founded in March 2016.  We're a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a social enterprise business model.  At Making Strides For Autism, Inc., our goal is to create a community that is more welcoming and inclusive for autism families.  We strive to lessen the emotional and financial impact of autism on families and people living in Northeast Florida with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  We are dedicated to providing support, training, and advocacy to those we serve; creating job training and meaningful jobs for people with autism, and to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on families and society. From Small StepsTo Making Strides... We connect the community to autism. 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please visit www.makingstridesforautism.org , contact Carrence Bass at 904.862.6040 or email at carrence.bass@makingstridesforautism.org.


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