AAAF strives to enhance the quality of life for children and adults living with autism in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties and raises funds through special events including their annual Flamingo Flocking. Grants include the Richard and Maureen Bashaw Grant for autism-related services and the Andrew D. McBride Grant for autism-related services for music, dance or equine therapy.
Tournament co-chair Robbie Powell has a seven year old son with autism. “Our family is blessed to have the resources to provide support and therapy for our son to allow him to succeed, unfortunately many families do not.” said Powell. “Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation allows individuals with autism the opportunity to participate in summer camp, recreation, respite and therapies.”
“Today 1 in 88 children, 1 in every 54 boys, is affected by autism,” said Beth Bashaw Cameron, Vice President of AAAF and the sister of an adult with autism. “The funding that AAAF provides is needed more than ever by local families struggling to provide for their loved ones on the autism spectrum.”
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to participate, go to www.adonisautism.org, call (239) 220-6806 or email robbiepowell@
About Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation
The Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with autism in Southwest Florida by providing resources, activities, information, advocacy and support. Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation raises funds to offer grants for autism-related expenses for children and adults in Southwest Florida. Grants include the Richard and Maureen Bashaw Grant for autism-related services, the Andrew D. McBride Grant for autism-related services limited to music, dance or equine therapy. For more information visit www.adonisautism.org or call (239) 410-7356.
Autism is a devastating neurological and biological disorder that is generally diagnosed in children between the ages of 18 months and five years of age. Autism currently affects 1 in every 88 children in the United States. Some people with autism are severely affected, cannot speak, require constant one-on-one care, and are never able to live independently. While others who have less severe symptoms, can communicate, and eventually acquire the necessary skills to live on their own. Individuals diagnosed with autism may have difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication and social interactions, and may exhibit physical disorders including epilepsy, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, digestive disorders, and autoimmune disorders. All of these issues can result in severe behavior problems in some individuals with autism.