Good People, Good Causes: Answers for Autism
Writer / Kathi Moore
Not long after Patty Reed gave birth to twins, it became apparent that the two were very different. One was later to walk, didn’t talk until she was three and didn’t interact with her twin brother.
That was 19 years ago and doctors were mystified; there was no Internet and research was limited. So, Patty, along with other parents, eventually started the not-for-profit Answers for Autism, to help Indiana families touched by autism. This fully volunteer organization has virtually no administrative costs and provides research and program grants via private donations and grants from United Way, state employees, and corporate matching funds. Answers for Autism has funded 200 grants throughout Indiana over the past 13 years totaling over $600,000, with another $200,000 to fund research.
Currently, one in 68 children is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Hoosier programs and summer camps exist to assist with social skills, job training, job skills and safety.
Answers for Autism has many fundraising events throughout the year to raise grant money for these programs. The two biggest are this summer and they hope you’ll consider participating.
Sat. July 19, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 2nd Annual Answers for Autism Bike Ride. 40-mile, 20-mile and 1-mile family-friendly routes and activities from Fortville Nazarene Church.
Sat. Sept. 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 14th Annual Answers for Autism Walk at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel. Family festival with rock climbing, bounce house and also a quiet tent with more sensory activities.
Answers for Autism lives their mission every day—helping individuals with autism participate in and contribute to our community without fear of bias or loss of individuality.
For more information or to donate or register for events: answersautism.org