Easter Seals “tackles” autism

Hello to all my friends in the Easter Seals network!

It’s that time of year once again for the annual Easter Seals Walk With Me event. I sense another great year for the families and children diagnosed with autism, with everyone pitching in to do their part to support those in need.

Recently, I went with Alex Steele (Associate Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations), Kristen Barnfield (Director of Public Relations), and Jeanne Sowa (Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Relations) to Houston, Texas to take part in a great campaign called “Houston Tackles Autism.” This campaign highlights the future for many autistic individuals and it would require $1 million for it to be completed.

For those of you who may or may not know, Easter Seals is partnered with the Avondale House to provide services to many children with autism. When I first stepped into the Avondale House, it reminded me of the good times I’ve experienced in my youth at Easter Seals.

maurice.jpgThe icing on the cake was the Houston Texans players – Matt Schaub and Ahman Green — being a part of this campaign. Their stories relating their experiences of autism were inspiring and send a message that we have to work together.

I was fortunate to express my story to both of these talented football players. It was a great feeling to be in the presence of two individuals who aim to make a difference.

I ask that all people in this country give their 100% to fight autism. Don’t give up, just work together like Matt and Ahman to reach our ultimate goal – $1 million.

Of course, the money doesn’t just satisfy individuals with autism; it’s our devotion to Easter Seals and Avondale House that will send million-dollar smiles to everyone in this country.


 

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  1. Maurice Snell Says:

    Estee, I hear what you are saying about the use of the word “tackle”. To clear this up, the event in Houston was named “Easter Seals and Avondale House Tackle Autism”, but there was no physical tackling involved. Houston Texans players Matt Schaub and Ahman Green collaborated with Avondale House and Easter Seals to brighten the future for many diagnosed children. It was a fundraiser to help lower the number of autism in this country. We would never go the extreme of tackling children. We absolutely care about what’s right and we hope to reduce the cases of autism possible.

    You’re right; it’s not logical and justice to physically fight autism. We have to work together to help one another.


  2. Estee Klar-Wolfond Says:

    As Executive Director of The Autism Acceptance Project and a supporter of autistic people who tries to support their self-advocacy, I want to make you aware that the use of “tackle autism,” may not be the best choice of words. Similarly offensive to this community is “fighting autism,” etc. We don’t work against autism, we work for it. The Autism Acceptance Project seeks answers to the questions: “what kinds of help do autistic people need in order to contribute to society as autistic people.” Using “battle field” language not only expresses bias towards disabled people, it does not help society understand and accept physical and cognitive atypicality or difference.

    I believe there are many good things to support without “fighting” autistic people, and thus de-valuing them.


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