According to Autism Treatment Center supporter Sharon Folsom,
“The mission of Autism Treatment Center (ATC) is to assist people with autism and related disorders throughout their lives as they learn, play, work, and live in the community. The Autism Treatment Center in Dallas is both a school as well as a home for many children and adults who have autism or related disorders. My son Chase has benefitted from their services for over 10 years now, and has been living in one of their group homes for over 5 years.
“Chase, as well as the other children and adults who live in the group homes, is provided a caring environment where he is able to participate in various educational and therapeutic programs. Many of the children in these group homes are wards of the state, meaning they don’t have families to go home to at the holidays.
“After successful vaccination clinics for our residents and staff, ATC announced that program participants can now resume activities in the community. For Chase and his peers, this includes volunteering with Meals on Wheels to deliver food to homebound seniors and packing boxes of food for the local food bank.
“Recreational outings and volunteer activities help individuals with autism gain confidence and self-esteem while practicing social, communication, and vocational skills. We could not provide these extracurricular experiences without community support.
“This year our Sweet Charity Wish is to have new winter coats for our 85 residents. With colder weather approaching and scarcity of funds, ATC relies on donors like you to help fill in the gaps where funding is not readily available. Coats would be for children ages 6 to 18, and adults from 19 to 70; new coats are preferred, however, lightly used will be accepted.
“More important than the coats themselves is the joy and excited smiles that these gifts bring to the children each year.”
Please contact us at 972.644.2076 about making your donation happen.
* Photo provided by Autism Treatment Center