Welcome to the ASNCI's website.
Here you will find a variety of information about our organization. We hope that you discover answers to the questions you might have about autism and who we are. If you need further assistance, feel free to contact us. Thank you for taking time to check us out.
In case you couldn't make it to the give back night at bdubs last week...don't worry there is another chance to be able to donate. Wings Ect is holding a give back night on July 16th from 11:00am to 11:00 pm. Please present this flyer when you go and 15% of your bill will be donated to our cause. They also have flyers available at Wings, just be sure to mention you are there to support the ASNCI. Thank you and we hope to see you there!
PLEASE COME OUT AND JOIN US ON JULY 26, 2014 FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL NORTH CENTRAL INDIANA AUTISM POKER RUN & PARTY. 100 % OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS RIDE ARE DONATED TO ASNCI CAMP CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, OUR FREE SUMMER AUTISM CAMP FOR LOCAL CHILDREN. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE GO TO www.autismride.org.
CAMP CIRCLE OF FRIENDS IS CURRENTLY FULL...
all the sections have filled.. thanks to all of you for your interest and for getting those applications in quickly...
Thank you also for those that attended the give back nights at TEXAS CORRAL and the AUTISM WALKATHON.. you are all appreciated!!!!
10th annual Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon celebrates largest turnout yet
Updated 21 hours ago
By MATT FRITZ
La Porte Herald Argus
La PORTE undefined Five years ago, Bryan McCarty and his wife had plenty of worries about their two boys Ian and Riley.
Nine and 10, respectively, both children suffered from autism; Ian with a nonverbal form, and Riley with an autism spectrum disorder. McCarty and his wife were concerned with how they would socialize, what they would do in school and how their lives would unfold.
"With a child with autism," McCarty said, "you're always worried about how they are going to interact with others, and how others are going to interact with them."
But then the parents joined the Autism Society of North Central Indiana, and participated in the organization's monthly support group for parents, and its Halloween and Christmas parties, and its free summer camp for kids. For the latter, McCarty said it introduced his sons to police officers, teachers and other community leaders, giving them the opportunity to interact with a variety of people, while also giving them a safe environment to play in. He noted that autistic children really need more one-on-one interaction than other children.
"This organization has really brought some peace of mind," he said.
And on Saturday, McCarty and his family joined nearly 800 other walkers in support of the ASNCI's 10th annual Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon at the La Porte County Fairgrounds.
There, participants from across the community and beyond came to help the organization raise money for its annual free summer camp, along with supporting its teen nights, holiday parties, scholarships and other functions.
Organization founder Karen Cooper said the turnout was fantastic.
"There is close to 800 people here," she said. "This is the largest group we've ever had."
Cooper, who recently retired as the autism consultant for the South La Porte County Special Education Cooperative, said she started the organization 10 years ago to meet the needs of parents looking for support in the community.
She said the walk-a-thon originally started as a means to raise $2,000 for an annual summer camp. But it ended up raising approximately $13,000 the first year, so the money has been used to support a variety of functions.
This year the ASNCI got a special boost when more than 200 Alcoa Howmet employees joined the walk, bringing with them a $2,500 grant from the Alcoa Foundation
Employee Scott Bolles, a member of Alcoans in Motion, a group promoting health and wellness in the community, said the grant is awarded whenever enough employees get involved in a charitable effort. At more than 200 participants from Alcoa Howment, the event had more than enough people to qualify for the grant.
The father of an autistic child, Bolles said ASNCI provides great parental support.
"It really helps when parents can talk to each other and get answers to their questions," he said, "especially when it comes to their children's schooling."
Cooper said the camp services four different age groups from kindergarten to eighth grades. But her group also provides scholarships for autistic children pursuing higher education, and teen nights where high school-aged children get a night out without their parents.
According to an ASNCI press release, autism affects one in 68 babies born in the United States, and there is no cure, so awareness is the best way to help families cope with the condition.
CAMP APPLICATIONS WERE SENT APRIL 25, 12:29 pm, camp is full as of Wednesday, May 7 2014.
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