Why We Run
In a word … autism.
Autism now affects an alarming number of children –1 in 68 children, 1 in 42 boys. It presents them with lifelong challenges, in the areas of communication, social interaction, and behaviors. Without intensive help, most will require long-term care. However, with intensive specialized therapy, nearly all of these children gain significant, measurable skills. An amazing 48% of our clients are able to participate in mainstream classrooms without additional support. If we can start services before the age of three, that percentage skyrockets to an amazing 86%.
1 in 42 boys.
We can’t run away from these frightening numbers. So, instead, we run toward a ways to serve these children.
We run with our friends…so that children with autism can have some.
The HOPE Relay supports Project HOPE Foundation’s programs that serve the full spectrum of the autism community:
Hope Link – which provides information to the community about how to recognize symptoms of autism and meets with families who are just receiving a diagnosis, guiding them with strategies and game plans.
Hope Reach – which delivers nearly 2,300 hours of one-on-one therapy every week.
Bridging the Gap – which provides transitional classrooms that help children learn in a group setting.
Hope Academy – which provides classrooms specifically structured to include children along with their typical peers.
Virtual Hope – which helps youth with autism obtain high school diplomas;
Hope Unleashed – which uses dogs (in collaboration with Vested Partners) to develop communication, social skills, and vocational opportunities;
Hope Alive Junior and Hope Alive – which increases independence for those youth and young adults who require additional support; and
Project Fulfillment – which finds appropriate employment for adults on the autism spectrum.
The road of autism is a long, intense journey…just like the HOPE Relay.
The road of autism requires a team working together…just like the HOPE Relay.
The road of autism contains moments of challenge and of celebration…just like the HOPE Relay.