Social media is a wonderful thing. I’ve had the immense pleasure and good fortune to connect with incredible people and organizations that advocate and raise awareness for autism.
One such organization that I have had the privilege of connecting with is the Golden Hat Foundation.
The Golden Hat Foundation’s beliefs, values and principles mirror my own. If you’ve visited my website and read my blog, you’ll know that I believe in the following:
I believe that every autistic person has abilities, strengths and attributes. I believe society shouldn’t mitigate the capabilities of autistic people simply because they are blinded by their differences. Autistic people have the right to receive a proper education, modified to fit their abilities. I also believe they have every right to be a productive member of society, to be accepted and not merely tolerated. I believe more funding is needed to invest in work programs and housing options for autistic individuals once they age out of the school system.
The Golden Hat Foundation believes the same. Here is part of their mission statement as seen on their website:
“The mission of the Golden Hat Foundation is to change the way people on the autism spectrum are perceived, by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their great potential. With proper education and career training, these individuals can truly realize their dreams.”
Another huge concern for all parents (including myself) with a child/adult with autism is long term care. What happens to their autistic child when they are no longer here to care for them? Many parents will not outlive their children and options for future long term care are limited if not non-existent.
One project that the Golden Hat Foundation is currently working on is the establishment of post-high school living campuses designed to the needs of individuals living with autism. These campuses will include condos, apartments and single family homes designed to support the needs and strengths of autistic individuals. How incredible is that! For more complete details of what this project entails, please visit their website here.
On Saturday May 17, 2014, The Golden Hat Foundation will be hosting their second annual Golden Hat Walk for Autism at the Dell Diamond (3400 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78664). To show my support, I have created an on-line personal page to help raise awareness and funds for their walk. You can visit my personal page here.
To learn more about the walk and how you too can support them, please visit their website at Gold Hat Walk for Autism.
The Golden Hat Foundation was birthed from the desire to raise awareness, acceptance and to make a difference in the lives of people living with autism. I applaud their work and I’m honored and grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to this foundation.
In closing, I’ll leave you with this video about The Gold Hat Foundation.
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