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Autism Fund speaker attends Chamber of Commerce Business Lunch

By Staff | Apr 21, 2010

This past week, Sanibel resident Patrick O’Sullivan, manager of The Autism Fund, Inc., spoke to local members of the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce at their monthly business lunch.

As April is Autism Awareness Month, O’Sullivan explained to the members in attendance about Autism, the different symptoms, and the classifications that appear on the Autism Spectrum.

The Autism Fund is a Sanibel based [501 (c) 3] charity that raises money for children living in Lee and Collier counties who have symptoms on the Autism Spectrum and whose families are unable to afford treatment. O’Sullivan explained the benefits of ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) Therapy, especially for children under the age of five who have symptoms on the Autism Spectrum.

Despite the effectiveness of this vital treatment, many insurance companies do not cover its cost because they deem it as educational rather than a medical treatment, and also because self-funded insurance plans are not required to follow the Florida law mandating coverage for Autism treatment, leaving many families with the financial burden of providing treatment for their children.

The Autism Fund was created to help alleviate this burden for families with the greatest need through grants paid directly to therapy providers.

The Autism Fund would like to thank all of the Chamber members in attendance for the opportunity to meet and speak to them, and would particularly like to acknowledge Scott Thompson of Servicemaster for donating to The Autism Fund an advertising space in the Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Bureau for the next month.

For more information on Autism research, on how you can help, or to make a donation, please visit www.theautismfund.org.