For Immediate Release Contact: Ray Johnson, Executive Director
Autism Society of Georgia
Autism Society of Georgia Joins The Big Give for Autism, a Nationwide Day of Giving to Support Individuals Living with Autism
ATLANTA, Georgia (August 24, 2015) – On September 17th, Autism Society of Georgia will join communities across the country for The Big Give for Autism- a 24-hour crowdfunding event celebrating the 50 years of advocacy and leadership by the Autism Society – helping parents and individuals impacted by autism to provide options and opportunities while enabling individuals with autism to maximize their quality of life and life’s opportunities
But much remains to be done: the Autism Society continues to be at the forefront – leading the conversation and providing real help now to those affected by autism.
• Approximately one in four young adults with autism was socially isolated.
• Four in every 10 young adults on the autism spectrum never worked for pay between high school and their early 20s. Those who got jobs tended to work part-time in low-wage jobs.
• Approximately 26% of young adults on the autism spectrum received no services – services which could help them become employed, continue their education, or live more independently.
• Over half of young adults with autism received no vocational or life skills services during their early 20s.
• Nearly 37% of young adults with autism were disconnected from both work and education after high school
“We truly believe that every donation, no matter how large or small, makes a difference in our community,” said Ray Johnson, Executive Director. “I am excited that Autism Society of Georgia will participate in The Big Give for Autism and support individuals, families, and advocates who work tirelessly to make a real difference in the lives of those on the spectrum.”
To ensure donors and advocates have the ability to support their local affiliate, The Big Give for Autism uses Kimbia, an online fundraising platform that helps organizations engage and develop deeper relationships with donors.
For more information about supporting Autism Society of Georgia for The Big Give for Autism, visit www.autismsocietyga.org.
Autism Society of Georgia is an affiliate of the Autism Society of America. It’s mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone touched by autism. The Autism Society of Georgia serves as an ally dedicated to maximizing the opportunity for individuals with autism, their families and communities in Georgia to live fulfilled lives. The Autism Society of Georgia advocates acceptance and inclusion, and accelerates access to the specific needs of each individual over a lifetime.