FOP helping families facing autism
Operation Autism Awareness, Education and Fundraising
Chances are Autism Spectrum Disorder has touched every member of the Durham Police Department in one heartfelt way or another. In fact, 1 in 57 eight-year-old children in North Carolina may be diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Several Durham Police Department employees, sworn and non-sworn, are impacted beyond measure by autism; they have loved ones diagnosed with the incurable development disability. Compelling stories of challenge, perseverance and hope are inspired by the journeys of Mbuthia’ 5-year old son; Riley’s 14-year old son, Thrall’s 14-year old son; Michael’s teen daughter; Kammie’s three nephews; Kimberle’s 23-year old god-son; and Celeste’s adult sister to name a few.
Autism causes challenges in the areas of social interaction, communication, and repetitive/restricted behaviors. In today’s society autism awareness and education is an essential tool as law enforcement agencies strive to achieve public safety ideals in partnership with an increasingly diverse citizenry.
Many families have benefited from early-intervention programs like Speech, ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and OT (occupational therapy), which are very costly. You can help more families by supporting the Autism Society of North Carolina this March and April. [April is National Autism Awareness Month.] While all donation amounts are welcome, here are some DPD campaign incentives*:
- First Tier $40 minimum – $40 for one ticket and additional tickets can be purchased for $20 each
- Second Tier $25 minimum – $25 for one ticket and additional tickets can be purchased for $10 each
The Autism Society of North Carolina has improved the lives of individuals with autism, supported their families, and educated communities across North Carolina for 50 years. Thank you for joining DPD in partnering with the Autism Society of North Carolina and the individuals and families they serve.
Thank you to the Fraternal Order of Police for sponsoring this fundraising event.
*Purchases for raffle tickets will be between March 29, 2021 through April 23, 2021.We will hold the raffle on April 30, 2021.