Organizers plan to raise money for community autism agencies
Thu, 03/15/2012 |
Debra Pressey, staff writer,
Photo by: Rick
Tim Welsh and his son Tanner in Catlin
Wednesday March 14, 2012.
DANVILLE, IL — Tim Welsh, a longtime parent advocate for
autism, has seen too many families at the breaking point.
It has been his dream to create a safety net for those families — many coping with autism without enough help or money to get it — and now he hopes to achieve that through a new not-for-profit agency he has launched.
The new organization, named AutismAid, will work to raise money to support community agencies serving people with autism and their families, said Welsh, of Catlin.
"The impetus for this organization is boots on the ground, hands getting dirty, helping families that are at the breaking point," he said."
Welch has a 14-year-old autistic son, and Welsh uses the name "Tanner's Dad" for his autism advocacy through social media and has more than 10,000 followers on Twitter.
new organization "won't have hoity-toity goals"...
What Welsh wants is to get the community organizations the help they need, so they can help the families and children dealing with struggles in day-to-day life, he says.
"The trouble is there are so many
fiefdoms in the autism world," ...
"We don't want to run anything. We want to use a national presence to
raise money, and provide a safety net to distribute to local
organizations who will execute their business plans from the money we
Welsh is inviting businesses, non-profit agencies, medical providers and others worldwide to participate in AutismAid. They are taking submissions from regional service providers and can be reached by email at
Eight minutes video introducing our
Executive Director Tim Welsh
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