Based in Greenville, North Carolina, Aces for Autism is a non-profit organization that works with people on the autistic spectrum to help them achieve their full potential. Autism, a neurodevelopmental condition that impairs social skills, affects 1 in 59 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
In a report this month, Wnct.com shared the story of a North Carolina woman, Ms. Purdie, whose three sons, Elijah, Israel, Emanuel, all have autism. Purdie became involved with Aces for Autism after trying several therapies and treatments for her sons that were unsuccessful.
“Aces has been amazing to me it’s been an amazing support for my family,” Purdie said. “With Aces help, they showed me different ways to communicate with the kids and different cues that the children are giving me I just was not picking up on.”
Purdie says her sons have made friends through the organization and adds that she has found support from other parents as well.
“We have the kids meet up for play dates whether it’s at the park or the swimming pool,” she said. “We’ve been invited to birthday parties and places that we’ve taken the kids I probably would never have taken my kids alone.”
According to its website, Aces for Autism was founded in 2014 when a group of families and business leaders met to organize a fundraiser for Samuel Robinson, a boy with autism. Samuel’s parents, Kyle and Bobbie, felt compelled to do something that could improve the lives of children with autism and their families throughout North Carolina.
Those interested in learning more about Aces for Autism can visit their website at https://acesforautismnc.com/