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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Don't Miss These Fall Fundraisers!

In this day and age, the non-profit organizations that serve families with autism need all the financial support they can get. Two of our favorite local groups that support North Carolinians with autism are having fun events this October to raise money to help more people in our area. I've written before about why where you donate matters - now is your chance to participate in events that provide support to two non-profits that work to directly improve the lives of individuals with disabilities right here in our local community.

Central Carolina First In Families - Neurotypical Benefit Film Screening

"Normal is just a setting on a washing machine..."

Come out to The ArtsCenter in Carrboro on Monday, October 7th at 7:30 to see the full 88 minute theatrical release of the acclaimed documentary Neurotypical. North Carolina filmmaker Adam Larsen takes viewers on "an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves". Filmed largely in North Carolina and Virginia, the film asks us to consider what it means to be "normal" and what it means to be human. Best of all, the filmmaker will be available for a question and answer session after the film (either in person or via Skype depending on his travel schedule). 

Buy tickets in advance for $8 each or at the door before the film for $10 each. All proceeds go to family support for individuals with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries in Orange, Chatham, and Person counties. Not free that evening? Consider buying a ticket anyway as a donation. For more information, call Central Carolina First In Families at (919) 251-8368 or visit their Facebook page.

Autism Society of North Carolina - 15th Annual Triangle Run/Walk for Autism

Image via the Autism Society of North Carolina blog.

The Autism Society of North Carolina hosts run/walk fundraisers around the state (not to be confused with the autism walks put on by that non-local organization), and the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism is coming up on Saturday, October 12th. The race is held in Moore Square in Raleigh, starting at 9am. There is a competitive timed 5K for the serious runners, followed by a non-competitive run or walk. Need a little extra motivation to put on your walking shoes? The course goes right by Krispy Kreme.

I attended the event last year, and can't wait to go again this year. It is a really fun atmosphere with lots of booths set up in Moore Square with information about the Autism Society of NC and various local professionals. You can register as an individual or form a team, either way it is $25 to sign up. Once you are registered, you get a personal event page so friends and family can sponsor your efforts in support of your loved one with autism. Funds raised by the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism go to Camp Royall scholarships, to fund teacher grants, support respite care, and provide other community programming in North Carolina.

What fundraisers and events are you looking forward to this fall? Let us know!

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