(***If you choose to donate, Please be sure to click on our team name on your *checkout screen* under the Choose Your Team option in bold red letters, to ensure your donation is applied to team CHANGE FOR AUTISM!!***)

Welcome to the *CHANGE FOR AUTISM* team! We are representing just a small “sub team” of the Autism Society of the Mahoning Valley, promoting the great need for understanding, acceptance, and inclusion to anyone- anywhere on the spectrum, and anyone who considers themselves to be an advocate for autism! Please join us on June 4th at the Canfield fairgrounds for a family fun carnival, an Autism Support Walk (at 10:45am) and 5k, special needs resources fair, raffle tickets at 10$ with all proceeds donated to ASMV and great prizes!
So, in supporting this cause, what is autism, really? Why are you supporting it, and more importantly WHAT ARE YOU DONATING TO?
Well first why not start with the actual definition of the word autism per
Autism or autism spectrum disorder, “is a complex, lifelong developmental condition that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. The autism experience is different for everyone. It is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is often referred to as a ‘spectrum condition’ that affects people differently and to varying degrees.
While there is currently no known single cause of autism, early diagnosis helps a person receive resources that can support the choices and opportunities needed to live fully.”
Also discussed at autism is the increased prevalence of autism in 2021,
“ Rockville, MD, December 2, 2021 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated data surrounding autism prevalence rates that show a slight increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism from one in 54 to one in 44. The Autism Society routinely reviews these reports to disseminate information, continue to advocate for necessary policy changes, and to better support the autism community.”

1 in 44. That is a huge number, and it’s climbing. So when I think of autism, I think of the future. The future of our workforce, our community, our schools, and our general “humanness”. I *DREAM* OF a future fit for my beautiful son, and our teams MVP, Christian (featured in our team photo).
Christian is 2 years and 4 months old.
He is a big brother AND a little brother. He loves spinning until he’s dizzy, super soft blankies, tiny hot wheels, and LOVES watching pinkfong & baby shark’s space adventure movie over and over! He loves flapping his hands with joy and making gleeful noises. He loves being outside feeling the wind on his face and through his beautiful golden curly hair. He laughs hard and sees beauty in everything. He has the ability to concentrate and focus and also enjoys quiet time and solitude. At this stage in his life he prefers non verbal communication.
Christian was diagnosed with autism level 3 (there are now 3 levels of autism, 3 being the most profound) on June 17th, at approx. 4:35pm, at the tender age of 18 months of life. Please take a moment to remember my earlier question. So.. why are you donating?
When you donate to this cause, you are saying you care about the future for ALL of our children. You are agreeing to move forward with empathy, and to be educated with the right information. The bottom line is that though different, these children and people with autism are not less than. They DESERVE respect. Progression. INCLUSION. You are agreeing that CHANGES still need to be made, acceptance and awareness still needs raising, and more resources are needed.
Imagine if you lived in a world where the way you were born was not considered “normal”. Which by definition per Miriam-webster dictionary is:
“1a : conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern : characterized by that which is considered usual, typical, or routine”.

If I had to define my son, I would state:
“Christian: born allergic to conformity. “Delayed”, by our standards, though factually intelligent. Unusual, atypical, extraordinary. Born authentic and original”
WELCOME, to CHANGE FOR AUTISM. Just a tiny little sub team, with a huge awareness of the need for continued changes and research; where stigma is broken, and WE LEARN to change for autism.
Welcome💙 and thank you.

Amount Raised20.00
Members1. Danielle Hawthorne - 20.00
Online registrations are now closed.
Register event day starting at 8am for Valley Autism 5K and Mahoning Valley Warrior Competition
or 9am registration starting for Walk, People-Powered Tractor Pull and individual Strongman events.
New registrations all events and shirt pickup days:
- June 2nd - 3-6pm - Second Sole, Boardman
- June 3rd - 2-4pm - Canfield Fairgrounds - Building 22