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Article by Krystal Sellers
HONOURED: Strive for Autism's public officer Alan Baird and president Maxine Baird with the group's award for Community Event of the Year at Cessnock's 2017 Australia Day awards.
Ten years ago this month, a support group for families of people with autism spectrum disorders held its first meeting in Cessnock.
Since then, Strive for Autism has helped to provide support for such families, and raise much-needed awareness of the lifelong developmental condition that can affect communication, sensory perception, social interactions and behaviour.
Strive for Autism president Maxine Baird said the group’s meetings provide information and support, and a forum for families with questions and stories to share.
The group presents annual awards to participating schools to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of students with ASD and their teachers.
It also raises funds to support local schools, sporting groups and individuals.
“Thanks to the support of our community and the generosity of our sponsors we have been able to provide many resources over the last 10 years,” Mrs Baird said.
The donations have included iPads, computers and grants to help educate children on the autism spectrum.
Strive’s regular fundraising events include an annual shopping weekend bus trip to Sydney. This year’s was the eighth shopping trip, and raised $4050.
Strive has won two Australia Day awards for Community Event of the Year – the first for its Sounds of the Spectrum concert in 2010.
The concert was held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre to a sold-out crowd of over 460 people.
Mrs Baird said it was an unforgettable event.
“We raised over $20,000 and gave our community an insight to autism,” she said.
“It is important that we create awareness as it’s not always an easy road for people on the spectrum.”
The seminar featured renowned speakers Dr Lee Sturgeon, Rachel Lee Harris and Jeanette Purkis.
“Their great expertise and understanding has helped to improve the awareness and support for families and individuals living with autism in our local community,” Mrs Baird said.
Dr Sturgeon, a clinical psychologist, is now an ambassador for Strive.
He said support groups such as Strive are essential in mobilising families to support other families with members with autism spectrum disorders.
“One aspect of current best practice for families with children with an ASD is to engage themselves with local community services and supports,” Dr Sturgeon said.
“Strive greatly assists families to meet this goal in the Lower Hunter region.
“I have been involved with Strive now for ten years and congratulate them on their accomplishments to date and wish them every success in their future ASD-related endeavours.”
Strive for Autism’s 10th anniversary dinner will be held at Cessnock Golf Club on Tuesday, November 14 at 6.30pm. The guest speakers will be Tim and Judy Sharp.
The cost for the dinner is $35 per person. RSVP is required by November 6. Contact Maxine on 0419 913 033 for more information.
Find out more at www.striveforautism.org.au.
Another Fabulous Article. - Thanks Krystal Sellars for the write up.
EDITORIAL ARTICLE SUBMITTED TO CESSNOCK ADVERTISER
The Sixth annual world Autism Awareness Day is Tuesday 2nd April 2013. Every year, Autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness raising events.
Baird Real Estates chosen charity since 2004 has been Autism raising thousands of dollars for this much needed charity. They will be holding a BBQ on 2nd April 10am – 2:00am out the front of their office. Cessnock Lions club again will be cooking up a storm. Autism merchandise will be available. Autism awareness packs have been sent to all local schools, encouraging them to join the Blue theme. A colouring in competition will be judged 5th April great cash prizes will be on offer entry sheets are available from Baird Real Estate.
Maxine Baird president of Strive For Autism a group formed in 2007 that supports families coping with Autism. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month excluding holiday’s 6:30pm -8:30pm. The support group is a great opportunity for learning, sharing ideas, hearing from professionals, discussing strategies to help deal with problems. Quite a few fundraising events happen during the year organised by Strive – all money raised is given back to our local community in the form of sponsorship- school presentation day awards- sporting events and equipment- all assisting children with ASD. A pampering evening has been organised 14th May for Parents & Carers it was a big success last year and is Free.
The annual shopping trip to Sydney outlets and shops is on 12-13th October. Both events are on the website www.striveforautism.org.au
Strive will do its part in Cessnock to promote Autism awareness and the need for understanding for kids on the spectrum.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. People with ASD have problems with social and communication skills. Many people with ASD also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to sensations. It is part of a group disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) In most cases it’s causes are unknown. Today 1 in 100 individuals diagnosed with Autism.
Money raised this year will go to Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) a not-for-profit organisation committed to helping people on the Autism Spectrum achieve their potential. Aspect builds confidence and capacity with people on the Autism Spectrum, their families and their communities.
So remember wear Blue and come along to Baird Real Estate and support Autism Awareness Day!
Strive For Autism has been busily working in and with our local community to do some amazing things. Check out the past 18 Months and all of the news and progress Maxine and the many members of the board, and our community have achieved:
Strive For Autism Support Group provided Cessnock Advertiser with a great press release on Autism Awareness:
Strive & Hunter Connect Autism Support Groups Joint Press Release for Maitland Mercury on Autism Awareness