As you may know, FaffCon makes a donation to a local charity in each of our host cities. Thanks to the additional generosity of FaffCon participants, we’ve raised over $10,000 for worthy causes over the course of the last four FaffCons! We’re very excited to announce that our charity for FaffCon 5 is the TEACCH Autism Program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte
TEACCH was founded in 1972 by the late Dr. Eric Schopler, a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of autism, during a time when the general public was largely unaware of autism and the prevailing medical belief was that the condition was caused by poor parenting and “Refrigerator Mothers.”
It was against that tragic backdrop that Dr. Schopler was one of the first to establish the neurological basis of autism. He originated effective treatment strategies that not only vindicated parents, but made them partners in their children’s therapy.
TEACCH provides a variety of services for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including diagnostic evaluations, parent training and support, social play and recreation groups, counseling, and supported employment for higher-functioning clients. They also conduct important psychological, educational, and biomedical research as well as providing training for teachers, residential care providers, and other associated professionals in the U.S. and around the world.
One of FaffCon’s core values is to “leave it a little better than you found it,” based on a precept that I’ve treasured since my days as Scout. At past FaffCons we’ve been able to give to Actors for Autism, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Everybody Wins Atlanta, and the Oregon Scottish Rite Clinic’s KidTalk program. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your incredible generosity.
I’d also like to thank my dear friend Bob Souer who serves as FaffCon’s charity liaison, heading up our charity search and evaluation process (and who can sometimes be seen at FaffCon surrounded by a sea of Faffers with fists full of cash, looking like a modestly dressed Chippendale Dancer). He carries out this mission thoughtfully and with great care, helping us find worthy non-profits who need our help.
We’ll be presenting a “big check” to TEACCH at FaffCon 5’s closing session. If you would like to add your contribution to the total, Bob Souer would be delighted to accept your check at FaffCon! If you won’t be in Charlotte, you can mail your check (made out to TEACCH) to:
2885 Sanford Ave SW #19348
Grandville, MI 49418
Thank you for helping us help others!