Our Story

TeamAutism.org was started in July 2007 by Stacey and Alan Danielson.  Our goal is to train first-timers and seasoned walkers or runners for marathon events with coaching, camaraderie, travel and accommodations for major marathons.  Each participant trains in honor of a local autistic person.  They also raise funds to help autism support groups throughout Oklahoma who are impacting the lives of individuals and families affected by autism.

Why TeamAutism.org was Started

Stacey and Alan Danielson decided to start TeamAutism.org as a result of Alan's desire to get healthier and desire to take on the incredible challenge of walking a marathon while raising money for autism.  Their oldest son, Taylor, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2005 and it has radically affected their lives.  They both have developed a deep passion to help families like their own.  Stacey ran a marathon in 1998 with the Leukemia Society's Team in Training program which helped her train and raise money for the fight against Leukemia. Unfortunately as Alan searched for an organization to help him do the same thing for autism, he could not find one. Thus TeamAutism.org was born.

Our Commitment to our Runners and Walkers:

Travel accommodations and entry fees for the event

Fundraising support, materials, ideas and strategies

Comprehensive training schedules for running or walking

Up to six months of supervised coaching

Regular group training sessions

Advice on nutrition, injury prevention, training techniques and sports psychology

 

Runners and Walkers Commitment to TeamAutism.org:

Raise a designated amount of funds to aid those individuals and families affected by autism

Train to walk or run a marathon!



 TEAMAUTISM.ORG's PARTNER ORGANIZATION:


Autism Oklahoma formerly known as OKLAHOMA FAMILY CENTER FOR AUTISM

Their mission is to enhance community involvement, relationships and quality of life for families affected by autism.

Finding Hope

Families who have a child with autism often experience a myriad of related issues.  Family isolation, is a common problem.  Most families need assistance to know how to deal with "normal" community systems such as schools, sports, doctors, insurance providers, friends, family, and family outings.  Divorce rates have been reported as high as 80-90 % for families who have a child with autism.  Since most private insurance companies in Oklahoma do not cover autism treatments, most families experience financial issues.  Even with "normal intelligence," adults who have autism or Asperger's Syndrome have less than 2% chance of living independently.  The Oklahoma Family Center for Autism (OFCA) was created to help families facing these issues.

Family Support

OFCA provides support for preserving families affected by autism.  Originally called PAC, Parents of Autistic Children, their membership has grown from two families to 300 families since 2002.  OFCA is families helping other families.

Workshops

OFCA is committed to providing hands-on workshops for the issues that face our families.  Workshops will be provided for Visual Scheduling, Bullying, Building a Family Master Plan, and other relevant topics.  These hands-on workshops will provide an opportunity for parents to practice and develop essential skills to improve the families' ability to function successfully in the community.

Community Support

OFCA provides tools for families to help them interact with the community around them.  Family Fun Nights provide a way for families to have a safe, social evening with the entire family.  In addition they are committed to educating the community about the challenges facing a family with autism.

Education

OFCA provides weekly communication through e-mail and their web-site.  They offer monthly meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Edmond Public Library from 7-9 PM.  The meetings offer interesting and informative speakers as well as family sharing.


Association

OFCA is a member of the Oklahoma Autism Network and is committed to working with member organizations to share programs and knowledge for all families in Oklahoma.

 

 

OFCA is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization and all financial gifts qualify as tax deductible donations.

 

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