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Choose Blue for Autism presents a weekend of events to educate and raise awareness of the complications a diagnosis of Autism brings. We also celebrate the achievements of individuals and families who persevered beyond this diagnosis.

 

April is Autism Awareness Month.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 1 in every 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Approximately 8,000 Iowans and their families live with this diagnosis daily; many of them are our family or friends. Supportive services and programming are limited for children and scant for adults.

 

Many within the extended university community know that BVU President Fred Moore’s adult son, Stephen, has autism. When Fred, his wife Susan and their family moved to Storm Lake in 1995, Stephen was one of the first students in the local school district with autism. They are grateful for the support from administrators and teachers and from the local Area Education Agency. Stephen has transitioned to a center near Orlando, Florida, that specializes in caring for adults with autism, where he is doing well today.

 

BVU is proud to be a major sponsor of this event as a thank you to Fred and Susan Moore for their contributions to the community for 22 years.

 

Funds raised benefit Faith Hope and Charity, promoting independence and individuality of children and young adults, and to Genesis Development, creating opportunities, choices, and supports for people with disabilities since 1973.