‘Teed-Up for Autism’

by Danielle Cotterman on June 6, 2011 at 5:56 am

The annual ‘Teed-Up for Autism’ Golf Outing brought help to one local family.

It was 4 years ago when Krisa Rhodes learned her son had Autism. Since then, she has sought Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy for her son. She then discovered, Ohio insurance does not cover most treatments related to Autism.

"You need to think outside the box, just a little bit for your child," said Rhodes. "I think my child will never be able to say his mommy didn’t try and do everything."

Unwilling to give up, Rhodes joined the National Autism Association, where she met Chapter President, Shannon Coconis. Coconis, in an effort to help local families, like Krisa Rhodes, organizes the annual golf tournament to raise funding for families in the fight against autism.

"If one family is helped, that’s one kid that doesn’t have to be locked inside themselves for the rest of their life’s," said Coconis.

The Rhodes have since received donations towards purchasing a service dog, which she said, can cost up to $25,000. Coconis wants to support more local families in the fight against autism. For more information on applying for grants visit www.naaseo.org.