Nichole Hannahs

Lace Up Your Shoes to Fight Autism

by Nichole Hannahs on September 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

An area organization hopes they can continue to raise funds for families dealing with autism.

In the State of Ohio autism is not covered by insurance, leaving families dealing with the disease to find a way to fund therapies that can cost as much as $5,000 a week.

"Any doctor treating autism will tell you, you got to get that child when he first gets the diagnose. You know two-three that’s the best age to get a full recovery," said President of the NAA of Southeast Ohio Shannon Coconis.

To help area families dealing with autism the NAA of Southeast Ohio offers two grants. One of the grants is called, "Pieces to the Puzzle."

"It’s a $500 grant. Families can use it for whatever. There’s no stipulation. If you apply and get your application in you’re pretty much guaranteed to get that money because we don’t have the demand we thought we would. We know it’s not because they’re not out there," said Coconis.

To continue in the fundraising for the grants a 5K walk will take place at Zane’s Landing Park, Saturday October 1 at 10am. Registration forms can be picked up at the Coconis Furniture Store and the Room Store.