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Welcome to The Mari Hall Family Foundation, Inc !

Do you know a child or loved one with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?  Chances are you do.  According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, one in every 68 children will be diagnosed with ASD.  That means over one million children in the United States have ASD.

 

The Mari Hall Family Foundation was created to promote awareness and make a difference in the lives of those individuals living with ASD.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the foundation seeks to raise funds to assist in the provision of local early intervention services and programs.  Additionally, the foundation awards an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior who has best contributed to the welfare of his or her special needs peers and plans to pursue a career in special education.

 

What is ASD?  ASDs describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders that cause significant communication, social and behavioral challenges.  Sensory anomalies are common resulting in altered sensitivities to light, sound, touch, taste and smell.  Three different types are commonly noted:

 

  • Autism: characterized by significant delays in communication, social interaction and behavior
  • Asperger's Syndrome: usually involves social delays and unusual behaviors but not language disabilities
  • Pervasive Development Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified: involves some but not all of the criteria for Autism or Asperger's; symptoms tend to be milder.

 

However, hope abounds!  Through the provision of much needed services and therapies such Applied Behavior Analysis, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, it has been proven time and again that those individuals living with ASD can learn the skills they need to live happy and productive lives. Won't you help us?