Team Joseph and Grind Gastropub are partnering up for the 8th-annual United Nations World Autism Awareness Day.
Today, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States, affecting one in 68 children. According to the nonprofit Autism Speaks, the disorder causes the family $60,000 a year on average. But those statistics alone are not what’s driving community members of Ormond Beach to raise awareness.
Team Joseph and Grind Gastropub are coming together for the 8th-annual United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, a global autism awareness campaign also called “Light It Up Blue” that encourages participants to dress in blue for support. Both Autism Speaks Volusia County Community Chairperson Kathleen Davis and Grind Gastropub General Manager Matt Morris have local ties to this global event.
Davis, an Ormond Beach resident, is raising two twin boys, one who is on the autism spectrum. The Ormond Beach Observer did a story on her and her support group last year.
“I think the biggest misconception about Autism is the fact that people with autism are all the same and have all the same the same traits,” Davis said in an email. “When actually they are so very different in their abilities, and their disabilities and therefore their needs are also very varied.”
Morris’ 10-year-old niece Rachel is autistic, and has suffered with issues other kids her age grew out of years ago.
“She still has issues with potty training and things like that,” Morris said. “She’s 10, but she’s closer to three. I think autism is growing in knowledge, and the awareness is becoming greater beaches more kids are affected.”
During the event, held all day April 2, people can use a voucher to have 10% of their bill donated to Autism Speaks and Team Joseph, which represents Davis’ autistic son, Joseph, to raise funds and awareness for the upcoming annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Kathleen Davis will be at the event to hand out flyers- regarding Autism Speaks and have a sign up sheet for people to volunteer for future events or to just be informed.
Flyers are also available through emailing Davis at [email protected] or at any Southern Title Holding Company location.
If You Go
- Day: April 2, 2015
- Time: All day
- Details: Present the voucher, found on Grind’s Facebook page, at the restaurant, and they will donate 10% of your bill to Team Joseph and Autism Speaks.