WHY SUPPORT THIS RUN?

This fun run seeks to promote awareness of those with ASD who are part of our families and communities. We want inclusion in schools, and access to services for those with ASD.

ASD affects 1:59 people world-wide, including South Africa. Sadly, even with this staggering statistic, little is known about ASD in our country and few resources are available. Despite the Government White Paper 6 (2001) which includes those with ASD who can function in mainstream schools, discrimination and fear of ASD still exits and children with ASD continue to be excluded from schools.

Currently treatment for ASD is not covered by medical aid in South Africa. This means only those with financial resources can access the help needed for their children. Our vision is to develop a community center which is self-sufficient in order to generate funds to provide therapy for those with low income. This fun(d) run is the first step in the process.

Blue is the colour which represents ASD and so we have called this event “The Blue And You Autism Run” as we want you to be involved in promoting Autism awareness.

BLUE & YOU AUTISM AWARENESS RUN 2019 SPONSORSHIP REQUIRED:

Our planning for our Blue And You Autism Fun Run is well underway and we are excited about all the interest we have had so far.

Several of you have been generous in providing sponsorship of products for our run and others have asked how they can be involved. With this in mind, below is a list of needs we still have should you like to assist. If you are able to contribute to part of a need that is also most welcome as every bit helps.

  • Race timing – R4000
  • Race numbers and chips – R4750
  • Online race registration and entry fee processing costs with eventtiming – R1300
  • Race day late entry processing with eventtiming –  R500
  • Printing – Race flyers & adverts – R5000
  • Coke for runners – R1000
  • Lucky draw prizes and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placements, 8 km, 5km, ladies, men & children
  • Any items for goodie bags at completion of the run.
  • Costs for Banners – R6000
  • General running costs
  • #iacceptautism Flags – R3000
  • Lucky draw hampers
  • Disposable trash bins
  • Security x 2 Guards
  • Blue & You Foam Hats
  • Ear plugs for sensory protection for kids with ASD
  • Paper cups x 2000 – R467
  • Ice x 30 bags – R300

We also have need of practical help from people who will sponsor their time and skills for needs such as:

  • Photographer
  • Marshalling
  • Set up and clean up

If you have business contacts who would be interested in being involved in any way and you need an official letter, please let us know.

Visit Blue and You Facebook Page and Website https://www.blueandyou.co.za/

If you are interested in assisting financially please do not use the usual Breakthrough Interventions account as the fun run money is being handled separately. The details are:

  • Bank: FNB
  • Account Name: Blue and You Autism Awareness NPO
  • Account Number: 62800443442
  • Branch: Davenport Branch
  • Branch Code: 220226
  • Account Type: Business Account
  • Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ

OUR LONG TERM GOAL

Introduction to Autism & Some Statistics:

The Blue and You Autism Awareness NPO was born out of a need to create community awareness and acceptance of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). At Breakthrough Interventions South Africa we work with children with ASD, assisting them to regulate their own behaviour, develop speech and interact socially.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?:

ASD affects 1:59 children. It is a developmental condition in which people experience difficulty in the following areas:

  • Social /communicative
  • Repetitive and stereotypical behaviours
  • Sensory challenges

Each person with ASD presents with a different combination of intensity within each of the 3 areas listed above. As such no 2 people with Autism are exactly the same.

Challenges in SA:

In the course of what we do we encounter many people who misunderstand ASD and in the educational environment, those who are not welcoming of children with ASD, despite the white paper 6, (South African Department of Education, 2001) which makes provision for children with ASD to attend mainstream schools where appropriate.

Additionally, Unlike other countries, behavioural therapy is not covered by medical aid in South Africa. This means currently only families with financial means are able to assist their children with ASD to have access to the therapy which has the most research for success worldwide. In the school environment families are financially responsible for providing staff (facilitators) to assist their children in mainstream schools, which again means that families without financial means are limited in getting educational help for their children.

Goals of our Organisation:

  1. To Raise funds for an Autism Treatment Centre
  2. To sponsor therapy for children with ASD from low income families
  3. To Raise awareness of about Autism Spectrum Disorder

What are the Benchmarks upon which to “Measure” Success?:

The goals we set for each child who enrols at Breakthrough Interventions is to develop speech, learn to regulate their own behaviour, to develop appropriate and meaningful interaction with peers, to develop independence skills and to access mainstream education. In 2019 we had 4 learners start mainstream grade one, 5 learners start mainstream grade R and 1 learner start mainstream high school. Additionally several other clients return to mainstream education in various grades following on from their success in mainstream in 2018. Approximately 85% of children coming through our program who have started at an early age attend mainstream school.

Our Background & Experience:

Caz Collins holds a Master of Medical Science Degree in Autism Spectrum Disorder and a B. Soc. Sci. In Psychology and Industrial Psychology.

Since 2008, she has run her own practice, using Behavioural Intervention to treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Caz trains teachers and school staff on successful and appropriate methods for integrating children with ASD into mainstream classrooms. In addition, she offers training workshops for 1:1 facilitators, behavioural instructors, school facilitators, and parents of children on the Autism Spectrum. Caz is a spokesperson for parents who want to integrate their children with ASD into mainstream schools. Caz is a mother of three boys, the oldest of whom is on the Autism spectrum. She has 14 years of first hand experience with the condition and the impact it has on families; this includes the heartache and the success, as well as strategies for meaningful developmental gain. Caz’s passion lies in seeing children on the Autism Spectrum growing towards their full potential and
finding their voices. Caz has been the guest speaker at numerous Autism functions throughout South Africa.

Why are you setting up on North Coast?:

Ultimately we envisage a self sufficient Autism center which apart from providing therapy for children with ASD, would also have other components to the venue: We envisage a gym, coffee shop and precooked meal service on the property which would provide a service for parents waiting while their children are in therapy sessions, but also generate income via rent.  Other income generating potential outside of therapy hours could be venue hire for community events such as weddings or parties, karate or yoga. Additionally, a pool for swimming lessons for the community could also be considered.

This is a long term goal and in the mean time we want to expand the work we have already started in the Glenwood area and duplicate it to assist children with ASD in the North coast area. We would want to partner with schools in the area to gain support in mainstreaming children with ASD as we have done in Glenwood.

These are Costs that will be incurred in order to Start Operating:

  • Floor layout / design
  • Shop-fitting
  • 4 x Adult size tables
  • 6 x Child size tables
  • 1 x Conference table
  • 30 x Adult size chairs
  • 24 x Child size chairs
  • 2 x PCs
  • 2 x Laptops
  • 6 x Ipads
  • 1 x Projector
  • 1 Photocopier (may want to do this on a rental)
  • Airconditioner per room
  • WiFi setup
  • Rental deposit
  • Electricity deposit
  • Alarm
  • Student learning material
  • Social media marketing budget