For the third consecutive year, The Shafer Center for Early Intervention is proudly sponsoring the Kid’s Corner at the “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” event in Baltimore. The Walk will be held Saturday, October 26th at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
“We’re extremely honored to be a part of this special, annual event that supports such a broad range of programs that truly help people on the autism spectrum,” says Helen Shafer, Founder and President of The Shafer Center for Early Intervention. “Major strides are being made to not only better understand autism, but also determine how innovative environments can dramatically improve the quality of life for those with autism and their families.”
The Centers for Disease Control estimates 1 in every 88 American children are on the autism spectrum. Studies also show autism to be more common among boys (1 in 54) than in girls (1 in 252) in the United States.
In addition to sponsoring the Kid’s Corner at “Walk Now for Autism Speaks,” The Shafer Center for Early Intervention is also currently the leading money-raising team for the event. For the past two years Team Shafer Center has been the top fundraising team for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. Shafer says the team’s goal this year is to raise more than $15,000. Currently, Team Shafer Center has already exceeded that goal raising more than $19,000.
The Shafer Center for Early Intervention is located in Reisterstown, Maryland. Children at The Center range in age from two to eight years old at its facility. The Shafer Center also provides off-site intervention services for children up to 14 years of age. “We take a multi-disciplinary approach with each child,” says Dr. Christine Accardo, Program Director for The Shafer Center. “Each of our classrooms has a special education teacher, a speech-language pathologist and an applied behavior analyst working with the children. This allows us to utilize methods supported by scientific research to make meaningful changes in each child’s skills.”
The Shafer Center for Early Intervention is accredited by the Maryland Department of Education as a non-public school. For more information about The Shafer Center for Early Intervention, visit the school’s web site at www.ShaferCenter.com.