The Ag for Autism Board of Directors is pleased to announce its 2019 grant recipients. This year, the organization was able to award 14 grants totaling nearly $75,000 to deserving individuals and groups exhibiting a need for assistance in autism related therapies and endeavors, as well as approved 3 future grants for individuals requiring reimbursement for education or travel related expenses for an additional $5,000. Ag for Autism volunteers have raised well over $600,000 since the organization’s inception in 2012.
Where does the funding come from?
Ag For Autism is a charitable, non-profit organization, section 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible.
Ag for Autism was born after a number of agriculture-related organizations—Armor Seed, Cache River Valley Seed, LLC, and Farm Credit Midsouth—were compelled to band together with the support of other area agriculture companies and organizations in support of a very worthy cause. They are joined by a long and growing list of sponsors, a complete list of which may be found at www.AgforAutism.org.
In many cases, autism therapies are not covered by insurance and Medicaid, but are critical to help a child function at his or her highest ability. Research shows many families, especially those in more rural areas, struggle to find and afford the important therapies that can be life changing. It is the organization’s goal to ease this financial burden and help these families access the services they need.
2019 Ag for Autism Grant Recipients
Bay Public Schools
Ag for Autism President Danny Graham (pictured below left) presented a grant to Bay Schools. Pictured with Danny is Superintendent Bobby Hutchison (below center) and Nikki Campbell, K-12 special education director.
Ag for Autism Treasurer Daniel Pieroni (below left) presented Newport Elementary with a grant to build a sensory room. Pictured with Daniel is Dr. Lynn Cooper, special education director (center), and Mr. Brett Bunch, superintendent.
Valley View Intermediate
Ag for Autism Treasurer Daniel Pieroni (pictured below far right) and Ag for Autism board member Christina Staggs (pictured below far left) presented a grant to Valley View Intermediate special education teachers Angela Smith (middle right) and Loyce Cowgill (middle left) to help create a sensory library.
Brookland Middle School
Ag for Autism’s Justin Griffin (below left) presented Brookland Middle School special education teacher Carol Perdue (below right) with a grant to purchase individual technology for the students in her classroom.
Fox Meadow School of Creative Media
Ag for Autism board member Miranda Smith (below left) presented special education teacher Kimberly Young with a grant to purchase sensory equipment and furniture.
The Learning Center
Ag for Autism Treasurer Daniel Pieroni (below left) presented Aaron Hannah (below right) with The Learning Center with a grant to further their ABA teaching techniques.
The Center for Exceptional Families
Ag for Autism President Danny Graham (below right) presented Shelby Knight (below left) with The Center for Exceptional Families, Inc with a grant to provide sensory friendly activities.
Ms. Gina Hand
Ag for Autism presented Ms. Gina Hand and her son (pictured below) with new technology.
Ag for Autism presented Brookland Elementary school with a grant this year! Ag for Autism’s Justin Griffin (below center) presented the grant to Elementary school principal Sandy McCall (below left) and elementary school assistant principal Jennifer Jaynes (below right).
Mrs. Katie Evans was presented with a grant to provide a sensory area in her classroom. She is pictured below (right) along with Ag for Autism board member Bessie Richmond.
Westside Elementary School PTO
Westside Elementary received a grant to purchase sensory panels for the playground. Pictured below from left to right: Elementary principal Kelli Murray, Ag for Autism board member Miranda Smith, Westside Elementary PTO President Sam Hiser, and Special Needs Supervisor Carla Knight.
West Memphis School District
No photo available. Ag for Autism presented the West Memphis school district with a grant to fund "Weaver Sensory Needs & Success: Helping Students Improve Self-Regulation and Skills."
Ag for Autism presented the O’Dell family with a new technology to help with both communication and education. Pictured below is Mr. O’Dell and his daughter.