Baylor Autism Resource Center to Host Fundraiser to Support Program Expansions

BARC Fundraiser
Baylor Autism Resource Center Director Dr. Julie Ivey-Hatz interacts with students at the Autism Summer Day Camp, one of the many programs that the BARC offers to the community.
Nov. 6, 2012

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Contact: Tonya B. Lewis, Assistant Director of Media Communications, (254) 710-4656

WACO, Texas (Nov. 6, 2012) -- The Baylor Autism Resource Center (BARC) will host a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Rosa's Café, 4200 Franklin Ave.

To participate in the fundraiser, patrons can either dine-in or use the drive-thru at Rosa's Café and must present a BARC fundraiser flyer at the time of purchase to the cashier. The BARC will receive 15 percent of the sales. Flyers and more information about the BARC fundraiser are available online at the BARC Fundraiser webpage.

"We are extremely excited as this is our first fundraising opportunity for the BARC and we hope to receive a great deal of support to further help our local communities. Taking advantage of fundraising opportunities will allow us to continue to offer our services at little to no-cost for families that have children with autism in the Central Texas area," BARC coordinator Kristen Mainor said.

In October, BARC staff expanded their services and began providing low-cost assessment services, parent workshops, as well as, special education consultation and advocacy services. The BARC continues to offer a resource library of more than 200 items for check-out, one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy services for children aimed at improving behavior, a support group for college students with Asperger Syndrome, and the Autism Summer Day Camp.

Mainor said that the fundraiser proceeds will be used to purchase resources for the parent workshops and autism curriculum resources for "Social Circles," a program where children with ASD interact and develop their social skills.

"For those that are not able to attend the fundraiser or would like to provide even more support for the BARC, they can purchase gift cards in increments of $10. Of those gift card sales, the BARC will receive an additional percentage of the proceeds," Mainor said.

The BARC was opened in January 2008 with a grant from the Waco Foundation and support from Baylor University. To learn more about the BARC and its programs and services, visit the BARC website or call 254-710-6222.

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