Approximately 1,400 business and community leaders, individuals impacted by autism, and SARRC supporters attended the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s (SARRC) 17th Annual Community Breakfast on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Breakfast program featured moving personal stories from individuals and families impacted by autism, accounts from community and business leaders of efforts to create and support inclusive workplaces and community programs, and highlights by SARRC leadership of current research initiatives focused on early diagnosis and the organization’s plans to grow evidence-based programs and services.
"At 1 in 68 children diagnosed, we are increasingly more connected to autism because there are more children, adolescents, and adults who have autism. SARRC’s success with children, adolescents, and adults has given hope to the families we serve, but we need your help to extend SARRC’s network, reach, and impact,” said Daniel Openden, SARRC President and Chief Executive Officer, during his remarks at the Breakfast.
Openden asked the crowd to help SARRC build capacity in the community, “Where do you work, what school do your kids go to, which health club do you belong to, who do you know that owns and/or operates a business, and what doors can you open to help us build a truly inclusive community?”
SARRC’s Community Breakfast is the nonprofit’s premier annual fundraising event and all proceeds support SARRC’s mission: To advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.