“With You, We Can” was the theme of this year’s Annual Community Breakfast, hosted by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). More than 1,600 guests came together on Thursday, April 26 at the Arizona Biltmore marking SARRC’s 20th event.
Event co-chairs Kathy and Mike Bosco and Stephanie and Socrates Papadopoulos kicked-off the program, and were followed by a range of speakers including SARRC’s President and CEO Daniel Openden, Research Director Christopher J. Smith, and Clinical Director Amy Kenzer. The program highlighted recent achievements, including a new study which will validate a device that tracks the eye contact of children between the ages of 16 and 30 months.
The event recognized the community’s extraordinary impact on individuals with autism and their families since SARRC’s first Community Breakfast 20 years ago.
“A supportive community is about having high expectations for people with autism by giving them community-based opportunities to learn and then providing the individualized supports they need to fully participate in the classroom, compete on the field, and be productive on the job,” said Dr. Openden during the event. “And a supportive community is about every day, lasting, meaningful learning experiences that create independence.”
The Community Breakfast is SARRC's signature fundraising event. All proceeds support SARRC’s mission to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors.
Miss the event? Watch the full program here.