Naples, FL, May 17, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Easter Seals Florida received an $8,200 donation from residents of VeronaWalk that will support Easter Seals Camp Lily - summer day programs in Fort Myers and Naples that combine recreation and learning for children with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. The residents of VeronaWalk, a Naples community, raised the money through their annual fundraiser that supports children’s charities in Southwest Florida.
The goal of Camp Lily is to provide a bridge for continuity of learning from the ten-month school year through the weeks of summer. Camp Lily provides student-centered learning and utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis techniques. Attendees build social skills through center and community-based activities including trips to the beach and water parks, bowling, museums and the zoo.
“We are so appreciative of the support of the residents of VeronaWalk,” said Robyn DuCharme, Vice President of Programs, Easter Seals Florida. “Their financial contribution makes our camp affordable for families with children on the autism spectrum. Camp is particularly important for children and teens with autism as it allows them to develop positive behaviors and social skills during the summer months while at the same time engaging in fun, age-appropriate activities.”
“Our residents and visitors opened up their hearts and wallets to help those less fortunate in our community,” said Diane Brueggeman, producer and director of the fundraising performance. “In total we raised more than $24,000 to support children in our community.”
For more information about Camp Lily or Easter Seals Lily Academies, call the Lily Academy Naples at (239) 992-4680, extension 17100 or Lily Academy Fort Myers at (239) 337-9328.
About Easter Seals Florida
For 65 years, Easter Seals Florida has been offering help, hope, and answers to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals Florida provides a wide range of community based services in Southwest Florida. These services include Lily Academies, K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples for children with autism, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential and day training. For more information, call (239) 992-4680 or visit www.fl.easterseals.com
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 68 children in the United States, and one in 42 boys.