Eden Autism Services Florida Names Hector Mellen Advocate of the Month

Fort Myers, FL, January 25, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Award recognizes people and organizations who are advocates for autism by increasing awareness, raising funds or providing leadership in support of autism.

Eden Autism Services Florida has recognized Hector Mellen as recipient of the Autism Advocate of the Month award. The award recognizes people or organizations who are advocates for autism by increasing awareness, raising funds or providing leadership in support of autism.

Mellen, a student at Riverdale High School’s International Baccalaureate program, put together an art auction that raised more than $3,000 to benefit Kids Night Out. The art for sale was painted by Kids Night Out students, mentors and teachers. The program helps children with autism at Trafalgar Middle School in Cape Coral learn social skills and make friends. Mellen, who is viewed as one of the program’s greatest success stories, now serves as a mentor to the younger students.

“Hector is an exceptional young man,” said Terri Myles, Autism Program Specialist with the School District of Lee County. “He credits the Kids Night Out program with giving him the social skills needed to succeed in the IB program, and he wanted to give back to help others.”

Eden’s Advocate of the Month receives a certificate of appreciation and will be invited to an annual reception.

To nominate an advocate for autism who exemplifies Action in Autism, please submit your nomination including person’s name, contact information, and 50 word summary of why he or she should be selected to Taire.Malloy@edenautism.org or call 239-992-4680 extension 5014.

About Eden Autism Services

Eden Autism Services Florida was founded in 1996 to address the state’s growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families. Eden Autism Services' mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and provide support to their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. These services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services. For more information, contact Taire Malloy at 239-992-4680 extension 5014 or Eden.florida@edenautism.org.

About Autism

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 88 children in the United States, and one in 54 boys. The prevalence of autism has increased 600 percent in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
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