Ady’s Army, one of the nation’s newest and most innovative autism charities, issued a report on the group’s activities and successes since its founding last year. With four distinct legs helping it fulfill its founding mission of “Serving God By Serving Special Needs Families,” Ady’s Army has raised money and put it to productive use on a number of completed and current operations. From providing financial help with doctor’s visits, fencing to prevent wandering, and autism service dogs, to the unique “Ady’s Racers” stock-car experience, 501(c)(3) Ady’s Army has been for a number of families a highly effective partner in the fight against the challenges autism can entail.
“With a personal understanding of just how much pain and trouble autism can cause,” Ady’s Army co-founder Brian Schubert said, “we were determined to make a difference for others, just as our friends and loved ones had for us. Still well under a year since founding Ady’s Army, we are thrilled to report that the results are already exceeding our wildest hopes. We would like to invite all who are interested to come by the Ady’s Army website to read our story, learn about our approach, and see what we have accomplished and have planned.”
With around one in sixty-eight American children now diagnosed with disorders somewhere on the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control, awareness of and experience with the associated difficulties is rising rapidly. After the founders of Ady’s Army heard that their own daughter had been diagnosed at seventeen months of age as autistic, their initial shock and dismay were only compounded as they were forced to grapple with the disruption and financial stress that followed. Seeking to help the family through its difficult times, friends put on a fundraiser that produced nearly $30,000, providing crucial support and giving birth to a commitment to helping others in similar ways.
Ady’s Army was therefore founded with a mission of providing specific, targeted help, a single family at a time. Toward that end, the group’s activities are divided into four distinct categories, each of which targets a class of challenges commonly experienced by families affected by autism.
With nearly half of all diagnosed children being susceptible to uncontrolled, often-dangerous roving, Ady’s Barracks provides funding for fencing that can safeguard against the common problem of autism wandering. As so many autistic children also suffer from seizure disorders, Ady’s Paws provides financial support for highly trained service dogs that can alert parents to such events, while calming and keeping kids safe.
Ady’s Wings helps defray some of the other costs commonly associated with autism, providing for cost-free travel to doctor’s appointments and related financial support. Finally, the Ady’s Racers program helps relieve the often-overwhelming pressure that autism can put on a family, treating kids and parents alike to exciting stock-car track-day experiences while raising money from sponsors for the group’s other projects.
In the first months of operation, Ady’s Army has already provided crucial, concrete support to many families, with its “80/20” promise ensuring that donations are put to productive use. Those interested will find the details of the group’s completed and current projects, mission and philosophy, and other information at the Ady’s Army website.
About Ady’s Army:
Founded to help individual families in their struggles against the scourge of autism, Ady’s Army is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization that provides focused, specific support through four distinct, strategically chartered programs, ensuring that donations go to good use.