Initially four grandparents of a child with autism came together and decided that they wanted to do something to help families living with autism. In the past three months we have grown from four grandparents into an established organization with a permanent endowment with the Keweenaw Community Foundation.
We now have a thirteen member Board of Directors consisting of parents, grandparents and professionals from the Copper Country Intermediate Schools, Baraga Houghton Keweenaw Child Development Board, Certified Specially Trained Teachers and Therapists, all with one goal, to help families in our three county area living with autism.
The purpose of this organization has been defined as providing assistance to parents and families of those living with autism. This assistance will take many forms, 1)provide resource information as well as general awareness, 2)sponsor autism friendly events both for children living with autism and their parents and families, 3)to provide some type of respite for parents such as, but not limited to child care services, and 4)to be an advocate for the needs of these families.
We operate through an endowment with the Keweenaw Community Foundation and donationscan be sentdirectly to the Keweenaw Community Foundation in Hancock, attention Autism Awareness. We currently have secured financial support from throughout the Copper Country. (Click on our Financial Support tab for more information.)
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair: Heather Brinegar, Early Childhood Special Education Provider, CCISD
Secretary: Sherry Kunnari, BHK Child Development, Family support Worker
Treasurer: Mike Gilles, Grandparent, Co-Founder.
Jonathan Packham, Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Portage Health Rehabilitation
Heidi Carney, Parent
Jennifer Gervais, MA, Ed (M/M, M/S) Behavior Support Teacher, SDUSD
Sara Hampton, Early Childhood Special Education Provider, CCISD
Sue Antila, Grandparent
Crissy Holkala, Parent
Jack Dugdale, Grandparent, Co-Founder
Kathe Lanctot, Grandparent, Co-Founder
Gilles, Grandparent, Co-Founder