Autism Rocks Fundraiser to Help Support Superior Program

Taylor Holt
Updated: May 17, 2018 06:58 PM

The resources needed to support students on the Autism spectrum can be a lot more costly than your average student. Superior Middle School teachers know that and that's why they're asking for support with their upcoming 'Autism Rocks' fundraiser. 

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Thursday, the room where their autism program is held was filled donations baskets for a silent auction that will be part of it.

"We went out and got some donations and a lot of it is from employees," said Char Currie who works with the program.

She says the donations will go a long way in supporting the diverse students in their program. 

 "I have students with severe cognitive and communication disabilities to those who are some the smartest kids in the school but they all share some common challenges," said Patricia Dodge, the Superior Middle School teacher who runs the autism program.

Dodge says it's continued to grow since she's been in charge of it when it began.

"This year, I have 22 students when I started 15 years ago I had nine, said Dodge.

With the growing need, providing the specialized sensory and academic materials the students need is difficult and the reason for their upcoming fundraiser.

"We have big bean bags, swings and things the students with autism really benefit from," added Dodge. "All of those things are expensive and they wear out fast."

In addition to that , they have an Autism Family Night for area families and try to do extra activities like field trips.

"Students with Autism really need social experiences and social skills," said Dodge.

However, those activities aren't funded by the district and add to the expenses, so all the money they raise at the fundraise will go towards that, and continue to raise awareness of how needed these services are.

"I think we are aware of the kids who are more cognitively delayed, but the larger numbers are in the very high functioning kids and that's where I think more awareness needs to come because people don't always understand what anxiety is like, how it appears in different people in different ways," Dodge said.

The 'Autism Rocks' fundraiser is Saturday at 6:30 p.m at Charlie Brown's Bar in Superior. There will be music, karaoke, a silent auction, raffles, food and drinks.


Taylor Holt

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