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The Growing Piece

growingpieceThe Growing Piece is a newly founded not-for-profit organization whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities by providing relevant training and skill development that will support the clients being employed within The Growing Piece organization itself or in other community positions. At present all positions within The Growing Piece are still volunteer as the organization is building its business structure but the ultimate goal is to be able to fully support all positions. The first venture of The Growing Piece was building a 3000 square foot garden which was completed for the growing season in 2015. The clients were introduced to the basics of gardening including, understanding the life cycle of plants, planting, watering and weeding the garden along with harvesting the produce and selling the items at a farmers market. The Growing Piece is starting another product line of greeting cards that the clients will make and will be sold to community members. If you would like to volunteer, make a donation or purchase some of the products please call 219-791-1410 or email info@thegrowingpiece.com

Buddy Walk

NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society) Buddy Walk

Since 1995, the Buddy Walk® has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States. It is also the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. 17 events took place across the country during the inaugural year of the Buddy Walk®.

In 2014 The Buddy Walk® had another record breaking year with more than 315,000 participants raising nearly $13 million dollars in more than 250 events across the country and around the world.

There are over 250 Buddy Walk® events taking place this year. Find the one nearest you and join the fun!

Buddy Walk Lake County Fairgrounds September 12th 2015 at 10:30 am.

The Nicole Project

The intended beneficiaries of this program include women diagnosed with an intellectual disability.  The long-term goal of the Nicole Project is to standardize this care for all individuals with intellectual disabilities, including Autism, on the Medicaid Waivers. Individuals diagnosed with an intellectual disability often do not receive adequate preventative healthcare, the reasons being numerous.  More specifically, breast cancer rates are on the rise, and many women with an intellectual disability do not receive the recommended treatment and care in order to detect such a serious disease.   The Nicole Project was developed in memory of a young woman, diagnosed with Autism, who passed away in 2013 from an aggressive form of breast cancer.  She was an amazing woman who touched the hearts of everyone she met.  The hope is to keep her voice alive by making sure no one has to endure the pain and struggle she and her family faced in the name of cancer. With the implementation of The Nicole Project, individuals with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers will learn what to look for during self-exams, learn how to detect abnormalities, and become empowered to discuss any concerns with their medical provider. The Nicole Project was made possible with the gracious support of a Family Services Regional Grant through Autism Speaks.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

walk 2011 team (1)Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $525 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

For the past 6 years Innovations in Learning has put together a team and has participated in the autism walk out of Chicago, IL.  Our company has raised over $25,000 in donations and fundraising.