Team Shafer Center is Tops in Fund-Raising at Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Baltimore

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Shafer Center Founder Helen Shafer Ranks Second in Individual Effort

Helen, PJ and Hayden Shafer cut the ribbon to start Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Baltimore

Team Shafer Center Kicks-off Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Baltimore

Team Shafer Center is once again the leading fund-raising group at Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Baltimore. This year Team Shafer Center raised a total of $23,584, far exceeding the team’s goal of $15,000. This is the third consecutive year Team Shafer Center has been the leading money-raising team. Founder and President of The Shafer Center for Early Intervention, Helen Shafer, was the second-leading fund-raiser for Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Baltimore, raising $7,750.

A total of 75 friends and family members made up Team Shafer Center for the 2013 event which was held Saturday, October 26th at M&T Bank Stadium. Event organizers say more than 6,500 walkers participated the event, raising more than $271,000 for Autism Speaks. In addition to the walk, friends and family members were also treated to live music performances and other entertainment.

In addition to organizing team effort, The Shafer Center for Early Intervention also sponsored the Kid’s Corner activity area at the Walk Now event.

“It is very gratifying to see the level of support Team Shafer Center gives to our children and to autism programs in general as demonstrated by another great money-raising effort this year,” says Helen Shafer, Founder and President of The Shafer Center for Early Intervention. “It is through organizations such as Autism Speaks that we are seeing the tremendous strides in understanding autism and are also learning how innovative environments can dramatically impact the quality of life for those on the autism spectrum.”

The Centers for Disease Control estimates 1 in every 88 American children are on the autism spectrum. Studies also show autism to be more common among boys (1 in 54) than in girls (1 in 252) in the United States.

The Shafer Center for Early Intervention is located in Reisterstown, Maryland. Children at The Center range in age from two to eight years old at its facility. The Shafer Center also provides off-site intervention services for children well into their teenage years. The Maryland Department of Education has accredited The Shafer Center for Early Intervention as a non-public school. For more information about The Shafer Center, visit the school’s web site at http://www.ShaferCenter.com.

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The Shafer Center for Early Intervention knows that being the parent of a child with special needs can be challenging. By being a central resource for families seeking education, assessment and treatment, The Shafer Center replaces fear and uncertainty with hope and knowledge. The Center’s unique approach and methods improves a child’s opportunity to succeed, and in turn, makes it a rewarding experience for the entire family. The Shafer Center for Early Intervention accomplishes this by integrating three vital components that make its programs the optimal choice for treating children with autism spectrum disorders:

  •     A Whole-Child Approach
  •     A Multi-Disciplinary Team
  •     A Focus on Maintenance and Generalization of Skills

For more information about The Shafer Center for Early Intervention and its unique environment, visit the Center’s web site at http://www.ShaferCenter.com.

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