Step By Step receives $1,500 Donation from Meijer, Inc. of Lewis Center as Part of the Nonprofit’s Annual Fund Raiser to Support Individuals Affected by Autism

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Each year the campaign raises money for families throughout the greater Columbus area who are affected by autism and in need of additional support during the holidays.

Step By Step, Inc.

The donation by Meijer of Lewis Center is incredibly generous, and we’re overwhelmed by the support from community partners like them.

Step By Step, Inc., a highly regarded nonprofit autism treatment center in central Ohio, announced today that Meijer, Inc., of Lewis Center donated $1,500 for the nonprofit organization’s holiday fundraising drive that is designed to bring financial assistance and additional support to area families affected by autism who are in need. The fundraiser has been underway since the beginning of November and has raised about $2,000 so far. It concludes Dec. 21.

Step By Step’s 2012 holiday drive is part of an effort to recognize the importance of giving to those in need during the holiday season. Step By Step will identify families with a significant need and present them with a gift of financial support.

“The donation by Meijer of Lewis Center is incredibly generous, and we’re overwhelmed by the support from community partners like them,” said Michele LaMarche, BCBA, founder and executive director of Step By Step. “This gift demonstrates the true spirit of giving, and we’ll be able to help change the lives of several families this holiday season who face the daily trials of autism.”

Already in its third year, the drive has obtained donations totaling approximately 200 new items and 500 used items, comprised of clothing, toys and food. These items were collected from a number of businesses, including:

  •     Target
  •     Once Upon a Child
  •     Gymboree
  •     The Limited
  •     Giant Eagle
  •     Kroger

“I’d like to thank everyone who was able to give in support of this worthwhile cause,” LaMarche added. “The gifts will truly make a difference in the lives of those most in need.”

Step By Step accepts donations on an ongoing basis as part of this drive. To donate, please contact Step By Step at (614) 436-STEP (7837).

In addition to their own charitable drive, Step By Step maintains an active role in other philanthropic programs to give back to the autism community. Recently, it joined forces with a strong partner in the industry, Special Learning, Inc., to provide assistance to families in need who are affected by autism through the Helping Hearts for Autism campaign.

For more information on the Helping Hearts for Autism campaign, visit

Step By Step currently serves children, teens and adults throughout the greater Columbus, Ohio, metro area. For more information about Step By Step, visit

About Step By Step, Inc.
Step By Step is a private, nonprofit treatment center for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Using its Continuum of Care model, it offers a range of services designed to diagnose the nature and extent of the condition and provide the appropriate treatment and environment across the spectrum for children, adolescents and young adults. In addition to center-based programs, Step By Step offers direct services to the community including assessment, intensive behavioral intervention treatment, speech, psychology and psychiatric services, as well as parent advocacy, case management, counseling, and parent and professional trainings. Step By Step has several partnerships with local school districts to provide successful behavioral intervention programs directly within a school setting. Follow Step By Step on Facebook,, and Twitter,

About Special Learning
Special Learning is the leading global provider of autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) solutions. Special Learning designs mobile applications and educational resources based on clinical evidence-based research to ensure that every person diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is capable of attaining an abundant and fulfilling life. Through its comprehensive web portal, Special Learning provides the global autism community with a range of ABA training and educational products, web-based and downloadable tools and professional services to empower parents, teachers and providers so that they can help individuals with autism move up the skills spectrum intuitively, successfully and affordably. Follow Special Learning on Facebook,, and Twitter,


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