Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center presented its 20th Annual Community Breakfast on April 26 at the Arizona Biltmore. More than 1,600 guests packed the ballroom to hear a range of speakers including Dr. Daniel Openden, SARRC’s president and CEO; Christopher J. Smith, research director; and Amy Kenzer, clinical director. The program highlighted recent achievements, including a new study that will validate a devise that tracks the eye contact of children between the ages of 16 and 30 months.
The event, themed “With You, We Can,” recognized the extraordinary impact the community has made on individuals with autism and their families since the organization’s first Community Breakfast 20 years ago.
“A supportive community is about having high expectations for people with autism by giving them community-based opportunities to learn and then providing the individualized supports they need to fully participate in the classroom, compete on the field and be productive on the job,” said Openden during the event. “And a supportive community is about everyday, lasting, meaningful learning experiences that create independence.”
The Community Breakfast is SARRC’s signature fundraising event. Stephanie Papadopoulos and Kathy Bosco co-chaired the event. All proceeds support SARRC’s mission to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.
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