SPARC is Celebrating their Ten Year Anniversary with Ten Months of Events!
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center, or SPARC, has dedicated ten years of their time and effort in helping individuals with autism and other behavioral challenges. Established in 2007, this organization is hitting their 10th anniversary this October and they want you to help celebrate!
In order to celebrate all of their hard work for the past decade, they have planned a series of events to take place for the next ten months, leading up to their anniversary in October. These events are a mix of fundraisers as well as fun activities to give back to the community who have helped this organization all these years. Although some of these events have taken place, check out what is to come the next few months.
Here’s What’s in Store
Where?: Urban Air Downingtown
When?: February 12th at 6pm-8pm
March-Bounce Around at Bounce U
Where?: Bounce U in Exton
When?: March 5th at 10pm-12pm
April-Designer Bag Bingo
Where?: St. Joe’s Downingtown
When?: April 23rd at 4pm
Where?: McKenzie’s Chadds Ford
When?: June 24th time TBD
July-SPARC Family Picnic
Where?: West Goshen Park
When?: July 29th time TBD
Where?: Bowling Palace Downingtown
When?: August 12th at 4pm
September-Strides for SPARC 5k and Family Fun Day
When?: September 23rd at 9am
October-10 Year Anniversary Gala
History of the SPARC
This organization started with a West Chester University student, Jennifer Dawson. She was mentored by her professor, Phillip Duncun, when he began placing his students as therapists working with children on the autism spectrum. Dawson was touched by her experience with Dr. Duncun that she began working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She was in the feeding program over at Kennedy Krieger at John’s Hopkins University, but wanted to come back to her roots in West Chester. After partnering with West Chester University and applying for a series of grants, these two doctors had the opportunity to open and establish the SPARC.
The SPARC has helped over 500 children and families in the Philadelphia area on top of helping families in New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. They focus their time on the children who are living with autism and behavioral challenges, but they also support the families, helping them with evaluation and treatment.
While half of their clinic is focused on children with behavioral challenges, the other half is dedicated to helping children and family with feeding issues. These children are enrolled in a three week intensive program, working with therapists and specialists to help them build on what they eat. The SPARC staff works with these families anywhere they need them, from their homes to schools.
Help support the SPARC by attending their events the next few months. Through their series of fundraisers and events planned, all proceeds are going to help this organization do everything they can for families effected by autism. Save the dates and come out with the family!
For more information about the SPARC, check out their website.