With growing awareness, sensitivity and action, it’s becoming more difficult to say “no one I know has autism.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 68 children are identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
In April (Autism Awareness Month), and every month, you can find many, many opportunities to help those with ASD, even by getting your car washed or renewing your license plate.
Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Fla. has built an amazing reputation for empowering young adults with autism; it is the largest single-store employer of people with ASD in the U.S. On April 1, the family-owned, family-run business celebrated its 1-year anniversary with a special recognition from the state of Florida. Congressman Ted Deutch presented Rising Tide owners John and Tom D’Eri, along with Donna and Andrew D’Eri, with a Congressional Record for their unique business model.
Fourteen employees were also presented with Congressional Recognition certificates. Currently more than 80 percent of Rising Tide’s team – or 35+ people – are those with autism. The simplest way to support their visionary business is to get your car cleaned. It’s time for spring cleaning, so stop by and find out why Rising Tide is so celebrated.
Another amazingly easy way to support those with autism is to update your license plate with a new Florida “Support Autism Programs” specialty plate. With each purchase, a $25 donation goes to support services for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in Florida, the purpose for which the specialty license plate was designed by ARC Broward.
These are just two ways to show your support. Many other ways exist. April is the month to learn more about autism, how it affects your community and what you can do to help. Get going – May will be here before you know it!