Turn To Us needs your help to open the area’s ONLY Sensory Gym specially designed for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing disorders.
Through Turn To Us’ partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network Miner’s Rehabilitation Department, our program Spectrum of Support has provided over 680 individuals with free outings, emotional support, and life-changing experiences in just two and a half years. All of our programs are at no cost to our clients because of generous donors like you. St. Luke’s Miners Campus recognized the importance of our work and graciously donated a building to us. Our dream of opening “Spectrum Sensory Gym” became a reality!
Now, we need your help to raise $80,000 for the specially designed sensory gym equipment. Working one on one with the sensory gym manufacturer, they are taking our building’s layout and designing the gym to maximize every inch. The state-of-the-art gym will feature monkey bars, zip lines, swings, crash pads, trampolines, rock walls, and more!
AutismSpeaks.com reported that in 2018, 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with Autism and that the cost of special services and lost wages associated with the diagnosis is an estimated $60,000 a year throughout childhood. Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorders reported that 1 in 6 children experience sensory processing disorder symptoms that are significant enough to affect aspects of their everyday life functions.
The 2011 PA Autism Census reported that 55,000 children, adolescents, and adults in PA with Autism were receiving services. In 2011, our county, Carbon County, had 282 individuals receiving services. That is over a 200% increase from 2005, only 6 years prior, when only 94 individuals in the county were receiving services. Imagine what that number is at now in 2019!
Currently, families must travel an hour or more to use the nearest available sensory gym. Sensory gyms help children acclimate to new stimuli, nurture independence, and help develop a child’s sensory, communication, gross, and fine motor skills. The importance of such a facility cannot be understated. Our sensory gym will create safe play areas that encourage sensory development for individuals impacted by Autism and sensory processing disorders in Carbon County and surrounding areas.
Our Spectrum of Support children and their families appreciate the judgment-free environment at our events. Children are forming friendships that are carrying over into the school setting and parents are creating a support network to lean on each other.
One grandmother wrote on our Facebook page, “Ryan has gained so much confidence from attending TTU Programs. Today (Spectrum of Support Track and Field Day – Ninja Style) was incredible to see him trying so hard and accomplishing so much.” A mother commented on a photo from an event, “Your group is completely changing the face of this county. I hope you know that, and I pray everyone else is paying attention.”
Please help our small county become a place of HOPE for these children and their families!
Thank you in advance for your donation and for sharing our project. We cannot do this alone! Together, we will change the world for these children and families.
Turn To Us is a grassroots, nonprofit (EIN 47-3692383) serving Carbon County and parts of Schuylkill County in PA. Our mission is to advocate for individuals and their families impacted by major illnesses and special needs by offering personalized assistance and connection to resources in a hopeful and compassionate environment. We offer financial assistance, emotional support, connection to resources, and wish-granting.
Your donations are tax-deductible.
Please help Turn To Us provide these families with a unique space created just for them. Your support and donations stay here in Carbon County to help your family, your friends, your co-workers, your neighbors.
Together we can change the lives of children diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorders.
Check out photos of the renovation process! The custom made gym equipment will be ordered and installed once we hit our fundraising goal of $80,000!