Harmony and Hoops is part of the global effort, NConcert4Autism, to extend peace and uplift individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is a developmental disability that causes substantial impairments in social interaction, communication, and physical activities. People with autism have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, and reacting to sensations. The prevalence of autism is 1 in 88 children in the United States; 1 in 54 boys. Those with autism face life-long challenges and are often the victims of violence and apathy.
Harmony and Hoops, then, is designed to raise autism awareness and generate funds to support NConcert4Autism and the benefiting charities. Athletes, actors, recording artists, and others will not only participate in a competitive game, but also meet, encourage, and listen to children and families living with autism. Through compassionate gamesmanship, players will create a symphony of peace and understanding. Harmony and Hoops is one of NConcert4Autism’s global Peace Day activities.
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $173 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. In addition to funding research, Autism Speaks has created resources and programs including the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, Autism Speaks’ Autism Genetic Resource Exchange and several other scientific and clinical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day April 2, which Autism Speaks celebrates through its Light it Up Blue initiative. www.autismspeaks.org
For OC Kids
For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center is dedicated to the early diagnosis and treatment of autism and other developmental disorders. The Center provides expert evaluation and diagnosis, evidenced based treatment recommendations, medical management, family support, education and advocacy for Orange County children birth through age five years who have a wide range of developmental, behavioral or learning issues including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. It provides ongoing care and service coordination for children up to 22 years of age, if desired.
It is a collaborative program of UC Irvine and CHOC Children’s Hospital supported by the Children & Families Commission of Orange County. For OC Kids provides services in a welcoming environment by a professional team dedicated to family-centered care. Our team includes pediatric neurology, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, a pediatric nurse practitioner, and a social worker. www.forockids.org
ReachBack LA is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 whose mission is to provide an environment of perpetual learning and development for at-risk youth, ages 8 to 17, and create a partnership with 18 and 19-year-olds to prepare them for their transition to adulthood. This mission is accomplished by offering structure and positive alternatives to alienation and juvenile delinquency through comprehensive programs in education, health, gang prevention and intervention, social and cultural enrichment, and sports and recreational activities that emphasize family involvement, pride in the community, and academic excellence. ReachBack LA is building a new visionary center in Compton, CA and expanding its services to health, performing arts, and gang intervention through a capital funds drive. www.reachbackla.org
The Tyler Foundation For Disabilities
The Tyler Foundation For Disabilities focuses on individuals, families, and other nonprofit organizations, supporting those with autism, a mental disorder, or epilepsy. Through high-profile events and a passionate blend of entertainment industry professionals and generous corporate support, The Tyler Foundation For Disabilities raises funds and awareness for individuals and families struggling with a disability. Veteran broadcast journalist, Tina Marie Tyler, founded The Tyler Foundation For Disabilities in 2011, after years of advocating for her son who has autism, and for herself, and others with depression or epilepsy. Current events include: Harmony and Hoops, NConcert4Autism, and Muscle Beach Venice. www.thetylerfoundation.org