Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2015-2016 school year a huge success! We are so excited for the 2016-2017 school year. We can't wait to help you make your IMPACT!
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IMPACT Autism seeks to utilize the volunteerism, passion, and leadership of University of Florida students to directly IMPACT the lives of those with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities in the Gainesville community and beyond. We are a student run, non-profit organization founded in 2009, by four UF students. We operate under the UF Foundation and UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UF CARD). Our passion is providing opportunities for UF's student community to learn and serve individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and giving support to families affected by ASD. To learn more about our history as a student group and nonprofit organization, visit Our History.
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A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who joined us on February 6th, 2016 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for our 8th annual Stomp the Swamp for Autism benefiting UF CARD! UF Students, faculty, organizations, and families were among the many different groups of the community that came out to show their support. To be a part of Stomp the Swamp next year, be sure to check out the Stomp the Swamp Facebook to stay up to date with all information regarding the event. See you in the Swamp!
Check out this story on Stomp the Swamp 2016 from TV 20!
On Saturday, February 9th, over 600 people STOMPed the SWAMP for AUTISM at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. UF Students, Faculty, professionals, parents, children and local businesses joined in on the fun and helped make this event the largest Stomp the Swamp ever! UF First Lady, Chris Machen was the Honorary Chairperson for the 5th Annual Stomp the Swamp for Autism. Children ages 12 and under participated for free in games and special obstacle course activities on Florida Field, while being cheered on by many volunteers UF football players. This was the first year that Impact Autism officers took the lead in planning Stomp the Swamp for Autism. Over 55 teams of family and friends, coworkers, student organizations and businesses joined in on the fun and showed their support for those with autism spectrum disorders! All proceeds went towards the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UF CARD). UF CARD provides free services for over 2,500 individuals from 14 Florida counties, and is the only Center of it's kind in North Central Florida. For more pictures and updates about the event, visit Stomp the Swamp Facebook.
Thank you to everyone who made this event the LARGEST and most SUCCESSFUL Stomp the Swamp for Autism yet! Over 600 students, parents, faculty members, and business owners Stomped the Swamp for those with autism on Saturday, February 9th. Over 55 "teams" of family members, friends, student organizations and local businesses were formed. Find out more about this important event at STS Facebook Page.
Pictured (from left to right): Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando, Cierra Quigley, Jillian Roberts, Dr. Greg Valcante, Emily Roberts, Ashley Giddings, Hallie Kritsas, and Kathy Robinson.
We are happy to announce that IMPACT Autism is now a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization under UF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and the UF Foundation. We are very grateful for UF CARD's support and eager to continue our mission of making an IMPACT in our community.
IMPACT Autism was honored to receive the 2012 Student Involvement award for being the University of Florida's Most Outstanding New Student Organization. Along with a trophy, IMPACT Autism received a $1,000 grant to continue to make an IMPACT and fulfill our mission in the community.
IMPACT Autism's 2011-2012 Officers accept the award on behalf of the organization.
Pictured: Hallie Kritsas (Publicist), Meagan Urruela (Vice-President), Ashley Giddings (President), Stephanie Hernandez (Publicist), Emily Roberts (Secretary). Not Pictured: Ana Mejia (Treasurer)
IMPACT Autism has been featured in the April edition of the UF Health Science Center's Publication, The Post. Make sure you pick up a copy to read about our organization, or read the online version by clicking on the picture, below:
The Post's article, "Making an IMPACT on Autism," by Molly Larmie can be found at: IMPACT Autism Article