When I first signed up for an Autism Center psychology course, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Thrust into an entirely new environment, I learned through practice and quickly gained an immense respect for the kids and families involved in the Center’s outreach. By the semester’s end, I knew I wanted to offer help on a larger scale. My senior thesis became an independent project geared towards documenting the Claremont Autism Center’s history, activities, and the stories of those whose lives are connected to the Center.
This documentary is the result from this commitment to heightening awareness about the Center. The original is a bit longer (23 minutes), but I think this shorter version hits the core of what the Autism Center does for its children, their families, and the students who contribute their time and care. It also fits on YouTube.
I created this documentary to inform you. But even more, I wanted to begin facilitating fundraising efforts. This center is UNIQUE. It is one of the only clinics in the Inland Empire area that deals with children and their families…for free. Consequently, there is a long waiting list of families hoping to attend the Center, as well as an overabundance of Claremont students interested in taking the corresponding class.
If you are interested in donating, please contact Marjorie Charlop [email protected]. Cash donations are ideal, but as referenced in the interview, new toys and technology will be gladly accepted, and desperately needed.
Please enjoy the following video.
Note from the author: Alex apologizes for any typos, misspellings, etc… you guys get the picture. Just watch the video!