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As someone who has personal family experience with autism I know that this disease is one that desperately needs more involvement and education by our community. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys have autism. This is a staggering and growing statistic that is having a major impact on the lives of individuals, families and our society at large. To meet this challenge head on a local non-profit called Include Autism is doing their part to support families and educate the community about how those diagnosed with autism can be a valuable part of society.
On October 28th Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe hosted Include Autism’s “Swing for Autism Golf Classic”. The event was a huge success and raised thousands of dollars for the organizations life-altering programs. Golfers enjoyed a best ball tournament, reception, silent auction, dinner and presentation by members of Include Autism. Some of the day’s highlights included a long drive demonstration by one of the world’s Top 10 long drive professionals and a helicopter ball drop where a lucky contestant won $1,000. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Aldo Negrete, famous for his recent culinary expertise at San Diego’s Whisknladle, while they listen to awards and scoring results from the day’s golf.
Proceeds from the event go towards the many critical programs that Include Autism provides for the community. Include Autism operates a successful Community Coaching program, which provides community-based social behavior therapy for youth with autism. Coaches work with the kids by taking them out to everyday events in San Diego (the zoo, the beach, sports etc) and helps teach them social interaction skills. They also work closely with local businesses to show them how individuals with autism can be an integral part of the work force.
The cause of autism is an ongoing struggle and there is no shortage of ways to support the effort. For more information on how to be a part of Include Autism’s mission and help them achieve their life-changing goals please visit www.IncludeAutism.com.
Jim and his wife Jo, have lived in Carmel Valley since 1987 and first got into the real estate business in 1992 after a successful career in the construction industry in South Africa. Kevin Dalzell joined the Dalzell Group Real Estate team in 2002 after playing professional rugby in Europe (represented the U.S. in two Rugby World Cups) and is now living with his wife, Nina, in Solana Beach. Ryan Dalzell coordinates the team’s marketing program, and he joined the group in 2004 after working as a flight instructor. Ryan lives in Carmel Valley with his wife Julie and their 3 children. Amber Worsham recently joined the team as the new Marketing Manager & Transaction Coordinator. With over five years of experience in marketing real estate in Coastal North County, Amber provides us with extensive expertise in the print, internet and direct marketing aspects of the business.