Chances are good that you know someone who has a child on the autism spectrum. Of every 68 children born today in the United States, one will have autism. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S. – increasing 119 percent between 2000 and 2010.
This year the Zelienople Rotary Club decided to help. The club will donate proceeds from its annual spring pancake breakfast to Parents In Toto, an organization that serves families of children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum. The Parents In Toto Autism Center, located at 143 S. Main Street, Zelienople, provides a relaxed and comfortable environment where families can share ideas, learn from experts, explore new resources and make friends. Parents In Toto relies on charitable contributions to keep their services free of charge.
“On behalf of our families and staff at Toto, we certainly appreciate the efforts of the Zelienople Rotary members to help sustain Parents in Toto,” says Mary Limbacher, executive director.“Serving hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals and their families in Butler and surrounding counties who live with autism over the past eight years has been an honor. As a nonprofit, Parents in Toto relies on local donations, sponsorships, and grants to provide a dozen support groups, creative activities, and informative speaker presentations. Our programs span all ages and needs, targeting the well-being of the entire family as a haven of ideas, information and hope.”
The pancake breakfast fundraiser will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 10 at the American Legion Hall, 308 W. New Castle Street, Zelienople. Tickets, available for purchase at the door, are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
For more information about Parents In Toto, contact 724-473-0990 or