Duo Team Up for Autism Awareness
April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day, and the entire month is dedicated to educating about the neurological disorder. "Every day in our house we celebrate Autism, whether the smallest milestone to the largest milestone,” says Merenda Deimling, founder of Team Keagan.
April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day, and the entire month is dedicated to educating about the neurological disorder.
"Every day in our house we celebrate Autism, whether the smallest milestone to the largest milestone,” says Merenda Deimling, founder of Team Keagan.
Her son, Keagan, was diagnosed with the disorder.
"Due to his ongoing medical concerns, we go to Pittsburgh a lot,” she says.
At Eastway Lanes, because Keagan loves to bowl, they’re raising money for the Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania to help support other families with kids on the autism spectrum.
"A lot of people do not know about autism, I also want to get the awareness out there,” she says.
While Team Keagan celebrates Autism Awareness Day and Month, the husband and wife duo of Effortless Art are celebrating by releasing their adaptive crayons to the public, to help kids on the autism spectrum.
Effortless Art crayons were introduced at the Barber National Institute back in 2015, which is where Keagan first got to use them. Merenda invited Effortless Art to the fundraiser so other families could use the adapted crayons.
"They have unique dual ends, and they have a triangle shape, and they have a middle grip. That really facilitates students grip and position of their hands to help make coloring easier,” says Nancy Morris, creator of the crayon.
The 100% recycled crayons tie perfectly into autism awareness, and that’s why Effortless Art is also donating some proceeds to the Autism Society.
Which helps beyond April, because Nancy and Merenda agree, autism awareness is every day.
To learn more about Team Keagan, click here.
For more information about Effortless Art crayons, click here.