Philanthropy Share: FSU Center for Autism & Related Disabilities

Philanthropy Share: CCC Supports Autism Speaks U at FSU

What is Autism Speaks U?

Autism Speaks U (ASU) is a collegiate program that began at Penn State University in 2006 and was nationally launched in 2008. Florida State University (FSU) established their Chapter in the Fall of 2014.

ASU supports students, faculty and alumni in their awareness and fundraising efforts for Autism Speaks. Chapters follow the lead of their Presidents and Vice Presidents, who are made up of students on the spectrum, students who have family members or friends on the spectrum, or students who want to make a difference in the autism community.”

CCC is surrounded in BLUE for Autism Awareness

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Philanthropy Share: Autism Speaks U FSU Walk 2018

Philanthropy Share

For the third exciting year, Children’s Communication Center , is a proud sponsor of the  Autism Speaks U – Florida State University’s Walk Event.

Join an Autism Speaks U Walk

Autism Speaks states that the Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters, the funds raised help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead ‘their best lives’.”

How to Find an Autism Speaks Walk Near You

You can find an Autism Speaks Walk by visiting this page and searching by zip codes.

Join ASU at FSU

Are interested in joining an Autism Speaks U group?!

YES, then read more and find one near your city. If you are in Tallahassee, contact our established FSU Autism Speaks U group @autismspeaksufsu.

ASUFSU Walk 2018 Photo: Shared to CCC by ASUFSU

Our 2016 Autism Speaks Team’s Stories

This Center’ team members participating in the 2016 ASU FSU event can be seen below in their 2017 promotional poster!

ASU FSU 2017 Poster Photo: Shared to CCC by ASU FSU

Our 2016 Team Videos

Join us and reminisce as we share our three videos of the Children’s Communication Center’s Team participating in the 2016 ASU FSU Walk.

April is Autism Awareness

Children’s Communication will be participating in the April is Autism Awareness Month, including the Light It Up Blue campaign!

Follow our blog posts sharing stories and information related to Autism all highlighted during April, as well as, May during Better Hearing & Speech Month.

You can find us here on our web page and on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Together, we are making a difference,


Quote: Lori Savage Grayson, MMSc, CCC-SLP


Autism Awareness Month: A Look Back

Thank you to Kirsten Malenke who interviewed me about the Children’s Communication Center’s participation with Autism Awareness Month! Below is an excerpt from her Advance Healthcare Network article. (2016)


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a group of complicated disorders of brain development, characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. According to the CDC, one in 68 children is classified as being on the autism spectrum.

In 1965, the Autism Society of America was established by Bernard Rimland, PhD, and Ruth Sullivan, PhD, along with parents of children with autism. The mission of the Autism Society is to improve the lives of those living with autism by increasing public awareness about the everyday issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for services, and providing information regarding treatment, education, and research. The Autism Society is a not-for-profit organization composed of a network of 100 affiliates that spans the nation.


Lori Savage Grayson, MMSc, CCC-SLP, FSL, is the founder and director of the Children’s Communication Center Inc. in Tallahassee, Fla. With almost 40 years of experience, Grayson has seen many changes in the field of autism research as well as the challenges those with autism face as they mature over the years. Grayson’s passion for helping those affected by autism is evident in the many ways she and the center participated in their community last month.

The center celebrated Autism Awareness Month from day one, starting with the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue Event. Each day they posted articles relating to autism and advertised local events and services on their social media sites. They helped sponsor the Autism Speaks U Club 5K at Florida State University, as well as a community art project called Together and Able that was featured in a local art festival. The center shared the Autism Navigator, an online collection of web-based tools for parents and healthcare professionals created by the Florida State University Autism Institute. It also promoted a local sensory friendly skating night and The Chocolate Spectrum, a Florida-based artisan chocolate company created by a speech-language pathologist for her son and other individuals with developmental disabilities who are hired, trained and employed.

Grayson said, “Each of us deserves the best opportunity to communicate, play, tell stories, share emotions, learn, gain an education, achieve, succeed and be happy with family and friends. While each person with autism has different strengths and areas of need, they share common challenges with social, communication, and language skills. I am a speech-language pathologist and that’s why I think autism awareness is important. Autism affects one in every 68 children and at the same time it affects all of us. Together, we are making a difference.


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