ThatBassFishingDude is one of our highly-respected ACK Syndicate members from the Dallas, Tx area. He has been an amazing fisherman to follow, as he continues to pull whopper fish out of the North Texas lakes, rivers and creeks. As Autism Awareness month is just around the corner, he has put together a plan to help raise money that will go towards helping kids with Autism participate in more outdoor activities. Help support the cause by purchasing one of his shirts below in which the proceeds will go directly to a local charity that creates opportunities for those with Autism to experience the wonderful gifts the outdoors has to offer. 

TBFD ‘s Autism Awareness Campaign 2020

AUSTEN’S AUTISTIC ADVENTURES

The Charity and their story

While Austen was in high school, she had many things to do: school all day, then activities designed for people under 18 with special needs, both after school and on weekends. 

However, in the spring of her senior year,  I began to worry.  I attended a special needs conference and listened to a young woman cry about how lonely and bored she was after graduation. 

I hoped things would be different for us. I was wrong. The truth is, the opportunities for adults with autism are few. I quickly rejected “day programs.” Even the best (and very expensive) kept our “kids” largely from the world, where they interact almost solely with each other. Until now, no program has existed for daily interaction outside those walls. Therefore, the community, (for the most part), never gets to know people with autism at all. 

Austen and I are here to change that. The mission of Austen’s Autistic Adventures is, “To Bring the World to Autism and Autism to the World.” Every day we go out together, practicing being out in the social world.  Adults with autism  will find something to keep them engaged and learning, all year, all their lives. 

What we are trying to accomplish

TBFD Gang is a platform about giving back to the community through time, Charitable contribution, and education. Fishing is and has always been a sport about inclusion. I think that’s one thing that makes it so special to me. Anyone can be a fisherman!

You may or may not be aware, But my son Bradlee is on the Autism spectrum. He loves the outdoors, fishing and is big into reading and history. He is 13 years old and though the severity of his special needs are not near as bad as some Autism and it’s effects have been a huge part of our daily life. Having organizations that will provide safe social opportunities for him and others alike are a great way to bring awareness to the community about Autism.

We have designed this AWESOME Limited edition T-shirt that 100% of your profit dollars goes towards giving opportunities for teens and young adults on the spectrum to participate in the community. This shirt will be available for purchase until April 30th with the donation being presented in the name of #TBFDGANG the first week of May!

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WHAT YOUR PURCHASE HELPS SUPPORT

Your purchase (Donation) helps pay for Daily outings ranging in cost from $25-60 per person depending on length of outing (typically 2 hours) and type of activity. Please note that the cost ALWAYS INCLUDES ANY ADMISSION FEES

Here are just a few Adventures your donation pays for:

  • Art classes 
  • Museum visits
  • Amusement park
  • Arcades
  • Mini Golf
  • Sports
  • Nature walks
  • Factory tours
  • Job shadowing
  • And More!

Austen’s Autistic Adventures is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit. Your gift keeps the program going! for more information on the organization see the website link below!

 

AUSTEN’S AUTISTIC ADVENTURES