AIM Weekend in Northwest Arkansas

Thursday, May 12 at 04:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Northwest Arkansas' largest autism advocate to host AIM weekend May 13-14, 2016.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – One in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to the CDC*. This statistic represents not only how important autism awareness has become in the United States but also in Northwest Arkansas. 

Nothing brings AIM (Autism Involves Me) greater joy than providing resources and awareness to the local autism community. However, the group needs help in doing so. The community is invited to AIM WEEKEND 2016 on May 13 and 14. This year’s events include a golf tournament and the annual AIM walk. 

AIM Golf Tournament presented by Henkel

Friday, May 13, 2016 (8 a.m. and 1 p.m. shotgun start) – Big Sugar Country Club in Pea Ridge, Ark.

Golfers will play the newly redesigned 18-hole golf course along the banks of Big Sugar creek. For team slots and sponsorship opportunities please email lisa.johnston@aimnwa.org or bryan.morse@aimnwa.org.

AIM Walk presented by Jarvis Pediatrics

Saturday May 14, 2016 (9 a.m.) – Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, Ark. 

AIM Stampede is the theme of this year’s event. Join AIM for the silent auction, raffle, food trucks, local entertainment, and the 7th AIM Family Fun Walk to raise awareness for autism. Individuals and teams can sign up at http://www.aimnwa.org*. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

AIM (Autism Involves Me) was established in 2002 and has grown to become the area’s largest advocate and support provider to those with autism. Today the group provides multiple programs:

AIM To Help Grant Program – Hosted annually, these grants provide necessary equipment and therapy not normally covered by insurance. In the past year, AIM has awarded more than 40, $500 grants and given out more than $25,000. Since its inception in 2009, this program has given back almost $75,000 to families in NWA and more than 500 families have received the grant. 

AIM to Educate Grant Program – Created in 2015, this grant program is designed to help teachers of special needs classrooms in NWA. In its inaugural year, AIM awarded more than 20 grants up to $1,500 per teacher totaling $30,000, again helping students in NWA.

AIM Events – Each quarter the group hosts free events for families affected by autism such as parties at local parks to sensory friendly films at Malco Pinnacle Hills Cinema. These events connect people who are on the autism journey together. 

Donations can be made at www.aimnwa.org*. Volunteers are needed for both events and can sign-up online. 

Autism Involves Me (AIM) has a simple mission: To enhance the lives of people with autism by connecting the autism community and providing education and resources to family, community, and providers. Autism Involves Me was founded in Northwest Arkansas and remains committed to the communities of Northwest Arkansas. 100 percent of the donations raised stays in Northwest Arkansas. AIM is a registered 501(c)3 organization.  

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Community Support
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