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LUNCHEON PROVIDES A WINDOW INTO THE MINDS OF THOSE WITH AUTISM

Meals for the Minds Raises Awareness and Funding For Important Community Mental Health Services

 

Dallas – September 26, 2014 - Metrocare Services, the largest nonprofit provider of behavioral health services in Dallas, focused on autism and the impact it has on people with the disorder and their loved ones at its fundraising luncheon that was held on Sept. 25 at the Hilton Anatole.

At this year’s Meal for the Minds, neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Lisa Genova gave a keynote address about how those with autism and other neurological diseases are often ignored or misunderstood by society. Dr. Genova is the award-winning author of such novels as Still Alice and Love Anthony, which tells the poignant story of two women and their connection to a young boy with autism.  

“We were very much looking forward to hearing Dr. Genova’s unique and refreshing viewpoint  on autism,” said Dr. John Burruss, CEO of Metrocare Services. “As both a neuroscientist and a novelist who writes about those with autism, she goes beyond facts and statistics and gives us a compassionate look into people’s hearts and minds.”

“The statistics are staggering -- 1 in 68 children in the US have autism – but the information behind these disorders tends to stay intellectual in our heads.  With my novels, I try to reveal the humanity behind the numbers and give people a real understanding and empathy,” said Dr. Genova.  “I’d like to thank Metrocare for providing essential care to those with autism and for offering a forum where we can become better educated and more sensitive about this important issue.”

This year’s Meals for the Minds offered a timely look at autism, a disorder which has seen a drastic rise in diagnoses recently, burdening the already-strained health care system. In the Dallas Independent School District alone, nearly 1,000 students – or 8% of the student body – are known to have an autism disorder. Thousands of other students – some diagnosed, some not – struggle with autism in public schools and private schools all around North Texas. 

To meet this growing need, Metrocare is expanding its Center for Children with Autism at Metrocare program.  The therapy delivered by CCAM specialists is targeted at improving behavior and teaching communication and social skills for children between two to 12 years of age.  The Center is devoted to unlocking each child’s potential by offering intensive, state-of-the art treatment options.

The Metrocare Auxiliary, a group of 145 volunteers, hosted the luncheon, which included the 7th annual Edible Auction featuring cakes from Dallas’ top pastry chefs. The luncheon also featured an art sale of work by Art Focus XC, an elite group of juried Dallas artists. 
 
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ABOUT METROCARE:  Metrocare is North Texas’ leading nonprofit dedicated to helping people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and severe emotional problems live healthier lives. Metrocare provides a comprehensive array of individually-tailored services to help the people they serve experience more meaningful and satisfying lives. Metrocare serves nearly 60,000 people annually through programs across Dallas County; they are considered the safety net for Dallas County’s low income families who cannot afford to go elsewhere to treat a family member’s mental health needs. 

Contact: Kimberly Holliday
kimberly.holliday@metrocareservices.org
214-743-138

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