Fred R. Volkmar, MD
Fred R. Volkmar, MD and Pam Ventola, Ph.D. will be the guest speakers at the Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Fundraiser sponsored by the Bethany Leapley Autism Spectrum Disorder Scholarship Fund at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Saturday, Feb 1 at 7 p.m.
The event, emceed by television and radio talent Tony Terzi, includes hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a silent auction, and entertainment provided by DJ Jay.
Volkmar is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology and the Director of the Yale University Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine. He also is the Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Ventola is the Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center. Both presenters are honored to participate in this first annual event to raise funds for scholarships awards to children and adults for the soon-to-be opened Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Fitness Center in Orange.
About the Center
The ASD Fitness Center, scheduled to open in April , is a facility designed specifically to provide a safe, comfortable and structured environment for empowering individuals with ASD to improve their fitness, nutrition and social/emotional well being.
Founders Adam and Dedra Leapley were inspired to create a specialized gym for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) based on their own experience of raising a child with ASD.
“We believe in an overall healthy mind and body and introduced our son to a personal trainer last year who had experience with ASD individuals,” said Adam Leapley. “This led to his improvement physically, emotionally, and socially.”
Recognizing his son’s talent for mentoring others on the Spectrum through his work with “Unified Sports,” the “Best Buddies” program and the “Autism Spectrum Resource Center,” Leapley said he thought that a specialized gym would give his son the opportunity to translate his strength for working with others into a career.
After floating the idea to professionals in the field of ASD, he found there was a great enthusiasm for this unique concept and decided to move forward in launching the ASD Fitness Center.
“The ASD Fitness Center is the first of it’s kind in our region,” Leapley said. “All of our trainers have a special education background and will offer one-on-one training and small group fitness classes. Our intake and evaluations are thorough and Individual Fitness Plans (IFP) will be created for each member to achieve specific goals in the areas of nutrition and functional skills. “
The Wine and Craft Beer Tasting Fundraiser event is planned to coincide with the opening of the gym to financially support youth and adults who will benefit by attending the gym’s program.
Tickets for the Fundraiser are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance. Tickets pan be purchased ONLINE or via Pay Pal at ASDcharity@gmail.com. Payments made by checks should be payable to The Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund and mailed to: Rick Polio, Fundraiser Chair at 17 Ironwood Way, Orange, CT 06477. Donations also are graciously accepted.
For information about the Fundraiser or the ASD Fitness Center, email ASDcharity@gmail.com or call Fundraiser Chairman Rick Polio, MBA and lifelong resident of Orange, at (203) 641-1696. To learn more about the ASD Fitness Center, visit www.asdfitnesscenter.com.
Originally Published on: Jan 14, 2014 @ 14:22