Eden Autism Services Florida names Maureen Bashaw Advocate of the Month
10/15/2011

Award recognizes people who are advocates for autism by increasing awareness, raising funds or providing leadership in support of autism

Online PR News – 15-October-2011 – – Eden Autism Services Florida has recognized Fort Myers resident Maureen Bashaw as recipient of the Autism Advocate of the Month award. The award recognizes people who are advocates for autism by increasing awareness, raising funds or providing leadership in support of autism.

Bashaw, the mother of an adult son with autism, was a writer at The News-Press for over 30 years. She and her late husband, Richard, formed a support group for parents of children with autism when their son, Ian, was six years old. “At that time there were few resources for families living with autism and little awareness of autism,” said her daughter Beth Cameron Bashaw.

Nearly 30 years later, the support group has evolved into The Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation. The Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life for people living with autism by providing resources, activities, information, advocacy and support to those who love someone living with autism.

Bashaw’s first book was recently published. Killerscent is a murder mystery that features a boy with autism who has a keen sense of smell. “Our family is proud of this accomplishment. It has been a ten-year journey for my mother and we are looking forward to upcoming book signings in Southwest Florida,” said Cameron-Bashaw.
Eden’s Advocate of the Month receives a certificate of appreciation and will be invited to an annual reception.

To nominate an advocate for autism who exemplifies Action in Autism, please submit your nomination including person’s name, contact information, and 50 word summary of why he or she should be selected to Taire.Malloy@edenservices.org or call 239-992-4680.

About Eden Autism Services
Eden Autism Services Florida was founded in 1996 to address the state’s growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families. Eden Autism Services' mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and provide support to their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. These services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services. For more information, contact Susan Suarez at 239-992-4680, extension 201 or Eden.florida@edenservices.org.

About Autism
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children in the United States, and one in 70 boys. The prevalence of autism has increased 600 percent in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
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