Branson’s Nantucket Supports the Autism Society of America
10/01/2009

New luxury resort located in Branson Missouri lends a helping hand by raising awareness for this worthy cause.

Online PR News – 01-October-2009 – – Branson MO
Walter Halicki

Branson’s Nantucket is the leader in the luxury fractional resort industry. Geoff Petter, operations manager of the resort says, “We have many charities that we support but Autism is very dear to us. Both the owner and all the employees of the Branson’s Nantucket want to help the local community and they have chosen to direct their support to the Autism Society of America. There are so many local families affected by this syndrome, we not only donate monies to this worthy cause but also want to help raise awareness with outreach programs in Stone and Taney counties.”

Branson’s Nantucket holds tours for many people on a daily basis that include previews of their beautiful resort. Mr. Petter goes on to say “One of our most important goals is to educate as many visitors to Branson as possible about Autism. People need to understand that Autism is not curable but it is treatable. Children do not "outgrow" autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes and the Autism Society is trying to make treatment available to every child.”

The staff at Branson’s Nantucket knows that there is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding is helping families everyday. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. In February 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report, which looked at a sample of 8 year olds in 2000 and 2002, concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 150 American children, and almost 1 in 94 boys.

The issuance of this report caused a media uproar, but the news was not a surprise to the Autism Society or to the 1.5 million Americans living with the effects of autism spectrum disorder. Nonetheless, the spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children.

Currently, the Autism Society estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 million to $5 million, and that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism (this figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, in addition to related therapeutic services and caregiver costs).

Branson’s Nantucket holds their previews in Branson on a daily basis and anyone is welcome to attend. Anyone interested in making a contribution or lending their support to this very worthy cause is welcome to contact us during regular business hours.

Contact Info:
Branson's Nantucket
2837 State Hwy 265
Branson, MO 65616
www.lifetimedestinations.com
phone 417-338-5006
fax 417-338-5002