Knowledge is the best remedy.
Our story began with two women with hearts full of passion, innocence and a lot of support from family and friends. Tammy, who has a child with autism, was planning a concert dinner with her friend to benefit the school for children with autism. She discussed this idea with her now co-founder, Jeannie. Jeannie felt that a one-time fundraising event was not enough. The two women talked extensively about the topics related to autism and the struggles that families affected with autism encountered. They expressed frustrations for the lack of awareness and funding for autism.
Tammy, a Houstonian business owner and graduate of University of Houston Law Center, found herself lost and confused when her child was first diagnosed with autism. The search for treatments was confusing and complicated. It required a tremendous amount of time and resources to get help her child. She soon discovered that we have an extensive network of well-qualified professionals, locally and nationally, who are ready to take on the challenge of treating children with autism. She wanted to share her experiences, through her research, to help provide a roadmap for the families of children who are affected by autism to help make their journey a little easier. Together, the two women formed The KNOWAutism Foundation to increase autism awareness and to help families affected by autism through providing education and resources.
The two women charged onto unfamiliar territory; forming a non-profit organization, promoting and fundraising. Their commitment to the cause of helping children with autism led them to the idea of forming a foundation but it was their innocence that gave them the courage to go through with it.
With the beginning of all great things, they were faced with many challenges and obstacles while at the same time, were blessed with encouraging friends and supportive families.They were also encouraged by a group of well-qualified professionals who are willing to commit their time and expertise. Most importantly, they were blessed with spouses who supported and believed in them and their cause. Tammy, Jeannie and her whole team ask you to join them and support them in helping children and families affected by autism.
Note: Jeannie has resigned her position as co-founder and board of director at the end of 2013 to develop more time with her family and on her career. She will continue to support children with special needs at her church.
KNOWAutism Foundation, 6430 Richmond, Suite 410, Houston, TX 77057