Each person who is part of House of Teams believes in supporting our community. The sad part is there are so many areas of needs in the community that deserve support but the resources of house of Teams are limited. The reality is we wish we could support them all but we can’t.
Our support for 2018 is going to two different charities because of our connection to autism.
Autism is hard to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced it themselves or through a family member or friend. We urge you to take a moment and read the following paragraph. We hope it will help you understand in a small way what a person with autism experiences every day and often numerous times each day.
You are sitting in a chair in a bright room surrounded by dozens of television. One of the televisions turns on and the show captures your attention. Suddenly another television turns on and you glance at it. When your eyes return to the first television the show is still on but the screen is blurry and the sound is crackly. Two more televisions turn on suddenly. One is very loud and the other one is screeching. Two more televisions turn on. One keeps fading in and out and the other just flickers. The volume keeps going up and down but the sound doesn’t match what you see on the screen. Every once in a while you get a small electrical shock from the chair when you move. Suddenly all around you the televisions are turning on and off and the volume is going up and down and the little shocks are happening faster and faster. The cacophony of sound echoes around you. The lights in the room get brighter and dimmer and brighter and dimmer.
How do you feel?
On March 10th, 2018 House of Teams is sponsoring the Artists Expression for Autism in the Gayety Theatre in Collingwood. Come on out and join us. Learn the story of Eli Young, a talented drummer who played in different bands but he was arrested, jailed, cast out by his friends because of autism. Eli almost ended up living on the streets but was saved by the advocacy of CLASS. Sadly, Eli’s story is just one of many.
Go to artistsexpressionforautism.com to learn more. We look forward to seeing you there.