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About Jack Jack Ursitti was diagnosed with autism shortly after his 2nd birthday. Jack is now four and is still working hard every single day to overcome the challenges of autism. He is strong, courageous and loads of fun.

Prior to moving to Boston this summer, Jack attended DFW Center for Autism for almost two years, receiving intensive therapy from the dedicated staff. (To view pictures, click here.) Jack now attends a wonderful school in the Boston area called Nashoba Learning Group. He is learning and growing every single day. To read more about Jack's journey of hope, visit his mom's blog, Autismville at Parents.com.

Autism Awareness

We are on a mission to promote autism awareness and early intervention! Here are some quick autism facts you should be aware of:

If you suspect someone you love might be affected, don't delay. Familiarize yourself with the associated red flags at First Signs or Autism Speaks and take action as soon as possible. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are feeling overwhelmed. The autism community is filled with caring individuals who will understand and help. There is hope. You are not alone..

Autism Advocacy

Thanks to your help, the Combating Autism Act of 2006 became law on December 19, 2006. Read more here. Also,Texas Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 1919 into law on June 15, 2007. The new law mandates for better insurance coverage for children with autism. Read more about this important legislative milestone here. To read the text of this bill, click here.

Jack in the media

In August 2007, Jack's mom began writing a blog for Parents.com about the joys and challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum. The name of the blog is Autismville. Stop by and take a peek.

Two interviews with Jack's mom were broadcast on Dallas/Fort Worth networks regarding HB 1919. To view the NBC report, click here. To view ABC's coverage, click here. Jack's dad also weighed in on the issue by writing an editorial in the San Antonio Express News. Our tremendous thanks goes to Texas media, who have been so helpful in shedding light on these issues that are so crucial to families dealing with the challenges of autism.

Jack's mom was interviewed in ABC's Good Morning Texas regarding the power of early intervention and the DFW Center for Autism.. Watch the video.

Jack's picture was on the table of contents page of the November 27, 2006, issue of Newsweek under the caption "What Will Become of Him?". Read the related article.

An interview with Jack's mom about the Combating Autism Act aired on the Dallas/Fort Worth NBC affiliate (NBC 5/KXAS) on October 24, 2006. Watch the video.

Jack's dad spoke at a press conference conducted by Senator Florence Shapiro on February 28th at the State Capitol in Austin on behalf of Senate Bill 1000. This bill would create an Autism Services Accessibility Program (ASAP) in Texas. Watch the video or read the related news article. For more information, please visit www.texasautismscholarships.com.

Thanks

We couldn't have done it without you. Heartfelt thanks for for supporting the following events in 2007!

Walk Now for Autism Dallas/Ft. Worth 2007 On May 19th, 2007, 72 of our family and friends rallied around us and raised over $26,000 in honor of Jack and all individuals dealing with the realities of an autism diagnosis. The walk itself broke all records with over 4,000 participants and $465,000 raised. To view photos of the day, click here.

Team Jack Attack also participated in the Walk Now for Autism Research events in Arizona, Austin, Boston, Nantucket and Providence. Special shout outs go to Karats and Keepsakes in Macon, Georgia for their mega fundraising event benefiting Autism Speaks. (Thanks Julie and Mimi.) Also to Zaundra, Jack's aunt extraordinaire for her incredible efforts at the Austin walk. The fact that our coworkers, neighbors, family and friends are willing to lace up their shoes and walk means more than we can every say. We're looking forward to Atlanta and walking with all of our Georgia family and friends on April 12th, 2008. Come join the funand walk to help improve the quality of life for all those affected by autism.

Click here to read an article Judith wrote for Autism Speaks E-Speaks Newsletter about why we walk.

Beauty and the Beast 2007-The Grapevine Colleyville Southlake Moms' League hosted a dinner and silent auction to benefit the DFW Center for Autism at the Cowboys Club in Grapevine on Saturday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m. The event was a huge success, raising over $7,500 for the DFW Center for Autism. Thanks to all of our friends who came out to support Jack's school! An even bigger thanks to the Moms' League, especially Kelly Oberholzer, Amy Verillion and all of the wonderful members of the community service committee.

Southlake MOMS Club - The Southlake MOMS club adopted DFW Center for Autism as their community service charity for 2007. All proceeds from their annual fundraiser went to the center. They also threw a fantastic Christmasparty for the center with more gifts than the children could open. Their genorosity and smiling faces truly made a difference for DFWCA.


Team Jack Attack 2007

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