Austin Adults with Autism Celebrate Grand Opening of ‘An Independent 
Me’ (AIM) Residence and Summer Camp that Aims to Empower and Inspire  
Community-funded and job-focused residence creates opportunities for 
developmentally challenged adults  ...
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Event Summary:

Event: An Independent Me Grand Opening
Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CT)
Location: 4350 E Whitestone Blvd<br />Cedar Park, TX 78613<br />

Event Details:

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Austin Adults with Autism 
Celebrate Grand Opening of ‘An Independent Me’ (AIM) Residence and Summer Camp 
that Aims to Empower and Inspire </strong></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><em>Community-funded and job-focused 
residence creates opportunities for developmentally challenged 
<p class="MsoNormal"> </p>
<p class="MsoNormal">AUSTIN, Texas June 25, 2012 - <a 
href="">An Independent Me 
(AIM),</a> a full-time residence and summer camp for adults (18 and 
older) with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Round Rock celebrates the grand 
opening on <strong>Saturday, June 30<sup>th</sup> from 4-8 
p.m</strong>. AIM kicked off its first session on June 11, 2012 and the 
first two weeks have been a major success. Adults at AIM have learned how to 
sew, build a picnic table from wood planks, care for livestock on the 
ranch-style property, and plant the seeds for an on-site vegetable garden. The 
grand opening is open to the public and will include bar-b-que, horseback 
riding, a petting zoo, games, and a silent auction featuring camper-made art 
and picnic tables.</p>
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<p class="MsoNormal">AIM exceeds standard expectations of group 
homes for individuals with development disabilities, providing:</p>
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<li class="MsoNormal">personalized care, attention and support 
with a 3:1 ratio (three campers/residents to one staff member);</li>
<li class="MsoNormal">working with specialists to create 
developmental plans for each camper; and</li>
<li class="MsoNormal">partnering with local community 
organizations to offer unique job and volunteer opportunities for 
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<p class="MsoNormal">Last week, one animal-loving camper 
shadowed a veterinary technician for two days at nearby Block House Creek 
Animal Hospital. Angela Day, AIM founder and mother to son with autism beams 
with pride, <span style="color: #1a1a1a;">"In developing 
An Independent Me, my heart is full as I spend time with the smiling faces of 
these innocent souls, teaching them to become as independent as possible, and 
providing rewarding and individually challenging activities for them on a daily 
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<p class="MsoNormal">The opportunities created at AIM open 
doors and help residents and campers uncover new skills and aspirations. 
“<span style="color: #1a1a1a;">The AIM camp pushed my 
17-year-old to do things he might never have done before by understanding him, 
encouraging him and cheering him on,” </span>according to Trina Sherman, 
mother of a current AIM camper. “<span style="color: 
#1a1a1a;">He comes home with a new confidence and new social 
opportunities that will enrich his life far beyond what just two short weeks 
can do.”</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: 
#1a1a1a;">As AIM continues to build on its strong start, it plans to 
partner with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services 
(DARS), who has already expressed its support. Jennifer Kaut, DARS Autism 
Program Specialist states, </span>"I encourage the efforts of AIM 
ranch to enlist campers in the DARS process and to focus on increased 
independence through work. I love that AIM is trying to honor and promote their 
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<p class="MsoNormal">The Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park 
communities are invited to attend the grand opening event on 
<strong>Saturday, June 30<sup>th</sup> from 4-8 
p.m.</strong> at</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">4350 E Whitestone Blvd<br />Cedar 
Park, TX  78613 </p>
<p class="MsoNormal"> </p>
<p class="MsoNormal">AIM is parent and community-funded, and 
continues to seek donations of art supplies, toiletries, food and drink, and 
monetary donations as part of its Sponsor-a-Camper program. To learn more about 
this year’s campers, visit the <a 
a Camper page</a> on the AIM website. Camp registration costs $400/week 
for day campers and $800/week for full-time resident campers. Any donation 
amount is graciously accepted at <a 
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<p class="MsoNormal">To partner with AIM to provide job and 
volunteer opportunities to campers and residents, please contact Angela at 
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<p class="MsoNormal">Connect with us:</p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><a 
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<p class="MsoNormal"><em>For more information or to 
schedule an interview please contact: Rebecca Otis at 512-981-5625, <a 
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