The Mission of the Joey Lowenstein Foundation includes providing resources to help the many people who have autism find their own bridge to communicating who they are and what they want to do with their own gifts. The five focus areas in carrying out the Foundation’s mission are Athletics, Nutrition, Self-Development, RPM training of teachers and students, and Seizure Research.They comprise the elements of the acronym “ANSRS” ℠. Some of these focus areas are important because they embody the bridge within JL Foundation’s Mission. Others embody the gifts that can be unleashed once that bridge is crossed. Once those with autism can use a bridge to communicate, the JL Foundation can help them to live out active and healthy lives utilizing their own unique gifts and interests.
Joey Lowenstein was able to enjoy his talent for snowboarding long before he found his own bridge for communication through RPM. For that reason, among others, the Foundation seeks to enable those with autism to pursue and enjoy their many gifts and talents even as they strive to find their own voice. Both Joey and his mother Roberta believe that the strength and confidence Joey obtained by following challenging physical activities fueled his pursuit of a way to communicate. Because each individual with autism faces challenges unique to him or her, the Foundation anticipates that providing resources in these five focus areas will help a wide spectrum of individuals.
The JL Foundation’s generous donors make it possible to make a huge impact with every dollar. Here are some examples:
- A $750 donation can send a teacher or parent for 4 days of RPM training (link to RPM page) in Austin TX with the foremost authority on the method, Soma Mukhopadhyay (does not include hotel, meals or airfare).
- A $1,000 donation can pay for an autistic child or young adult to have 6 RPM lessons (link to RPM page) with a Senior RPM therapist.
- An $1,800 donation can pay for an autistic child or young adult to have 4 RPM lessons with Soma.
- A donation of $2,200 can pay for Extreme Sports Camp for 6 days for an autistic summer camper in Aspen.
- A $2,000 donation can pay for Extreme Sports Camp for five days of ski/snowboard instruction from 9 am to 3 pm, including tickets and equipment rental (excludes airfare)
- A $750 donation can make it possible for one autistic person to learn Transcendental Meditation (link to Self-Dev page) with the David Lynch Foundation.
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