Autism Society of the Keys Delivers Sensory Boxes to First Responders
April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Society of the Keys (ASK), Founder and Executive Director, Jill Campbell visited Fire Station 20 in Islamorada to deliver three sensory boxes, one for each Islamorada Fire Station, and to bring autism awareness to the crew.
The sensory boxes have different types of toys that are specifically designed to help children with autism, however they can be used for any child. ASK has made it their mission to provide these boxes to all of our local police and fire departments throughout the entire Florida Keys.
Jill explained the signs of autism and characteristics a child might have and different ways to help them calm down in an emergency. Jill shared that ASK believes that early intervention is key for children and that treatment can dramatically improve and even help children recover. Autism Society was created in 2009 when Jill’s own son was diagnosed. Since then, the 501c3 organization has worked with hundreds of families as well as professionals to help improve the lives of families here in the Keys.
ASK offers monthly support meetings both in person or by zoom and provides financial assistance for families to help support therapy, swim lessons, car seats, iPads and devices and many other items a family may need. Questions regarding Autism Awareness, the support services offered or making a donation can be directed to Jill Campbell at 305-942-5172 or by email to AutismSocietyoftheKeys@gmail.com.
Pictured: Assistant Fire Chief Jason Lyman, Autism Society of the Keys Director Jill Campbell,
Firefighter/ Paramedic Steve Pollock, Autism Society of the Keys Volunteer Hope Haley,
Firefighter/ Paramedic Wesley Berry, Captain Robert Young