Project iAm was developed initially for a fundraiser, Acoustics for Autism, in order to distribute money and establish scholarships with provider’s of care in the Toledo area. Our main focus is to provide support and information, resources, and financial assistance to families affected by autism. Because there are so many schools of thought on the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder, we encourage families to “test the waters” and find the right fit for their child. We aim to help families speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments.
We are NOT affiliated with any one particular group, nor do we promote one kind of treatment or education over another. We firmly believe that each child’s individual needs dictate which source of treatment best suits their disorder. Project iAm is not associated with any other local or national societies and is strictly a charity whose primary function is to raise money for families so they can continue to get their children the care they deserve. Our hope is that parents will get their children diagnosed early so they can begin living the fullest life they can.
Project iAm is 100% volunteer based; all of our raised funds, after standard operating expenses, goes directly into our scholarship fund and is distributed periodically throughout the year. Project iAm is a 501(c)(3), not for profit organization.
Parents of Children living with Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Go check out Project iAm’s new page for YOU! A place for you to share stories, ask questions of one another, give helpful hints and tips that helped your family, and just to lean on one another. This is purely a forum for YOU! A place for you to share your frustrations and triumphs! Go Like it and start sharing today! www.facebook.com/ParentsOfProjectIam
How it all began:
Sometime in the Fall of 2007, over some much needed cocktails at Doc Watson’s, Nicole Khoury and Dave Carpenter talked over how cool the name “Acoustics for Autism” was for a musical benefit. It was left at that.
In January of 2008, Nicole brought the idea to life and began planning what was supposed to be a small benefit for a cause that was dear to her heart. Seeing the struggles of close friends with the financial burdens of having a child with Autism, Acoustics for Autism was born.
On March 9, 2008, an overwhelming crowd showed up to The Village Idiot in Maumee, Ohio for the premier event of Project iAm. This first benefit raised nearly $10,000. Project iAm donated all of the funds to the various providers that helped make the event possible and was allowed to designate funds to children specifically so their families could get them the treatment they needed for this disorder. Project iAm was born.