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Friends of Autistic People Receives Grant; Launches Fundraising Campaign

Friends of Autistic People (FAP) was recently awarded a grant for $5,000 from Autism Speaks in support of its Music Therapy Program. FAP received the award on the occasion of Autism Speaks’ annual Walk-a-Thon, with founder and president of the organization Brita Darany von Regensburg there to receive it on behalf of FAP. Since music therapy typically costs $4,000 a year per individual, the grant will only enable FAP to fund a little over one child or adult with autism so FAP has now launched a fundraiser to reach a goal of $8,000 total to fund two children or adults with autism from financially struggling families. 

As she received the grant and Friends of Autistic People was recognized for their work, Darany von Regensburg spoke about FAP’s mission and explained what the grant would be used for as well as how it would impact the lives of the children and adults they serve.

FAP assists financially challenged families whose children would more likely be able to reach developmental milestones through music therapy intervention. So far, Friends of Autistic People has helped 10 children and adults with profound autism in a span of two years through music therapy. It heralds one of the major programs at FAP’s future Community of Homesteads.

For more information about FAP, visit AutisticAdults.com. Donations can be made on that site or at Crowdrise.com/Britas. 

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