Nassau, Bahamas: Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited along with the community helped to raise awareness for Autism Awareness Month through a Penny Drive during the month of April.
R.E.A.C.H. (Resources and Education for AUTISM and Related Challenges) was founded in 1998 as a voluntary support and advocacy group for persons and their families who are challenged by autism or related disorders. Autism is a lifelong, complex, neurobiological disorder, which is characterised by varying degrees of communication, socialisation and behaviour impairments. Autism affects one in every 68 children, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. And according to R.E.A.C.H., it is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the Bahamas. It occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, but is almost five times more common among boys than among girls.
Among the challenges faced by the organization is the lack of services afforded to persons with autism, including early diagnosis, speech & occupational therapy, finding appropriate education, vocational training, job opportunities, respite care, and sheltered living facilities. R.E.A.C.H. has made great strides in addressing this issue through public awareness, advocacy programs and fundraising activities.
Fidelity Bank facilitated the penny drive to benefit REACH, where persons were able to donate to assist the organization in its efforts. Fidelity then matched the donations received. Ms. Tangela Albury, Fidelity Bank’s Chief Compliance & Control Officer and Donations Committee Chair presented the donation.
“We are so glad that corporate citizens like Fidelity Bank are partnering with us to assist children and adults with Autism and related disabilities,” says Mr. Dwayne Gibson, Chairman of the Board, R.E.A.C.H. “With the escalating number of children being diagnosed across the country, more has to be done to create the best scenario for them.”
For more information about R.E.A.C.H. please visit the Dewgard Plaza, Bradley Street, Palmdale or call: 328-4123