Saturday, September 02, 2006

Vote for Autism Activist in Volvo Contest

Check out the Volvo for Life Awards and consider voting for Carolyn Gammicchia, a police officer, mother of a child with autism and activist for Americans with disabilities from Shelby Township, Michigan. Your vote online could benefit public safety programs for people with autism.

Carolyn is one of more than 200 citizens from across the United States who are semi-finalists in this contest. All are people deserving of recognition who are doing good works in public safety, quality of life and the environment. The top nine vote-getters in this Internet balloting will win awards ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 to give to the charity of their choice. (The winner selected by a panel of judges also gets to drive a Volvo for life.)

If she wins, Carolyn intends to donate any money she gets to the Autism Society of America, according to her husband Andrew,
"to assist in the development of a national training model for first responders and how to best meet the needs of individuals with Autism." That will greatly benefit the kind of work the Gammicchias have done already through their group the Law Enforcement Awareness Network, also called L.E.A.N. on Us.

You can read more about Carolyn by going to See the U.S. map and click on Michigan, then click on her picture. And vote. The voting lasts until February.

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