April is designated as Autism Awareness Month with Autism Speaks asking that everyone wear blue on April 2nd to honor and celebrate those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Palm Beach County community answered the call with governmental agencies,
businesses, local universities, and even bridges participating in the Light It Up Blue(#LIUB) initiative; illuminating their structures with blue lighting to raise awareness for the cause.
The Steinger, Iscoe, & Greene family also did their part to move forward the #LIUB campaign by wearing blue to the office on April 2, 2015. The team sees this as a way to raise awareness on the local level, but also to contribute to the efforts of Christina McDonald, one of their own, whose six-year old son Lawson, was diagnosed with ASD a few years ago.
Since Lawson’s diagnosis, McDonald has become a passionate advocate for the cause, served as a Parent Advocate on the committee for this year’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks, organized a group named for her son, Team Lawson, for the walk held earlier this year, and raised in excess of $7,000 for the Autism Speaks with the help of her colleagues.
Her advocacy extends to activism as in late December McDonald was invited to attend a press conference with Congresswoman Lois Frankel and Congressman Ted Deutch in a roundtable discussion surrounding the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. This act, signed into law on December 19, 2014, allows for tax-exempt savings for disability-related expenses. These accounts will help those with ASD and their families to save for medical, housing, and transportation expenses related to their diagnosis.
By participating in the Light It Up Blue awareness campaign, Steinger, Iscoe, & Greene hopes to continue to positively impact those who live with Autism each day. As awareness is heightened, the desire to help will be impacted. Monies raised aid in advancing research and assisting with grants to families to tend to their loved ones’ day-to-day needs.
Community means more to the Steinger, Iscoe, & Greene family than just operating a business. It is our duty to extend a hand, wherever possible, within the communities in which we operate. When asked about her advocacy, McDonald says she participates “…for the families who have sacrificed everything to pay for their child’s therapies; for the families who struggle to keep it together.”
Our mission is to help those who are suffering – whether by advocating inside of the courtroom, through a walk for a worthwhile cause, or participating in an awareness event. This month, we are dedicating our efforts to Autism. So many are affected and there is so much to be done. We encourage you, our community, our neighbors, to extend a hand and get involved in Autism outreach this month. Together, we can make a difference.