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SADI is hosting our 4th annual GAPS autism walk on Saturday, October 5, 2013. This year’s theme is "Wild About Autism"! There will be lots of fun activities to bring out the artist in your child. Come and join us for a morning of games, food, storytelling, music and art projects. Make plans to form a team and participate in the walk. All proceeds will help fund the GAPS program in 2014.

GAPS (Giving Autistics’ Parents Support) is a program designed to provide financial stipends, case management, and support to local families raising children who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

Since 2010, the GAPS program has assisted families with purchasing items or services that help meet the specific needs of each child such as:

                Swimming Lessons

                Occupational Therapy

                Speech Therapy

                Weighted Body Suits

                Mini In-Door Trampolines

                Equestrian Therapy

                Gluten-Free Foods

                iPad Autism Apps

      Safety Alarms for home

                Safety Devices for the child


Current statistics state 1 in 88 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Chances are, you know a family who has a child with autism but you may not be aware of the hardships they face. It is our duty as a community to support and encourage these families as their children grow and develop. These children are an important part of our future. SADI invites you to form a team and come walk on October 5th to show your support for area families.

  What: GAPS Autism Walk

  When: October 5, 2012

   9:00 a.m. to noon

  Where: Parking Lot at SADI IL Center:  755 South Kingshighway Cape Girardeau

*In case of rain, the walk will be moved inside

For more information about the walk or to register a team, contact Stephanie at (5730 651-6464 ext. 235 or by


Coming Soon: SADI will be offering Sibshops for siblings of children with autism. More information will be coming soon!

If you would like more information on the GAPS program, or would like to donate on behalf of someone you know, please contact SADI in Cape at (573) 651-6464 or in Charleston (573)683-6464. Our toll free number is 1-800-898-7234. You can also email your questions to or All requests will be considered and assistance will be based on the amount of funds available.

SADI's GAPS program was created in 2010 to assist families struggling with the day to day problems of raising a special needs child. 

When a child is diagnosed with autism, everything changes for the family. Their world becomes a whirlwind of doctor visits, therapist visits, assessments and appointments with various agencies. It's not uncommon for one parent to have to quit work and stay home to keep the child on their structured schedule of appointments. Since insurance companies do not cover most medical costs associated with autism, a lot of families begin to experience financial hardships. SADI wants to help fill in the gaps for these families.
  GAPS provides parent support; financial assistance for therapy, equipment, or household necessities; and social activities.