Families on the Spectrum is gearing up to host its fifth annual fundraiser, Unmasking Autism. “Choose a mask and wear it well, so your true identity no one can tell!” The gala is raising money to support the work that Families on the Spectrum does throughout the year.

Families on the Spectrum organizes events that are “spectrum friendly” and support families who are raising a child with autism. The gala will feature a fully catered meal by Neal’s Catering that will feature glazed ham and poppy seed chicken with sides. Yum!

There is also a silent auction (including many gift baskets from area businesses as well as pontoon rental from Buzzard Rock and a Kayak Adventure for 2 from Hoopers), music, dancing, and a cash bar. Photographer Jennifer Haines will be on site capturing moments from the evening and Majestic Sounds will provide the soundtrack for the night.

Get Your Tickets!

The gala will be held at Soirees Event Center located at 2069 Irvin Cobb Drive in Paducah. It will be on Saturday, May 19, from 6 -10:30pm. To purchase tickets, please visit Eventbrite.

Individuals can party all night for just $40, and couples are $75. There are only 200 seats available and some of these seats will be reserved for corporate sponsors. If you’re looking to be part of of the fun, you are encouraged to book now!

Families on the Spectrum

We’re fortunate to have a nonprofit organization in the area that help and supports families of those with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Families on the Spectrum is a nonprofit organization based in Paducah that seeks to bring awareness of autism to others, and to unite autism families together to form successfully communities and support systems. They serve a 50-mile radius around the Paducah area. The organization has quarterly meetings every year that serve as support groups for parents.

One in every 110 people suffer from autism – that’s almost four million Americans. ASD is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.

People with ASD don’t look different and they don’t have any physical disabilities associated with the disorder. However, they often communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different.

The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives.

A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately, they are now all called autism spectrum disorder. The spectrum includes autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome.

If you have a family member who has Autism or has been diagnosed with ASD, Families on the Spectrum would like to hear from you. Please visit familiesonthespectrumky.org.