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  • 3988 Amherst Ave NW, Massillon OH 44646
  • joe_golfforeautism@yahoo.com

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Donations

Donations are a vitally important and greatly appreciated piece of the Fore Autism cause. All donations support the awareness and education of autism.




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Events

Golfing

Fore Autism regularly hosts golf outings. Be sure to register early as they fill up very quickly.

Bowling

We are currently looking into hosting bowling outings to help raise awareness. Feel free to contact us and let us know what you think.

Blick Clinic

Fundraiser Dinner

There will soon be fundraising dinners hosted by Fore Autism.

Casino Nights

Fore Autism will be hosting Casino Nights in the near future.



Our Story

EVERY FAMILY WHO LIVES WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER HAS A DIFFERENT STORY.

THIS IS OURS

Every pregnancy is different, but being pregnant with Hayden was the total opposite of being pregnant with his older brother Bryan. I gained more weight, had severe heartburn, but more noticeably was Hayden moved all the time. It seemed like he never slept. That was the first clue.

When Hayden was born the first thing the nurses noticed was his strength. “You have a very strong baby boy” they said (clue number two). Joe and I also noticed how different he was from Bryan. Bryan loved to be swaddled tight and slept perfectly on his back, and he loved his binky. Hayden was different. He never liked the binky; he spit it out constantly. He hated to be bundled real tight, and he could not sleep on his back. He had to be on his side or his tummy. He also slept better when he was in motion, such as in a glider or swing. He also cried all the time (more clues perhaps).

As he got older more odd things began to happen. He would stiffen his legs when we tried to change his diaper (sometimes he would squirm so much we couldn’t change it until he calmed down). His speech was different. Not the typical “baby talk” with words thrown in; it was complete gibberish. He would wake up in the middle of the night and speak his gibberish for hours. He walked before he was a year old but would only walk on his tippy toes. And then there was the waving of objects in front of his face, so much so and so close that he would go cross-eyed. He was also becoming more fussy- getting upset over silly things. He had to turn on/off all lights, had to press all buttons. He also loved to be alone for hours (more clues still).

But the most difficult thing to see was the lack of fear, lack of empathy. Things would upset either Joe of myself; Bryan would console us, say I love you or give us hugs. Hayden would just sit there and stare off into space, not having a care in the world. He would wander off in our yard. Try to run into the road. He didn’t realize the dangers in that no matter how hard we tried to tell him.

Then someone mentioned that word- AUTISM. And I thought to myself “no he’s not autistic. I’ve seen others with autism. They don’t look you in the eye. They’re not affectionate.” But then you start putting all these weird pieces together, but they don’t quite fit right, which lead us to remember the phrase: “if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”

We are fortunate in that Hayden has “high functioning autism.” His speech improves every day. He’s affectionate. He’s brilliant in that he knows all his letters, numbers, and colors. He loves school. He loves hugs. He loves kisses. We are unfortunate in that Hayden has “high functioning autism.” He knows no fear. He tends to wander a lot. He has yet to speak a complete sentence at 5 (everything is either a one word command or repetitive speech). He has broken items in our home that are difficult to replace (the stove, iPad, computer, VCR, DVD players, a television set). He cannot communicate when he’s hot or cold, sick, or hurt. With his autism comes a bit of OCD and hyperactivity, in which if he wakes up at 2:00 in the morning, he’s up for the rest of the day. He somewhat has potty training down, but it may still take years. He may be in school until he’s 21. He may live with us for the rest of our lives.

The nurse at the hospital (when I was about to give birth to Bryan) asked me what my biggest fear was and I said “having a child with autism. Because it’s not physical. It’s not something you can see and thus can fix.” And I didn’t know how I would handle having a child with a disorder that I couldn’t “see.” And little did I know that 1 year and 8 months later that was to happen.

But Joe and I are “handling” Hayden the best we can. He’s in a really good school that caters to children with autism. He teaches us to be patient every day (some days are harder than others). If Hayden stays with us for life, then he stays with us for life. We are prepared for that. But there are fears of what will happen to him when we are gone. So that is why we want to spread awareness about autism. It’s not some horrific disease caused by vaccinations. In our case we are managing the best way we know how. It will be a struggle for the rest of our lives. But we wouldn’t want Hayden any other way.

Hayden, has inspired us to create a 501(c)3 non profit Charity. On April 25,2015 (during autism awareness month) we will be hosting or inaugural “Golf Fore Autism” outing to be held at the Lyons Den Golf Course in Canal Fulton, Ohio. Using golf as a tool we believe we can educate as well as do our part in making a difference.


Upcoming Events

Below are all of the most recent announcements for Golf Fore Autism. Please visit frequently to stay current.

  • This was a very well put together outing. I especially liked the Autism facts that were posted at each tee box. I will support this outing every year.

    -Mayor Jack Thomas

  • The level of passion that the volunteers have about autism awareness is infectious. I look forward to this event and seeing everyone again.

    -Andrew Thomas

  • This was a fun, well run event for a great cause. I'm Looking forward to participating in it for many years.

    -Jason Casto

  • Information everywhere you looked on the Autism Spectrum. It was cool to play along side of a professional Football player too!

    -Dave Hartline

  • Always a great time for an even better cause!

    -Sam Brown

  • Fore Autism put on a wonderful event at Lyons Den. My wife and I will certainly be back next year.

    -Michael Stonkus, CEO FuseLinx

About Us

Fore Autism is a non profit established in November, 2014 with a specific focus on helping fund education for all those affected by ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) within the geographical region of Northeast Ohio.


ForeAutism

Our Idea

Using sports as a tool, we can bring the community together in fellowship to unite in the cause of Autism. While doing this, we also generate a better understanding of awareness to Autism (ASD). We reach out to specific organizations one time a year with the purpose of creating scholarships for the financially disadvantaged families so that they may have an opportunity to provide much needed education for there loved one suffering from ASD.

  • Knowledge is our most important tool for helping those with Autism.
  • Awareness will lead to knowledge.
  • Public events bring awareness by way of a memorable event.


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