Metropolitan Fashion Week and Autism Speaks presets En Blue 2016 Fashion Gala. This evening is to honor the 70 million affected by autism world-wide. The evening filled with glamour, honor, and autism awareness.
Meet Kara Ann, nonverbal autistic, 25% of those on the autism spectrum are nonverbal. She loves Katy Perry, her baby doll, Final Four basketball, and eating. She is the adventurer of the family. This is a look into her world
this video created by her father. He filmed her afternoon activities about 6 years ago. Here family provides exceptional care and love for her daily needs, but the needs will be for the rest of her life.
There is a lifetime need for many families. This support comes through contributions from donors, volunteers, events like this, and corporations. Autism Speaks in Southern California works with the community by providing kits, family services, and leading medical centers.
Autism, a complex developmental disorder from genetic and environmental influences. One in 68 children. The evening raises funds towards family help, research, and advocacy.
This evening Metropolitan Fashion Week produces an evening with Autism Speaks to honor Harry Topping Jr., Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at City National bank, and Steven Grossman, Talent Manager and Producer at Untitled Entertainment. Topping is honored with the Advocate of The Year. He started the golf tournament, Topping Brothers benefiting autism, after his three son autism diagnosis. Steven Grossman a firm believer his voice, platform, and relationships will strength the awareness and response. He is began working with Autism Speaks after his son’s diagnosis in 2013.
Jeannie Mai, television personality, introduces Steven Grossman. She states, “I will never forget New York Fashion Week FW 2013. This is the time when Steven got the news that his son, Graydon, has autism. The challenges for this family included finances, energy, lack of understanding from society, and understanding special needs. Steven posted this news on social media on July 20, 2013. He exposed one of the most challenging roles of a parent’s life. He did not want his family to feel isolated, unsupported or alone. He recognizes that if we all had a little more sympathy and understanding for families we can create a more harmonious future for our kids. A man who puts his wife and kids first.” Grossman provides awareness with conversation and continued support of Autism Speaks.
Grossman discusses the lessons his family learned from Graydon and his diagnosis. He states, “first be kind to each other. 1 in 42 boys does not mean anything to you if your life isn’t profoundly affected. Lesson two I don’t really know what normal or traditional means anymore in our society. In my family we’ve started living with greater awareness of all things we take for granted. With my son we’ve learned to appreciate simple milestones like his willingness to wear his winter coat without a fight. Lesson three I feel compelled to tell you I’m not even the real hero. Those people are the folks from this charity, the doctors, the ABA and OT therapists, like Jane, Nay, and Amanda that work over 40 hours a week with children like my son. As I told Matt Asner, when he asked me to accept this award, personally didn’t think I did enough yet to deserve it. We went back and forth a bit about it, but I finally agreed that I would earn it. I will graciously and humbly accept this award on your behalf. I will continue to earn it.”
Graydon enjoyed the evening and told reporters about his dinosaurs. As the evening came to a close. He enjoyed the blue runway playing with his dinosaurs with his mother by his side.
The evening filled with exceptional fashion on the blue runway. Designers include Guess Kids, David Tupaz, Delia MacPhee, Sivalia Couture, and Ron Tomson. Many designers present designs in blue, the Autism awareness color. Hosts for the evening Molly Sims, and Kevin Frazier.
The ability to be kind and understanding will help those families, children, and many on the autism spectrum have acceptance and compassion.
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