5th Annual AWorks Dinner of Hope

The intention of our event is to raise awareness about the need for employment of adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism and to raise funds to enable us to help as many people as possible.

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About This Year’s Event

Background

This year we are celebrating Asperger Works’ 9th Anniversary with a fundraising event designed to celebrate the successes of the past year and to inform attendees of the continued challenges of our clients and of our organization. But above all, it is a time to applaud people and organizations that make major contributions to our community and to Asperger Works. Each year, we award three awards: the Bryan Noble Award, which recognizes an individual for their strong advocacy on behalf of the disabled community of Massachusetts; the Asperger Works Award, which recognizes an individual for their staunch advocacy work on behalf of the Autistic community, and indeed the entire disabled community; and the Community Service Award that recognizes a local organization for its work on behalf of the disabled community.

But, beside all the seriousness, we also have a lot of fun. Stephanie Beach of Stephanie Beach Magic entertains the young and the young at heart with her wonderful comedy and magic. Flash Drive, a Haverhill band, provides music for both those who just want to listen and those who want to dance. Tim Coco, the executive director of Haverhill’s own radio station, WHAV, is our master of ceremonies. And we cannot forget about the raffles and the ever-popular silent auction.

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Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It is the mildest form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with most Aspies having average or above average IQs. It differs from other ASDs in that most Aspies have relatively normal language skills and intelligence. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and unusual use of language may also be common. For boys, signs usually begin before the age of two. Diagnosing girls is much more difficult since girls tend to be very social at an early age. It is not until their preteen years that it may be noticed that something was amiss. There is no cure for Asperger’s and it lasts for a person’s entire life.

It is important to note that no two Aspies are the same, making diagnosis difficult. Some have spatial deficits often manifested by invading another person’s space. Some have heightened sensitivity and become over-stimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes, smells, or textures.

On the plus side, adults with Asperger’s have the tendency to pay close attention to detail and to focus on their interests that can result in success in higher education and careers (if given the chance). Although Aspies are often associated with careers in technology, there are a number of historical and current popular figures who are Aspergians or are thought to have had Asperger’s.

Asperger Works Connection – Although the people above prove that those with AS could live successful lives, a large percentage are not so lucky. According to the latest report from the CDC, 80 to 90 percent of adults with Asperger’s are either unemployed or under-employed and are unable to support themselves. They rely on their families and the state for their livelihood. It is for this reason that, Daniel Rajczyk, our president and executive director, founded Asperger Works, whose mission is two-fold:  to educate employers about the positive side of hiring people with AS and to help adult Aspergians lead productive lives through gainful employment.

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The 2020-21 Annual AWorks Dinner

The intention of our event is to raise awareness about the need for employment of adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism and to raise funds to enable us to help as many people as possible.

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Event Info

Date

April 17, 2021

Location

Galleria Banquet Room at Maria’s
85 Essex Street
Haverhill, MA 01832

Time
7:00pm – 11:00pm

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