My Journey as an Ambassador for Autism –
My name is Nathan Foo and I am a founder of the Voice of Autism organization. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurological disorder that affects normal brain functioning beginning in childhood. This disorder is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. ASD is characterized by difficulties in socialization, communication (both verbal and non-verbal), repetitive behaviors, and sensory disorders. Autism affects each child on varying levels, and no two individuals with Autism have the same symptoms. While Autism can’t be cured, with early intervention it can be managed so they can lead fulfilling independent lives. This intervention gives them the ability to make marked increases in their abilities to communicate and interact socially.
Since seventh grade, I have been extremely fortunate to play a fulfilling role serving the needs of ASD children in my community with the Voice of Autism working closely with The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development. The Parker Foundation was founded by Ted and Melissa Parker to provide a community of understanding and support to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities and their families by funding, planning, and facilitating educational sessions, sports activities, and arts programs.
I give thanks to the help that they have provided with my efforts in helping families with ASD children. Below is a link to their website and social media.
My personal contribution to the foundation’s efforts as a Youth Ambassador is to raise awareness of the importance of inclusivity and bridge the gap between children with ASD, their families, and the world in which we live. Additionally, the marquee event of the Voice of Autism club is our Annual Summer Adaptive Tennis Camp that is free for all ASD children. This camp was financially supported through fundraising efforts from my Voice of Autism club at West Shore Jr/Sr High School. I hope to realize the hidden potential of children with ASD by providing loving support and opportunities to these children and their families in a welcoming, non-competitive environment at my camp.
Speak Through Sports Tennis!
2021 In-person program
This program is designed to offer the ASD child with some prior tennis experience the chance to explore more about the game in a small group setting. Together with Love Serving Autism, The Parker Foundation is thrilled to partner with Racquet Club of Cocoa Beach (RCCB), a USTA Florida managed facility, to bring this program to our families! We plan to meet on Fridays 5-6pm on the clay courts at RCCB so we have our own space within the facilty. Starting February 5th we will meet for the next few Fridays through March 5th (weather make-up day). All CDC safety guidelines followed.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic cancelling many of the recreational sports activities, please check out our “Instructional Videos” tab or by clicking here for a set of at-home drills that can be done in the comfort of your home to improve your game!
Stay Home Stay Safe
As children with Autism process information in many unique ways with one of the most prevalent being through visual aids, this visual story shown below from the National Autism Association uses visual language to help children with Autism understand why their activities have been cancelled as a result of the Corona Virus.
2019 Parker Foundation Autism Adaptive Tennis Camp Welcome to our 2019 Second Annual Parker Foundation Adaptive Youth Tennis Camp for ASD children. This is a continuation from our first 2018 Adaptive Small Group Tennis Camp organized by camp director, Nathan Foo. The 2018 event was the first free offering which offered a one-on-one setting for children with …
2018 The Parker Foundation forAutism Adaptive Tennis Camp Welcome to our 2018 First Annual Parker Foundation Adaptive Youth Tennis Camp for ASD children. After working with most of these children with ASD at the Annual Adaptive Tennis Clinic at the Kiwi Tennis Club during my 7th and 8th grades, I was devastated when this event could not …
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