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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism2001



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"I feel very fortunate that I heard of xMinds soon after my son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. I attended my first annual forum and was empowered with knowledge, resources and access to a network of parents … I am still learning and finding new ways to help my son through Partnership for Extraordinary Minds." Lisa G., MCPS Parent


Dear xMinds Supporter,

xMinds has had an exciting year! Thanks to supporters and donors like you, our ongoing work is thriving – helping families in Montgomery County Public Schools navigate special education services; hosting expert speakers, an IEP Clinic, and the annual “Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum”; publishing informative newsletters; maintaining a website full of the latest autism resources; and advocating to MCPS concerning systemic problems faced by autistic students and their families.

Highlights from 2017 that we’re most proud of:
  • Our first self-advocate speaker, Joel Carter, talked to a packed crowd of parents and teens eager to hear his perspective on life as an autistic college student
  • Our “Be Safe” event, where 20 autistic teens met with law enforcement officers to learn a vital skill -- how to safely interact with police
  • The launch of a pilot program to train typically-developing students to support their autistic peers while participating in meaningful service learning projects, using the curriculum xMinds created
  • Our feedback assessment where we learned from you, our members, what aspects of our work matter most to you
  • The exciting step of moving into a low-cost, shared office in Silver Spring. Volunteers can now meet there twice a week to collaborate on xMinds projects.
To maintain our current programming and continue to advocate for autistic students in Montgomery County we need your support! This year we’re fortunate to be the recipients of three generous matching grants from board members and the Mizrahi Family Foundation. Every donation that you make to xMinds before December 31, 2017 will be matched dollar for dollar – up to $3,500!

As you consider your donation, please know what your gift makes possible:
$     40 – Provides an annual membership for one scholarship family
$   100 – Pays for the venue rental for one speaker event (we host 10/year)
$   300 – Pays for educational DVDs given to participants in our “Be Safe” program
$1,000 – Covers the costs to host the annual “Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum”


xMinds depends on donations from our members and supporters. You make our work possible. Please donate today!

Thank you for your commitment to our vital mission!

Monica Martinez, President





You can also mail a check payable to Partnership for Extraordinary Minds to 5004 Wickett Terrace, Bethesda, MD 20814.  
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Partnership for Extraordinary Minds Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) registered in the state of Maryland. A copy of our 1023 IRS filing is available upon request by sending an email to info@xminds.org or by sending a written request to Partnership for Extraordinary Minds, 5004 Wickett Terrace, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage.

              



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