Managing Editor's Note: As many of you know, a large portion of the autism community banded together over the last couple of weeks to support NAA's bid to win $1,000,000 in the Chase giveaway. Many were surprised that the Autism Society of America was silent throughout the campaign, despite repeated attempts to enlist their help to garner a pot of cash to help families with autism through non-controversial programs. Today's Google alert included this story about a local chapter spinning itself off to retain autonomy. Read the full article at PNJ.com:
Autism Pensacola is the new name for the Autism Society of the Panhandle. The change makes it independent of the Autism Society of America, which is reorganizing.
The move ensures money raised locally stays here, said Quint Studer, executive committee president.
"The national group wants more control and decision-making and for the money to be held in the Northeast," he said. "By becoming independent, we control our funds and make decisions on when to support national (causes)..."