Susan J. Moreno, founder and president of MAAP Services, greets Mayor Dave Uran after telling the story of her organization at a golf fundraiser at Youche Country Club. Youche president Craig Slosson and Katie Uran are also pictured. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 20, 2013 12:40PM
On a beautiful Monday afternoon 47 golfers took a swing at helping people who need their help.
Having fun playing on the beautiful grounds of Youche Country Club was a great way for these 47 golfers to help people with Autism. Before they got the golfing started Susan Moreno, CEO and founder of OASIS@MAPP, presented Mayor Dave Uran with a Certificate of Appreciation for his commitment to helping children and adults with Autism. Right after a lunch of burgers and bratwurst on the grill, with homemade potato salad and beans, the presentation was made. While Uran was not playing golf he was there to start the kick-off of the outing.
Craig Slosson, president of the Youche Board of Directors, was very instrumental in getting all of this outing accomplished as were the Youche staff and the rest of the board members.
It was a day of best ball so there was a lot of fun play and not-so-cutthroat as a scratch tournament.
MAAP is totally dependent on donations to be able to get all of their work done for children with Autism and other brain problems that makes coping with day to day living very challenging. MAAP give support and aid to finding the services that families need to be able to understand and cope with the problems.
It is there to help schools learn how to teach these special needs children. MAAP Services will soon be doing business under the new name “The Autism OASIS.”
Moreno said she believes the Crown Point school corporation and its special teachers could help other school districts learn how to bring the most out of the children in their care.
Moreno told Uran about her daughter. “My daughter was diagnosed at age three at UCLA’s neurological facility in California. At that time, she was very frightened of new people and new environments, so she was very withdrawn during testing. They thought she had a low IQ and that she might never be able to live on her own. They recommended placement in a group home that would provide intensive therapy.
“We said absolutely no! No one would take our daughter from us. So, they taught us how to work with her at home, doing behavioral and neurological therapies. They monitored our work. She now has a master’s degree from college, speaks three languages and lives in her own home and works two part-time jobs. She is happy and very involved in the community.
“She first looked me in the eye at age 5 and said ‘love Mama.’ I knew then that she had made a major breakthrough and would make great progress. That is when I promised God that I’d find a way to help other parents who might never experience that moment.
“I knew from having met so many other parents who worked just as hard with their kids as my husband and I did and who knew just as much about therapies as we did, that her breakthrough was part hard work and part miracle Most of my other friends who had kids with autism hadn’t been blessed with that miracle. I just wanted to connect families to sources of help and provide personal encouragement.
“That is our mission at MAAP Services for Autism, soon to be doing business under the new name The Autism OASIS,” said Moreno.
MAAP has information about autism, Asperger syndrome and other spectrum disorders. They help find parent groups, clinics, schools or therapists near you and they are there to help. Call at 662-1311, email email@example.com or stop by their offices at 950 S. Court St., across from the fairgrounds.