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Houston Texans Star Players Ahman Green and Matt Schaub Help Easter Seals, Avondale House and Local Families 'Tackle Autism'
Date:9/7/2007

HOUSTON, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Two professional football players, running back Ahman Green and quarterback Matt Schaub, will announce during a press conference scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2007 that they are teaming with Easter Seals and Avondale House to launch the new Houston Tackles Autism campaign. The city of Houston has welcomed both marquee players with open arms and Green and Schaub would like to give back to the community by raising $1 million to help local children and families living with autism.

"I look forward to working with the Houston Community, Easter Seals and Avondale House to make sure that we are a winner in this battle against autism," said Green.

Help for Houston Families Today

Many Houston families are forced to wait nearly a year to receive an autism diagnosis for their child. Without an autism diagnosis, children miss out on the critical benefits of receiving the earliest treatment possible and placement in special early childhood programs that address a child's medical, physical, behavioral, sensory, nutritional, communication, and developmental needs.

While there's still no known cause or cure, autism is treatable. People with autism can and do live meaningful lives. That's where Easter Seals and Avondale House come in.

The Game Plan

As the leading provider of services for children and adults with autism in the country, Easter Seals is partnering with Avondale House, a 30-year Houston organization, to increase the autism services available for children in the Houston area. The two organizations will work together to assist families in providing access to an accurate and earlier diagnosis, as well as recommendations for appropriate treatment and available community services. From proceeds raised through Houston Tackles Autism, Easter Seals and Avondale House will help hundreds of Houston area children and families living with autism.

Join the Team

This football season, Green and Schaub will help raise awareness and funds for the new campaign, with the ultimate goal of raising $1 million for children and adults with autism.

"We are going to need the Houston community's total support to achieve our goals both in terms of winning games and raising money to help people impacted by autism," said Schaub.

The following Houston-based businesses have already joined the team: CBS Radio, Group 1 Automotive Inc., Houston Texans, Papa John's, Reliant Energy, Randall's, Silver Eagle Distributors, and Verizon Wireless.

Go to http://www.houstontacklesautism.com to find out more information, learn about services and make a donation.

About Easter Seals

Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. For more than 85 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Support children and adults with disabilities at http://www.easterseals.com.

About Avondale House

Avondale House is a non-profit agency founded in 1976 by parents of children with autism to provide educational, residential, respite, and family support services to families and to children with autism. Since 1976, the agency has grown from one group home providing weekend respite services to an agency that provides an array of services, including educational, residential, and day habilitation programs, to children and young adults severely affected by autism. By providing individualized programs for each person served, Avondale House assists their students and young adults in developing the skills necessary to more successfully integrate into their families and their communities. At Avondale House, the students major in small miracles. For more information visit http://www.avondalehouse.org.


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