Our mission is to create community, to educate, to promote awareness and understanding of autism and its challenges and gifts.

Our Vision is to:

•Connect people who care with those that have needs

•Provide information and resources where none exist

•Support existing or proposed programs, services, and events

•Raise funds and promote awareness

•Promote understanding through education and training

In 2011 an all men team competed in RAAM. A 3,000 mile non-stop race in 6 days 9 hours and 28 minutes. More importantly the team raised more than $25,000 above the cost of the race for autism. The majority of that money was resourced for Sandpoint to help local autism organizations improve the quality of life of families living with autism.

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In 2012 Team Laughing Dog Racing for Autism competed in the Race Across America. It was a women’s team competing in the women’s open division. The Team’s goal was to build on the success of the 2011. The 2012 team consisted of Sandpoint locals Gina Pucci, Julie Nye, Arlene Cook and Kathi Crane.

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For both years, it was the outpouring of support from individuals, businesses, and the larger community that enabled these two teams to complete the race. In the process, both teams raised significant awareness and resources for autism. Out of these tremendous experiences was born the creation of Team Autism 24/7.

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that affects, in different forms and to varying degrees, a person’s ability to communicate, respond to sensory input, regulate behavior and socially interact.

Autism is a 24/7 challenge for many people who must deal with it.

Autism varies in severity of symptoms, age of onset and association with other disorders. Manifestations range from individuals who are simply disassociated with their environment and those around them, to people with little or no spoken language and severe developmental delays, to people who will remain dependent upon 24/7 care for their entire lives. There are multiple combinations of possible symptoms. No single “typical ‘ behavior is present in every individual with autism.
-Sensitivity to sounds, smells, sights, tastes, touch, and movement
-Repetitive motor movements
-Need routines and rituals
-Preoccupied in focus and intensity
-Repetitive motor movements

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