Lakes Area Autism Network will hold a "Run for Autism" 5K and 1 mile event on November 4, 2017 at Wawasee High School. Our goal is to bring about awareness and support for families and individuals touched by autism spectrum disorders.This annual event has raised funds that have allowed us to contribute in the following ways: Grant Funds: For the last two years, we have been able to award grants totaling $7500. The grants are allowing families and professionals to purchase needed supplies, supports and equipment, attend training events and access other resources as they strive to improve the life of an individual with autism. We plan to continue offering these grants. Annual Training Event: In March of the last two years, we have been able to present an all-day training in our community for parents, professionals, and other community members. We plan to have another event in March of 2018. Sensory Friendly Movies: In April of the last two years, LAAN and the North Pointe Cinema have hosted a free sensory friendly movie for our families. We hope to have several more events this year. Project SEARCH: LAAN is working with local schools and businesses to explore the opportunity for implementing a job training program for young adults on the spectrum in our community.