'Tis the Season of Love, Laughter, & Giving
Logan's Run
We're so proud our campers, clients, and friends- and you should be, too! Each and every one of them have a light inside of them that they share with others in their own unique way. Last month, one of our veteran campers, Logan Slipow, turned his own passion into a community outreach project. Logan has always been a busy guy whose favorite thing in the world is traveling; by car, bike, boat, or plane -sometimes across town, sometimes across the country. Why not channel Logan's passion for being on the move into something that will benefit the less-fortunate, right? Well, that's just what he did.

In an effort to keep the local food pantries stocked for the holidays, Logan spent his November Sunday mornings riding with his family from Croatan to 86th street, collecting a total of 178 pounds of food. All of the goods were graciously accepted by the Lem Bowden Memorial Food Closet on Laskin Road. A huge thanks to all of the neighbors who contributed, as well as all of you who helped advertise Logan's Run by "liking," "sharing," and forwarding the emails.

 Karen Shartle

What is one of the most important components of transforming a new FACT program from dream to reality?  Our volunteers! We are asking a lot when we request that these people commit their time and talents to work with individuals with autism. Quite frankly, it can be challenging working with this population. When Karen Shartle replied to a call-out for a coach to teach a 6-week volleyball league for students with autism, we had no idea she would be THIS good.

Although a proficient player and coach, Karen had never worked with a special needs population. However this is a woman who truly leans into life. She knew her teaching style would need to vary from what she was used to. After each session, she met with staff and volunteers for feedback and suggestions. Collaboration and compassion quickly resulted into a tailor-made volleyball league for athletes with autism, complete with excellent sportsmanship, team work, and positive attitudes. FACT Volleyball League was a tremendous success, and FACT commends Karen for making it so.

...and a toy in their hands. 
Sure, the holidays aren't about toys; but when you're a kid...it certainly doesn't hurt. During our Holiday Family Celebration this month (Dec. 10th), FACT will  be participating in a 
special toy drive for a special population. If you are able, please bring t oys and items that promote verbal expression, visual motor planning, and calming sensory integration. Thank you to our dear partners,t he Autism Society of Tidewater , for hosting such an extraordinary cause.

Winter CGWGA time!
We have the campers, we have the campus, we have the bus, and we have the field trips booked. Now all we need is YOU!
Tuesday, December 27th- Friday, December 30th
iCan Bike, Can You?
The iCan Shine Program helps students with disabilities learn to ride independently in just 5 consecutive 75-minute sessions. Yes, only 5 DAYS! Please consider being a part of the miracle-making by donating a few hours of your time this holiday season.
Sessions last 75 minutes per day from:
Tuesday, December 27th- Saturday, December 31st

FACT, along with partners, Autism Society of Tidewater, will be joyfully hosting our Holiday Family Celebration on Saturday, December 10th at the Friends School Gym. There will be games, face painting, crafts, inflatables,
a toy drive (see information above), photos with Santa, & more! As always, entry is free, but please bring a non-perishable food item for local shelters.
Date: 12/10/16
Time: 12pm-2pm
Location: Friends School Gym
1537 Laskin Rd
Va Beach, VA 23451

For all of you fellow "Type A's" out there who are ready to think about January, we have great news: more sports leagues are coming in January! This year's winter sports leagues will be
 Gonnawannbowlagin' & Gonnawannagoalagin' 
bowling and soccer), begin January 21st and January 22nd. Dates and details for each league can be found on the registration pages. Registration will open on December 12th, just follow the link below.
Families of Autistic Children in Tidewater