The HEAL Foundation, a local non-profit organization serving individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders, has been a generous sponsor of The Cummer’s annual VSA Festival since 2008 and began underwriting scholarships for children with autism to attend Camp Cummer in 2011. This past year, the VSA Festival reached over 700 children with autism, as well as their families, and ten HEAL Foundation scholarships have been underwritten for this summer’s Camp Cummer.
Leslie Weed, co-founder of the HEAL Foundation, said the following after last month’s VSA Festival, “A child with disabilities has many limitations with very few opportunities outside the home. Arriving at The Cummer Museum, the children are greeted with music, laughter and a host of people delighted to see them. The students enjoy a day of meandering through the Museum and Gardens, creating with different mediums of art, surrounded by masterpieces. Art plays an important role in the lives of these children, and the VSA Festival is often their first experience creating art in such a magnificent setting.”
The Cummer is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with the HEAL Foundation to make a difference in our local Autism Community.