A Better Life for Those with Autism. That’s What Drives Us.
IMPACT Autism™ seeks to do something bold and remarkable: Change the world for people living with autism. How? Through life management solutions that help overcome the educational, emotional and social challenges of autism through each life stage.
Our driving vision of the future is to build communities where every child and adult with autism can be an enriched, engaged, healthy and productive citizen in a safe vibrant environment.
Our Challenges are Unique. Thankfully, So are Our Leaders.
IMPACT Autism™ is fortunate to have a truly remarkable group of people leading and guiding it. Each is well-versed in autism and the challenges it presents to the people with the condition and those who love and care for them. As you’ll see, there’s an abundance of enthusiasm and expertise across a range of expert areas, such as change management and the strategic use of technology. What could be more perfect for a group seeking to alter the status quo through fresh solutions?
Diana O’Brien, Founder
Paul Kitzmiller, President
Jim Sowar, Vice President
Debbie Burgess, Secretary
Lynn Mayfield, Board Member
Christie Carnahan, Board Member
Dennis Rogers, Board Member
Cindy Molloy, Board Member
We've Come A Long Way. And, Yet We've Just Begun
IMPACT Autism traces its origins to a fundraising event that started as a kitchen table initiative and became an annual golf tournament, the Mayfield Classic. The event was organized by the family and friends of Diana and David O’Brien, parents of triplets with autism. In its first year, 1999, the Mayfield Classic raised $10,000. In 2006, they decided to establish IMPACT Autism with a mission to divide funds raised by the tournament among autism organizations in Greater Cincinnati. In particular, they wanted to grant funds to organizations that would have the mostimmediate impact on families living with this disorder. IMPACT Autism has donated over $2 million dollars. In 2009, IMPACT Autism expanded its vision to focus on finding solutions including technology, housing and employment.
The O'Brien triplets are now young adults.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate, respond to surroundings, or form relationships with others. First identified more than 50 years ago, autism is now typically diagnosed by the age of two or three. Autism knows no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. Few disorders are more devastating to a child or his or her family. While some people with autism are only mildly affected, most with the condition will require lifelong care and will have significant language impairments. Sadly, many children with autism will never be able to tell their parents they love them.