Eden Dreams of Bossa Nova raises over $230,000 to support individuals with autism

This year’s gala, Eden Drams of Bossa Nova, raised over $230,000 to help support Eden’s programs for children, adults, and families.

While guests enjoyed dining and dancing, the highlight of the evening was the premiere of a video highlighting Eden’s speech and language department. Attendees learned how our speech and language therapists work with individuals and their families to expand individuals’ ability to communicate, and the opportunities this presents for children and adults with autism to gain independence.

Whether the individual utilizes their device, holds up a picture, signs something, or uses their voice, the ability to express their wants and needs has a monumental effect. Through spontaneous communication, Eden’s students and adult participants become more independent — which is our ultimate goal at Eden.

Immediately following the video premiere, guests raised over $100,000 in less than 20 minutes to support Eden’s speech and language services!

In addition to the video, iPads programmed with Proloquo software were placed throughout the venue. This enabled guests to experience firsthand how the individuals Eden supports use their devices to ask for things, answer questions, and communicate. Every iPad was programmed differently, reflecting how each speech program is crafted specifically around each individual’s unique needs and goals.

The Eden Dreams gala is held every January to raise funds to support Eden’s programs and services for children and adults with autism and their families. Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, volunteered, and donated to support this year’s event!