Lift Up Autism 2016
For the second year, Dayton Strength and Conditioning is proud to be a host site for Lift Up Autism, a worldwide community event aimed at raising awareness and funds for Autism research and diagnosis. Communities around the globe participate in the workout “Luke,” named for creator Josh Everett’s son who was diagnosed with Autism in 2013.
Because this cause is close to our DSC Community – last year we got to talk to Coach Layla Akilan about her son’s diagnosis and how it’s affected her family – we reached out to another #TeamDSC member, Megan Puckett, for her perspective.
Megan has served the past five years as a licensed professional counselor with an outpatient community mental health center. She works closely with children under the age of six with social, emotional and developmental disabilities. Specifically, she works one-on-one with both the parents/guardian and the child to help both parties manage the child’s symptoms and keep the parent involved in the child’s diagnosis and care. Throughout her tenure she has truly found her calling – working with children, especially those on the Autism spectrum.
What does an event like “Lift Up Autism” mean to Megan?
“Events like Lift Up Autism bring about awareness to a developmental disability that affects us all to some degree, whether we have a friend, coworker, neighbor, or even our own child with an Autism diagnosis. In my job, we advocate for early diagnosis and intervention, so if an event like this can cause one person to ask questions, seek out more information, exchange stories and experiences, make connections, or reach out to a professional for help, then it’s a complete success in my book.”
Megan has been a long-term member of DSC, starting in our group fitness classes and finding her niche in program design with one of our coaches. In her words, “I love the small community atmosphere that DSC has. It’s not just about getting in shape and improving your own life, but also supporting friends, family, and the community in their journey as well.”
There are still spots available to sign up for Lift Up Autism on Saturday, September 10 at DSC. Click here to register or donate.