Saturday, June 2, 2012

Jim and Lisa Price

Autism Lights #198 are Jim and Lisa Price.

Jim and Lisa Price are from Southeast Michigan. Jim Price was a catcher for the Detroit Tigers baseball team from 1967-1973 and was a member of the 1968 World Championship Team. Jim Price is currently in his 14th season as the color commentator for the Detroit Tigers Radio Network. Jim and Lisa Price have a son named Jackson who has autism. Jackson inspired his parents to form Jack's Place for Autism in October, 2002 in order to be a light for families in Southeast Michigan, including the Metro Detroit area. Jim and Lisa Price are Autism Lights for being autism advocates and  bringing hope, help, and awareness to the autism community in Southeast Michigan.

The origins of Jack's Place for Autism can be explained in this information from their website,
After experiencing first hand the difficulties of finding support and resources for their own son, the Prices wanted to establish a vehicle for families to gain access to existing resources and to create additional services that aren't currently being provided to families who are affected by autism (Source).
In 2003, the Detroit Tigers published an article  on their website praising Jim and Lisa Price for their work. Autism is mentioned in some way during almost every Detroit Tiger game in which Jim Price is the color commentator because as radio fans know well, Jack's Place for Autism receives donations from every Detroit Tiger Double Play. Because of Jim Price's relationship with the Detroit Tigers organization, Jack's Place for Autism has received generous support from the Detroit Tigers. In a dance fundraiser at Joe Louis Arena on August 1, 2011, Jack Price said, "God bless the Tigers--they really helped us promote this night. Thank you for all the support (Source).

The help Jack's Place for Autism provides to families in Southeast Michigan is very critical. Their programs have helped over 6,500 children and adults to date (Source). Jack's Place for Autism partners with Oakland University in providing life changing human services to the autism community at Jack's Place at Oakland University (Source). The following is a video produced in 2006 to explain the work of Jack's Place for Autism.

For more information on Jim and Lisa Price and Jack's Place for Autism visit these websites.
Special thanks to Jim and Lisa Price for working to establish and develop Jack's Place for Autism. Jim and Lisa Price are inspirational autism lights that are creating a light for autism in the name of their son Jackson to the needy citizens of Metro Detroit.

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