Going the extra 10,000 miles for autism

Going the extra 10,000 miles for autism

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The dedicated co-founder of The Learning Tree, a program for autistic and challenged children, is going an extra 10,000 miles to raise money and awareness for his cause.

The little Learning Tree in Auburn is just one of the unique learning environments across the state, doing amazing things for  about 150 children with autism and other developmental challenges and their families.

At three years old, Sofia, has no idea her role at The Little Tree pre-school in Auburn is just as important as the dedicated teachers.

"She is one of the typical children. She is here to help model appropriate behavior for her age group for children that have special needs."

At Little Tree, the ratio of typical to special needs children is one to one. The playground is a happy mix of regular, autistic and challenged children. Everyone is equal, so everyone learns something unique.

"She has such a loving heart, she is so kind and I wanted to foster that in her."

The Learning Tree programs are all across the state. Like nearly all non-profits, budget cuts are brutal.

That's why co-founder Jerrie Brimer puts on his helmet and rides across country, some 10,000 miles, hoping to raise $250,000 for the programs.

Intensive programs that have dramatic impacts on challenged children.

"When we get kids it's one to one they need one teacher for when they go to the public school system. When we get done with our intensive program, it has gone down, and for the parents, to see their children exceeding their exceptions or just meeting their expectations its incredible for them."

"I believe in this program and what it does for the child and the parents and it helps them learn to be function parts of this society."

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