The Southwest Autism Exploration & Resource Middle (SARRC), a non-profit doing the job to
progress investigation and supply guidance for people with autism and their
people, has been awarded a $a hundred,000 grant as the winner of the 2009 Arizona
Advantages grant, funded by health gains organization Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM).

Mark El-Tawil, president of Humana of Arizona, named SARRC as the winner of the
grant during the Arizona Advantages Celebration of Supplying supper Thursday, Oct.
22, at the Scottsdale Plaza Vacation resort. Two other finalists for the award – The
Phoenix General public Library Basis and Sun Cities Location Transit System Inc. – every
received a $10,000 grant from Humana.

With the $a hundred,000 award, SARRC will generate GardenWorks, a group-centered
method built to have interaction people with autism spectrum problems (ASDs) in
creating and sustaining a profits-creating co-op garden.

“A analysis of autism is made in the United States each and every twenty minutes, and the
range of small children envisioned to require extensive grownup services over the subsequent fifteen
years exceeds 380,000, which is roughly equivalent to the populations of Tempe, Yuma,
Flagstaff and Payson merged,” stated Jeri Kendle, Government Director of SARRC.
“Obviously there is a terrific require for the kind of instruction and mentoring
GardenWorks will supply for people with autism spectrum problems.”

Kendle stated the grant from Humana will supply needed sources for the SARRC to
put into action the GardenWorks method, enabling the non-profit to entail the
group in a method to advantage people with ASDs. By creating a co-op
garden, SARRC will train those with ASDs gardening and landscaping competencies they
can use to operate toward money independence, although group users will be
inspired to mentor people with ASDs to help them expand, harvest and offer
their items.

“Heading into the 3rd 12 months of this method, Humana is committed to continuing to
give again to the communities we provide by plans like Arizona Advantages,”
stated El-Tawil. “To help an business like the SARRC locate a resolution to a
group require and expand in a way they could possibly not have thought achievable is the
coronary heart of what this method is all about. We`re honored to be ready to operate with
the SARRC to help those with autism spectrum problems discover valuable existence
competencies although raising healthy crops.”

The group judges selecting the recipient of the $a hundred,000 grant bundled Jacob
Brown, Willis Insurance coverage Paul Dolby, Circle K Marcie Cragg, The Gavin Team
Rhonda Forsyth, John C. Lincoln Health and fitness Community Tom Leander, Phoenix Suns Peggy
Neely, District 2 Councilwoman for the City of Phoenix David Strachan, Desert
Schools Federal Credit score Union and Cheryl Vogt, Marsh. Humana reps on
the panel of judges bundled El-Tawil, president of Humana of Arizona Steve
Macias, apply chief Jennifer Willis, apply chief and Jeff Chicots,
regional vice president.

Humana`s Arizona Advantages method awards a one particular-time, $a hundred,000 grant to a
Maricopa County-centered 501(c)(three) business doing the job to improve the head, entire body
and spirit of citizens. Contemporary Start off Women`s Basis, a non-profit
business dedicated to encouraging ladies help on their own, won the 2008 $a hundred,000
award, enabling the business to open a satellite middle for ladies in the
East Valley. Mesa Affiliation of Sports for the Disabled, a non-profit that
supports athletic plans for disabled athletes, utilized the 2007 $a hundred,000 award
to invest in a truck and trailer that allowed it to boost the excellent and
amount of functions for taking part athletes.