Test Drives For Autism

April is Autism awareness month and local car dealerships are partnering with Turning Pointe Autism Foundation for their 6th annual fundraiser.

“My son Jack was diagnosed when he was two years old, with autism. So we started with our auto group here in Naperville just doing it and we reached out to the other Naperville dealerships and it was an overwhelming response,” said Randy Wolf, Co-Founder of Turning Pointe Autism Foundation.

More than 20 participating dealerships will donate $20 for every test drive, which creates an opportunity for local businesses to give back.

“One of the four pillars of our Continental Motors mission statement is to make a difference in our communities. So this is one of the ways that enables us to do that. We’re very active with a lot of non-profits in the community,” said Joel Weinberger, Owner of Continental Motors in Naperville.

Last year Turning Pointe raised over $150,000 and this year, they’re hoping for similar results to maintain educational, residential and recreational programs.

“The money that we raise helps support the school and our career college. We don’t get any money from the state of Illinois. We don’t get any money from the federal government. We have to fundraise and raise our money to help these families and this is one of our fundraisers,” added Wolf.

Now through the end of April, car shoppers can get into gear and get involved.

For a list of participating car dealerships, you can visit TurningPointeAutismFoundation.org.

Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.

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