Our third random act of kindness for the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy is in honor of Rachel D’Avino, 29, whose passions were animals and helping children on the autism spectrum. Having struggled with learning disabilities in childhood, she overcame her personal struggles and went on to earn advanced degrees, determined to use her own experiences to help others. As a behavioral therapist, Rachel dedicated her life to education and advocacy. In her private life, her beloved dog meant the world to her.
In Rachel’s memory, we are donating $100.00 to ASDA, Autism Service Dogs of America. ASDA’s website states: “Our mission at Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA) is to make a positive impact on the lives of children living with autism—and their families—by providing exceptionally well trained service dogs.”
$100.00 buys a graduating dog’s pack, leash and collar. One dog who graduates the intensive training program and goes home with a child with autism will have his or her equipment purchased in memory of Rachel.