Ruth Sullivan Rally for Autism 2021 Virtual Event Recognizing Elaine Harvey

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All donations will be split equally between the Autism Society River Cities, the Autism Service Center, and the West Virginia Autism Training Center

Elaine Harvey


The Rally's success over the years is primarily due to the Herculean efforts of Elaine Harvey. Continuing the legacy of advocacy inspired by Dr. Sullivan, Mrs. Harvey has for nearly three decades organized and lead efforts that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars used by the centers to support individuals with ASD and their families. Her efforts have been noticed and appreciated: in 2015 she was named the national Autism Society Volunteer of the Year and was honored by being named a Hometown Hero by her community in Huntington.

Viewers will have an opportunity to show their appreciation by making a donation in her honor. Donations can be made anytime, including electronically during the event. 

About Us

Autism Society River Cities 

The Autism Society River Cities, formerly known as the Huntington Area Autism Society, was founded in 1982 by Dr. Ruth Sullivan. We are a local affiliate of the Autism Society of America and an all-volunteer organization. We provide information and support to individuals and their families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We serve the tri-state area consisting of eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and western West Virginia. Part of our services includes connecting families with others who share similar circumstances. In addition, we provide activities for families to enjoy such as various holiday parties, gatherings for things like bowling and jumping on blow-ups at a jump house. We also have a library with up-to-date books that are made available for check out to our group.

Autism Services Center 


ASC was founded on the belief that each person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability has the capacity for growth and development. Each individual has a right to services that enhance well-being, quality of life, and opportunities to learn. Each should have access to the most normal and least restrictive social and physical environments consistent with his or her needs. Those with even the most challenging behaviors can respond to dignified interaction in a structured, meaningful program with appropriately trained and supervised staff and the appropriate client/staff ratio. ASC encourages the use of best clinical practices and believes everyone has the right to effective treatment.


WV Autism Training Center 


The West Virginia Autism Training Center was established by the West Virginia Legislature in 1984 and housed at Marshall University. Education and training services are provided throughout the state. The mission of the WV Autism Training Center is to provide support to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders as they pursue a life of quality. This is done through appropriate education, training and support for family members or guardians, professional personnel and others important in the life of a person with an autism spectrum disorder. Training is provided by highly skilled and appropriately experienced staff.



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