In bestowing this award, the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake wishes to honor an autistic individual who is living their life the way LaVonnya Gardner lived hers. She embraced her uniqueness with a "Who gives a hamburger!" attitude that was infectious and she was determined to make a difference.
For more about LaVonnya Gardner, visit the ASBC website to read her award winning essay which she presented at Honestly Autism Day in 2014. http://www.baltimoreautismsociety.org/calendar-of-events/educationseminars/ *Like many autistic adults, LaVonnya preferred identity first language and used the word "autistic" to describe herself and her daughter. LaVonnya wrote, "I, like most Autistic people, say I am an Autistic as opposed to person with Autism. If you say "person with," you separate the person from the autism. You can no more separate the Autism from the person than you can separate a person from their blue eyes."
THE 2019 AWARD WILL BE GIVEN ON 4/6/19 AT HONESTLY AUTISM DAY!