Message from Leslie & Bobby Weed, HEAL Founders
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. ~Plato
We are proud to announce HEAL’s bold new initiative to build 5 ALL-ABILITIES Parks across Northeast Florida. HEAL will lead the effort in funding and creating playscapes in our community where families meet and mingle; a place where those of all abilities and ages can explore, socialize and play together. We are targeting local corporations, businesses, civic clubs, churches and schools to join in our efforts, making this endeavor a whole community collaboration.
Wheelin’ & HEALin’ - HEAL has gifted 114 ($40,400) of the first 250 trikes to local schools K-12. This give students the ability and freedom to experience the independence and joy we all feel while riding a bike!
Autism has escalated to a staggering 1 in 54 school aged children, many families are in crisis and we need you help more than ever. HEAL has reached over $2.2 million in charitable giving to area schools and organizations including 425 iPads. Our generous donors and volunteers are vital to making these initiatives and programs possible. We are grateful to all whose involvement helps HEAL assist those living with autism.
UNLOCKED – A documentary, currently being filmed featuring Leslie and Bobby Weed’s daughter Lanier. This feature film follows the lives of 5, teens and young adults who are connecting to the world in a way that nobody around them thought was possible. They’ve lived their entire lives in a kind of exile, unable to translate thoughts into speech. UNLOCKED is a film about walking out of this prison into the bright sunlight. Sitting at a keyboard, their thoughts come pouring out, a lifetime of previously unheard utterances forming a deluge. The results are staggering. As Lanier, one of the major characters in the film, put it in her first typed message, “Thank you for releasing my voice… I am in here. I have always been in here.”