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Lauren Lewis
BY Lauren Lewis

6 Crowdfunding Campaigns for Special Needs

Crowdfunding has become one of the latest trends in the fundraising world. Websites like Go Fund Me, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo allow everyone a platform to raise money and make their dream projects a reality. Not only do these sites allow for peer to peer fundraising, they provide a connection across the globe; they allow for people on opposite sides of the world to come together to support the same cause.

To do our part to support the individual fundraiser, we will be highlighting a few crowdfunding campaigns each month. If you know of any fundraising campaigns going on, please share in the comments below or reach out on LinkedIn.

1. Understanding Stanley – Looking through Autism

Rosie seeks to make the invisible, visible.  Understanding Stanley is a potent mix of observed portraits of her son (from aged 18 months to 15 years) and images that represent autistic characteristics and experiences.

2. My Money, My Science: Human Autism Robot Teamwork (HART)

The Cooperation Station to willbe used to gather data on how all sorts of people work together. This group will look at how the brain responds during cooperation in individuals with and without Autism.

3. BlindMade – Guitars Built by a Totally Blind Woodworker

Dennis Floyd Stapley started going blind in 1984, but he did not give up. Since the beginning of time the blind have been considered useless and unproductive. His hope is that he is proof that this concept is incorrect and outdated. He is committed to start a wood-working business making guitars.

4. Art for Freedom


Shawn Rudd suffers from Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy, meaning he can barely lift my arms and has been confined to a chair for ten years. His vision is to travel the southeast volunteering at care facilities and teaching the elderly and disabled the basics of art monthly.

5. Sunny Side Up Drama: Summer Productions

This summer, Sunny Side Up Drama wants to stage the original productions of Macbeth: A Modern Musical, Super Duper, and Right and Tight. All of these plays are short. The money raised will go to space, sets, costumes, and scripts. All informational material is available at Sunny Side Up Drama. The three shows are in current stages of development and will continue to develop through the summer.

6. Anything You Can Do … We Can, Too!

Anything you can do We can do is a movie that will show that special needs adults are not a throw-away group but are valuable members of society who need jobs & social outlets.

Lauren Lewis

Written on May 23, 2014 by:

Lauren Lewis began working at the Friendship Circle in May 2012 as the Communications and Event Coordinator. After participating in Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan and meeting some amazing kids with special needs, Lauren fell in love with the cause and never stopped advocating. When not at the Friendship Circle, she is wearing maize and blue and enjoying life in Detroit. You can connect with Lauren on LinkedIn.