In the fall of 2008, AutismUGA began with six UGA students dedicated to making a difference. We started by clearly defining our mission and vision, and by setting goals for the organization. We worked hard prior to the beginning of the semester to inform all faculty members and local business owners of our new endeavor, and once school started began an intense campaign to promote our first ever informational meeting. Since August, we have been able to mobilze the group to accomplish many things. Among our activities thus far, we have held "I support AutismUGA" sticker and hand fan awareness campaigns at football games, held a fundraiser at a local gym, hosted an Autism Awareness Night at a basketball game, volunteered at a monthly Saturday morning program, participated in UGA's homecoming events and much more. We have made an impact on the UGA students who are eager to become members and help further achieve. Most importantly, we have been able to impact the lives of the many families struggling with the challenges of autism. Often frustrated with the lack of services and support provided, families have thus far shown great appreciation for our efforts. We are excited for AutismUGA to grow, so that we can better work to assist the families in our area.