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January Pay It Forward winner

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Springfield, MO -- (01/24/18) In regards to autism awareness and action, Jan Luck has co-authored over a dozen books, trained over 8,000 people, and spearheaded an award-winning program making the city of Battlefield the first autism-friendly city in Missouri.

Executive Director of Stars for Autism Dr. Linda Barboa says Jan is "the one that puts it all in gear!”

Jan is also the president of Stars for Autism, which is a local, non-profit organization that trains teachers, kids, firefighters, police, and more on how to best communicate with individuals with autism.

Jan says, “Our mission is to increase awareness and understanding of children and families on the autism spectrum.”

And that mission is equipping communities with helpful resources.

Linda adds, “We’ve had parents come up to us in tears – crying and saying, 'Your materials and your presentations have changed our lives.'”

Jan’s grandson’s school life was also changed after reading the series of books that Jan co-authored, which detail adventures of an autistic child named Albert. "He said, 'You know grandma, there’s an ‘Albert’ in my [class]room. His name isn’t ‘Albert,’ but he is an ‘Albert. I think I’m going to invite him to my birthday party.'”

With the help of Air Services and All Service plumbing, Fox 5 KRBK awarded Jan with a $250 VISA gift card which she says she'll use to further fund community resources through the Stars for Autism organization.

Congratulations, Jan!

You can nominate our next Pay It Forward winner right here on our website under the "contests" tab.

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