behind-the-scenes-tour, high fiving players in the tunnel, and the opportunity to be on the field for the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy following the Eagles 2018 Super Bowl championship. Cal’s joy is evident. For Cal’s parents, the biggest gift is his happiness, and to be able to participate in these experiences as a family, with people who embrace Cal’s differences, welcome him, and accept him for who he is. At her company Vertex, and with the enthusiastic support of her sibling partners, Jeff Westphal and Stevie Thompson, CEO David DeStefano, and dedicated HR executive Craig Single, Amanda championed the idea of neurodiversity in the workplace. Vertex now proudly has 18 people who self-identify as neurodiverse and enjoy meaningful work for the first time in their lives. Active in the nonprofit Neurodiversity at Work, Philadelphia, Amanda encourages and helps other employers hire neurodiverse employees. “Everyone deserves the self-respect and pride of accomplishment of work. Neurodiversity at work is good for the employee, their family, the company they work for, and society as a whole”. The regional Chapter already has over 150 members from Philadelphia’s leading corporations (including the Eagles), hospitals, universities, agencies, providers, school districts, nonprofits, and neurodiverse people themselves, who meet regularly to promote inclusion in the workplace. “There are opportunities all around for all levels of ability. From high tech to pressing apples, there are jobs to match skill levels. We work hard to compliment and help each other, not compete” says Amanda. The family deeply admires Jeffrey Lurie for making autism a primary mission of his Eagles organization and maximizing his own family’s experience, voice, and resources to make such a positive difference in the lives of people with autism, not only in Philadelphia, but around the world.
The 2020 Eagles Radiothon, presented by Firstrust Bank and The Green Family Foundation, raised $158,450 for the Eagles Autism Foundation. In accordance with health and safety protocols and social distancing mandates, the organization was able to be creative in developing unique and meaningful virtual experiences involving Eagles players and SportsRadio 94WIP radio personalities. Top items included a virtual lunch and Meet and Greet with Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman, a round of golf with defensive end Brandon Graham, and the opportunity to have the Eagles logo painted in your backyard! Congratulations to our winners and a special thank you to donors, Firstrust Bank, The Green Family Foundation, and SportsRadio 94 WIP.
After winning the experience through Ra- diothon, the Radcliffe family had the Eagles logo painted in their yard.
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