April is Autism Awareness Month and today, April 8, will be #BeerAutismHope Day inspired by Lance Rice, a beer historian with autism who is inspiring the world. On this day, America’s greatest breweries, autism organizations and families nationwide will take to Facebook, Twitter and beyond to start a movement by sharing Lance’s message of hope and the hashtag #BeerAutismHope.
Lance has toured more than 70 breweries while a documentary crew followed for 2014’s most inspirational film: Lance’s Brewery Tour. Twelve months ago, Lance was an unknown beer historian with autism who was once afraid to speak or leave his own home. This year, Lance has traveled 25,000 miles, spoke at autism schools and centers for the disabled, met families with special needs children, given interviews to America’s largest media outlets and was named one of Cleveland Magazine’s “Most Interesting People of 2014.” Lance’s miracle has already begun changing the world.
Participation in the #BeerAutismHope movement helps share the heart of Lance’s Brewery Tour with the world. Lance’s Room, a charity founded in Lance’s honor, provides scholarships, job training, aid and inspiration to the autism community. Lance’s Room hopes to be able to give the first scholarship in late 2014 before the film or book have even come out, thanks to supporters.