Gary Cole believes in helping others. He has supported dozens of charities, giving not only money but also his time and talents.
Gary's teenage daughter has autism, and he's particularly interested in autism charities, for which he has done a great deal of work. He recently appeared on Larry King Live with Ed Asner, Toni Braxton, and Bill Cosby in a discussion of autism.
The Help Group
The Help Group was founded in 1975 and serves children with disorders related to autism, Asperger's Syndrome, learning disabilities, ADHD, mental retardation, abuse and emotional problems. It is the largest comprehensive non-profit organization of its kind in the United States.
It offers six specialized day schools in the Los Angeles area serving more than 1200 students, and its therapy services and other programs help more than 5000 children and their famlies each year.
Gary appears in a Public Service Announcement for The Help Group. Learn more about The Help Group at their site:
Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs to people across the country with a wide range of disorders or disabilities, including autism, deafness, mobility problems and others. They, too, have been helping people since 1975, and receive no government funding. They do not charge recipients for their assistance dogs.
Gary's daughter, Mary, who has autism, has made great strides in part due to her assistance dog from CCI. Their story is told in the book Love Heels: Tales from Canine Companions for Independence. Visit CCI's website at: