Roundup for Autism

By Jessica Crabtree

In 1988, Bobby Norris was a concerned father looking for answers to help his daughter who
was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. At a time when little help could be found, and a rate of one
child in 10,000 being affected, Norris was at a loss. Then, Norris found the Autism Treatment Center (ATC) in Dallas. At the
time, the center was a small program housed in the basement of a church and was treating six children. After touring the program,
Bobby’s generous heart and philanthropic spirit prompted him to start the Roundup for Autism to raise funds to support the vital
programs and services at the Autism Treatment Center. As a quarter horse rancher, owner, and breeder, Norris rallied
friends and family and hosted the very first roundup for Autism event consisting of a one day roping and cutting competition
on his ranch. The result was a $5,000 gift to the ATC! To read more pick up the September 2015 issue of NTFR.