Earth to Autism Inc. starts its own Repair Café

What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way! Earth to Autism Inc. is organizing the first Repair Café in Pinellas County on August 18, 2018.

At Seminole United Methodist Church on 5400 Seminole Blvd, on August 18, 2018 everything centers on making repairs. Starting from 9am and ending at 12pm, various volunteer repair experts will be available to help make all possible repairs free of charge. Tools and materials will also be on hand. People visiting the Repair Café will bring along their broken items from home. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery… anything that is broken is welcome. And can more than likely be repaired. The Repair Café specialists almost always have the know-how.

By promoting repairs, Earth to Autism Inc. wants to help reduce mountains of waste. This is absolutely necessary, according to Dr. Leanne Scalli]. “We throw away piles of stuff in the United States. Even things which practically have nothing wrong with them, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Repair Café wants to change all that.”

Repair Café is also meant to put neighbors in touch with each other in a new way. And to discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home. Dr. Scalli: “If you repair a bike, a CD player or a pair of trousers together with a previously unfamiliar neighbor, you look at that person in a different light the next time you run into them on the street. Jointly making repairs can lead to pleasant contacts in the neighborhood.”

Dr. Scalli points out that repairs can save money and resources, and can help minimize CO2 emissions. “But above all, Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is.”

Repair Café Foundation
The Repair Café concept arose in the Netherlands, in 2009, and was formulated by Martine Postma, at the time an Amsterdam-bases journalist/publicist. In 2010, she started the Repair Café Foundation (see This foundation provides support to local groups around the world wishing to start their own Repair Café. The foundation also supports the Repair Café’s around the country.

Earth to Autism Inc. wishes to organize a Repair Café on a monthly basis in Pinellas County. News about dates and locations of up-and-coming editions will follow as soon as possible!
August 9, 2018
Note for the editors: You can get more information from Dr. Leanne Scalli, Founder of Earth to Autism tel. 727-710-0649. You can also go to or

Published by Leanne

I am the founder of Earth to Autism Inc., a nonprofit on a mission to help adults with autism find meaningful employment.

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