Local doctor Wendy Ross, founder of autism inclusion services, named a finalist for CNN Hero of the Year; Voting ends November 16

Ross, who opened new worlds to families affected by autism so they could enjoy baseball games at Phillies' Citizens Bank Park, among top 10 CNN Heroes of 2014

Dr. Wendy Ross is opening new worlds to families affected by autism. As a result, Ross was named a Top 10 CNN Hero (every day heroes who change the world), and is now in the running to be CNN Hero of the Year. Voting ends November 16 at: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/us/cnn-heroes/index.html.

In 2007, Ross - a Wynnewood, Pa. resident - founded the nonprofit Autism Inclusion Resources, which provides services and solutions that will enable today's generation of children with autism to participate more fully in the world. Since that time, Ross has helped hundreds of families navigate challenging social situations, including attending sporting events at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies. Ross has also provided Phillies game day employees, approximately 3,000 people, with knowledge about autism and how to interact with individuals who have the disorder. Her work also includes experiences at multiple airports, museums, and other sports teams.

"If you start taking steps outside of your door, your world gets bigger and bigger," said Ross. "We just want people to have opportunities."

For more information on Top 10 CNN Hero Dr. Ross, please visit: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/19/living/cnnheroes-ross/

Voters can log on to CNNHeroes.com to cast ballots for Dr. Ross once a day, every day until Sunday, November 16, 2014. Social media users can also share their votes on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT Autism Inclusion Resources (AIR)
AIR is the creative force behind services and solutions that will enable today's generation of children with autism to participate more fully in the world. Under the direction of Dr. Wendy Ross, AIR provides advocacy and education as well as conducts research into new methods of inclusion.