How do I contact the C-U Autism Network?
Who is your group for?
- We are a group geared toward parents and professionals, which means we work toward connecting families of people with autism and professionals that work with people with autism. We address all areas of development and ages, along the whole spectrum. Of course, people with autism are welcome too.
What does your group do?
- We hold monthly meetings during the school year with a guest speaker(s) on topics our members have indicated interest in. This is followed by time to talk, network, and share strategies. Past meetings have included recreational opportunities for adults and developmental pediatricians. Additionally, we hold a variety of family geared events like a cookout at Hardees Reindeer Ranch, swim nights, and our popular mom’s night out. Right now we are planning even more events, including one for professionals.
Are you affiliated with research?
- No, we are not affiliated with research. All the money we raise is spent here in our local community.
I’m new to autism (or the area), can you help?
- Welcome! We have a packet for families with someone newly diagnosed with an ASD and suggest you contact TAP for their new diagnosis orientation. Other area resources can be found on our Resources
I have some concerns about school. What are some resources?
- Obtaining the best education can be an overwhelming process. Mention IEP help. Our members are great resources for support and education in the process. We have many school district websites listed on our Resources page.
I have some concerns about employment and independent living. What are some resources?
- The transition into adulthood can be tricky, but there are a variety of local resources. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were ok, but now we are struggling with a transition like puberty. Am I alone?
- Transitions like puberty can be a difficulty time for many families. Fortunately you are not alone. Our Yahoo listserv Group is a valuable resource for families and professionals looking for ideas and the voice of experience.
I’m a professional. Where do I fit in your group?
- Professionals are an important part of our group. We encourage them to use resources like small group discussions and the list serve to help share ideas and ask questions. We also provide networking opportunities so parents can meet local professionals and learn about the services they offer.
I’m a student. Am I welcome?
- Of course students are welcome! One of our goals is to provide information and answer questions.
I’m concerned someone may have autism. What do I do?
- It is important to trust your instincts. If you are worried about your child, discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. If you feel he or she isn’t taking you seriously, you can always seek out a second opinion. Be prepared to discuss your specific concerns. A helpful place to visit is First Signs , a website with a section geared toward this situation. You may a want to visit the CDC milestones page to familiarize yourself with some developmental milestones. If you are concerned about someone else’s child, then you can visit the above links and discuss your concerns with a parent. Let the parent know you are there for them.