To support persons on the autism spectrum, their families, caregivers, educators, other professionals, and the public by providing opportunities for support and networking, education, training, and advocacy, along with promoting awareness and acceptance.
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Resoures page.
- 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.
- The transition into adulthood can be tricky, but there are a variety of local resources. Please contact us at email@example.com.
- 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.
- 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.