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1 in 59 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder according to the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. 1 in 59 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder according to the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.

Mission Statement

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

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.
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 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 info@cuautismnetwork.org.
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’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 Resoures page.
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.
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.
How do I contact the C-U Autism Network?

CUAN Remembers

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This year CUAN was sad to see the passing of one of its members Angelah “Renee” James. She was an inspiration to many parents as an advocate for her child (Alexandria). #autismangelforever

Meet Our Ambassador

Alexandria James, a native of Champaign, has been writing since the age of six with her first book series entitled “The Lost Things.” Her published works can be found through her website http://alexsjames.com or on her Lulu Author Spotlight page http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/PitRocks14

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