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Lifespan Supports

Living with autism is a journey, a process that may includes many twists and turns.  Our mission is to support individuals with autism and their families as they navigate this course.

Families may need to access supports and services to help their family member with autism for the purpose of helping the individual learn new skills as well as to support the family and individual to do the things they want to do, with the people they want, and in the places they want.  For some families this may mean being able to go out to eat, going on vacation, going to church, or going to family gatherings.  Each family is different, you have to decide what this means for your family.

We encourage individuals and families to use the information provided in the way that works best for them. If you see something missing, let us know so we can consider how to incorporate new information to provide for families and professionals.


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Secondary Transition




One resource from the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network for parents addresses misconceptions and myths about autism from the autistic perspective.  Start Here: A Guide for Parents of Autistic Kids

Sincerely, Your Autistic Child by Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, Emily Paige Ballou, and Sharon daVanport is a book written for parents by autistic people. It’s an anthology of autistic voices that gives insight into the autistic experience of children and teens.

All My Stripes: A Story for Children With Autism is a book by Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royder. In this picture book about Zane the Zebra, who always feels different, teaches kids about autism in a relatable way. It includes a reading guide in the back.

Holiday gift-giving ideas for children with autism

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