Often times, individuals and families affected by autism or other developmental disabilities feel isolated and uncomfortable going places in our community. Autism affects more than 3 million Americans and is the fastest growing developmental disability. 1 in 65 children in the U.S. have autism. 1 in 42 boys have autism. Applying the CDC’s autism prevalence of 1 in 65 estimates to the 2,646 children born in Cass County, ND from July 2015 to July 2016 approximately 41 of these children will be diagnosed with autism. At this rate Cass County, ND will see 205 additional children every five years. Individuals with autism face consistent challenges with social interaction, communication and behavioral tendencies. These challenges make it difficult for individuals and families to perform simple daily necessities.
Our belief is this program will provide comfort to families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities when going to local businesses. This is where you come in! We want to provide a free training for you and your staff. The training lasts approximately 1 hour and is an educational training of what autism is, some signs to look for and tools for you to be successful in comfortably supporting these individuals and families. As a result of this educational training, together we could produce a more welcoming environment and support those who need it.
Autism is a lifelong disability. Help us eliminate some of the challenges individuals with autism face. With advocacy and education, we can build our community bond and create positive environments. Together, we can extend the North Dakota “nice” to all community members and help reduce the isolation that individuals and families affected by autism may feel.
For more information on how to become a AFC Partner please contact:
- Genna Joyce, Community Relations Manager: gjoyce@NDAC.onmicrosoft.com
- Darcy Kasprowicz, Development Director: firstname.lastname@example.org