Prologue: As the mother of a young woman diagnosed within the spectrum of Autism; this challenge is very near and dear to our family's heart and soul. Early intervention was critical to our efforts in securing services and our work in diligently developing her talents and abilities. Please note the link to the HollyRod Foundation which has an exemplary outreach to families of color with autistic children; some of whom aren't aware of diagnostic and treatment services and how to access them.
This is a critical starting point, however, we've discovered that once they become adults, services dwindle and in many cases are non-existent. Depending on where the individual is on the spectrum; they become a part of many special needs adult programs that aren't factoring in the unique characteristics of many autistic adults. As we continue to advocate for children; we must not stop there. Assertive Autism Advocacy is needed for the adult population. Their abilities, talents and skills can lend to a more independent lifestyle with unlimited benefits for society.
EARLY INTERVENTION & EDUCATION IS THE KEY!
|WEBMD Information on Autism Spectrum Disorders|
February 18, 2017
|Love this family and their reality show on OWN. They provide a forum for families who have a member diagnosed with Autism and how it can be a gift rather than a burden. Strategies for keeping the family intact and sensitizing the community on keeping them safe and thriving. |
March 12, 2017
PBS did a wonderful piece on the inequities apparent when it comes to assessing and treating children of color with Autism. My daughter was diagnosed at age 2 after we had her assessed for a hearing impairment which seems to happen more than one would realize. Early intervention with parents and sibling involvement was quite helpful during the early years, however, it was a chore advocating and finding programs willing or able to provide the multi-provisional support needed. I've provided the following episode and hope it will be helpful to others. Holly Peete and her foundation have been absolutely wonderful in reaching out to people of color as well as other groups to get the needed services with a focus on early intervention.