Nineteen years ago a small group of parents, including Lucy Graham, gathered in one Delaware living room and made a commitment to support each other and all those affected by autism in our state. Each family’s needs were different, but they knew that, working together, they could make a difference. This was the beginning of Autism Delaware.
At that time the incidence of autism was fewer than 1 in 150 children across the U.S. and there were 284 students with autism in Delaware’s public schools. Today the incidence of autism is 1 in 68 (1 in 42 boys) and there are 1,899 children with an educational classification of autism in our public schools. Autism Delaware’s original living room has grown greatly and so have the children! We have become a state-wide organization supporting our original families, like the Grahams, and an even more diverse group of individuals and families.
Now, more than ever, we need your support to keep our commitment to families and continue expanding Autism Delaware’s “living room” of support.
Your direct gifts allow us to deliver a wide range of services, and programs including:
- family navigators who help those affected by autism find answers to their toughest questions;
- support groups, coffee hours and online communities where families can connect and share;
- parent and professional training so that more people can effectively support the needs of those with autism;
- hundreds of social and recreational activities that allow families with autism to connect and grow;
- advocacy at the state and local level to help create systems that work for our families;
- our nationally recognized POW&R adult vocational service that partners with more than 85 Delaware businesses across the state.
Please consider making a meaningful contribution today and join us as we help the growing number of individuals and families in Delaware affected by autism. Thank you for being our partners in this mission.
Teresa Avery, Executive Director