2022 is almost in the books! For ASMV it has been a busy year working to expand the programs and resources available for individuals affected by autism and their families.
Our biggest impact this year was the launch of our Social Connections program. This program has filled a big need for individuals who have low support needs, but a big need for socialization with peers. These social barriers make it difficult for individuals with autism to meet others and make friends. Participating in these monthly gatherings helps them to be more comfortable every day with those they don’t know but need to surround themselves with to be able to work, volunteer, and be a part of a community.
Altogether in 2022, we will have provided:
- 27 parent support, social and educational opportunities, including our new quarterly Dads Night Out Program!
- 8 Family Community Outings
- 3 grant opportunities – targeted to families and teachers.
- 3 much-anticipated seasonal programs – Special Bunny, Family Portraits, and Special Santa; these events are big and looked forward to every year!
- 2 weeks of Camp FRIEND summer day camp;
- One grand Mahoning Valley Warrior, Family Fun Fair, and Resource Fair
- Collaboration with other community events to reach out to families beyond our events, and;
- Countless hours of phone and email support to parents, agencies, and businesses working with the local autism community
With your support, we can do even more!
In 1965, the Autism Society was founded by people like you to support and advocate for families living and caring for individuals on the spectrum. That mission remains true today!
Please consider adding the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley to your gift list. We want to create even more local connections to advocacy, resources, and services so that members of the Mahoning Valley Autism community can live fully. Each donation makes a difference in how we can support the growing needs of our local families. Donate today at AutismMV.org/Donate.
Together, we can make a world of difference right here with our friends and neighbors. Please let me know if there is something I can do to help your family.
Robin Suzelis, Director
Autism Society of Mahoning Valley