The website, www.autismnow.org, is a unique joint venture of The Arc and several organizations dedicated to serving people on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities. They combined their expertise to deliver basic information and education about issues related to autism in areas such as employment, home support, education support, inclusion and government assistance from several different perspectives including family members and professionals in the field.
Autism NOW also provides information and links to local, state, and national groups that can help provide people on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, their families, and professional. By providing information about contacts in people’s own community, Autism NOW encourages people to develop connections in their community and discover information tailored to their specific community or individual concern. If you know of a group in your own community that you would like to share with others, please visit www.autismnow.org to spread the word!
At a local level, The Arc of Jefferson and Clearfield Counties provides a week long summer day camp program for children with Autism. The camp is geared towards children ages 5 to 13 on the Autism Spectrum. The camp provides social and recreational opportunities for children to enjoy during their summer break from school. Activities include art, music, nature studies and a fun afternoon activity. The camp is held the second week of August and is under the direction of Dan Minns. The Arc provides a nutritious snack, lunch and fun at no cost to the family. For more information on our camp please contact Dan Minns at 591-9537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As well as the summer camp The Arc offers a monthly family support group where the families bring their children to do activities with volunteers as the parents meet for support. Currently the groups are offered at two locations: Camp Friendship in Reynoldsville on the first Tuesday in April from 6 to 8pm and in Punxsutawney at the Playhouse Children’s Center on the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 8pm. For more information on these family support groups please contact Executive Director, Stacy Hanzely at 591-6622. Both groups are open to families raising children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Autism.
Look for us at the 3rd Annual Autism Awareness fair at the DuBois Mall on Saturday April 28th from 11am to 3pm at the DuBois Mall. We will have applications for our 2012 Autism Camp available there.