Autism Delaware was started in 1998 by a group of Delaware families who shared the common experience of autism. The group soon realized that by working together they could provide much needed service and support to Delaware’s autism community and have a much stronger voice in Dover, in the classroom, and wherever else advocacy for the autism community is needed.
In 2010 Autism Delaware and the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation (located in Sussex County) merged to create one, strong, united statewide organization.
Today, thanks to our dedicated volunteers, talented staff, and generous supporters, Autism Delaware has grown to become a strong advocate for the autism community and provides services and resources such as:
- Information and referral
- Parent mentoring and support
- Speakers and conferences
- Family and teen social opportunities
- A newsletter, listserve and website
- POW&R (Productive Opportunities for Work and Recreation) adult services
- Public awareness campaigns
- Financial assistance for parents and educators to advance their skills and knowledge
In addition, Autism Delaware works very hard to raise public awareness of autism so that children and adults with autism can find acceptance and understanding in their communities.
Other initiatives include organizing advocacy efforts at state and national levels, funding a scholarship at the University of Delaware, and educating the medical community about the importance of early identification and intervention.
We also plan four major fundraisers throughout the year to keep our efforts going: the Walk-Race for Autism, which is a family event held in April; a celebrity-am golf outing in the spring; and our two auctions held in the fall.
As we move toward the future, we will continue to grow to meet the needs of the ever-expanding autism community in Delaware.