In 1998 a small group of parents of children with autism met in the gym at the Brennan School to discuss forming an organization. We weren’t sure what we were doing, but we knew we needed to do something! We wanted to connect not only with each other, but also with important information, advocacy and support. In the years since, we’ve gone from that first phase of growing together as an all-volunteer organization, to the next phase of beginning to hire staff and becoming more professionally run, to the third phase of providing direct services to the autism community through our adult service arm, POW&R. Now we are well into Phase Four – a fully formed, professionally staffed organization that provides support, information, recreational opportunities, social activities, adult services and clinical services such as diagnosis, behavioral supports and family consultation and support. We are also beginning to explore the possibility of providing residential support services. I couldn’t be prouder to be a founding member of this dynamic organization and to be President of the Board of Directors of Autism Delaware.
President, Autism Delaware Board of Directors