ABOUT THE AUTISM FAMILY NETWORK
The mission of the Autism Family Network is to support and advocate for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. We are dedicated to providing social opportunities, recreational experiences, community inclusion and to promote a positive respectful image of people with autism and their families.
OUR GOAL & CORE VALUES
Our goal is to provide a safe place for families to share their smiles and stories and shed their tears with those who truly understand. We want families to know they are not alone. We offer help amidst frustration and opportunities to connect with others who share similar life challenges.
a person has the right to a loving, secure and nurturing environment.
families are the strongest support for the well being and nurturing of people with autism, and we recognize that “the family” may be defined in many ways.
people with autism need understanding, acceptance, and respect as individuals.
relationships and personal connections are at the core of creating an atmosphere where an individual may thrive and experience success.
families and children need a caring, safe place to play and learn with others who truly understand and share similar life experiences.
we are a strength-based support network that cultivates relationships among children with autism and their parents that are positive and proactive in providing opportunities for them to reach their full potential.
The founder of Autism Family Network worked as a Pediatric Behavior Nurse Specialist, assisting in the care of approximately 250 children on the autism spectrum. In this role, it became apparent that there were joys and struggles experienced by these families. Many parents seemed exhausted, isolated, and floundering for connection and answers to questions. The seeds were planted for Autism Family Network.
Autism Family Network had its first organizational meeting September 2006. AFN has become what it is today because of the many great families and volunteers coming alongside to see this dream become a wonderful reality!