I recently started an association, The International Autism Association for Families and Educators (IAAFE), in hopes of bridging the HUGE gap between homes and schools.
I am not sure if you knew this or not, but I started a company (and I continue to be the director), Autism Consulting and Training, Inc., back in 2006. I provide in-home educational services and parent support to families in Asheville. In addition, I started the only inclusive summer camp program for children with Autism in Asheville at the J.C.C. this past summer…Camp Tikvah (translation- Camp Hope).
My new association, IAAFE, enables me to help families and teachers throughout the world. Our membership benefits officially launch on January 1st. This is a really big deal for the Autism Community because there is nothing else like this out there. With 1 in 88 children affected by Autism, there is a huge need for this resource.
And more here:
The International Autism Association for Families and Educators (IAAFE) is a network of parents, caregivers, and professionals who believe in the power of working together to make a difference in the lives of those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. IAAFE was founded as a response to a growing need for better communication between families and educators. IAAFE is a valuable resource and support system that provides the Autism Community with innovative strategies, the latest information in research and education, new perspectives, and ongoing support.
Our Hope is to bridge the gap between homes and schools by strengthening the ties between parents and teachers. Families and professionals will learn how to better support each other, effectively communicate with one another, and create strategies and activities to ensure children’s success. Our Mission The International Autism Association for Families and Educators is dedicated to providing a service that enhances the quality of life for children, families, and professionals in the Autism Community. To achieve this goal, we prioritize the principles of collaboration and respect, along with our focus on innovation and community support.
Members will receive:
1. Monthly special topic calls
2. Support and Advocacy Network Online Forum
3. Monthly Q & A Calls
4. A Recording of The Autism Connection Training presented by Jennifer Lingle, M.Ed
5. Visual Tool Archive
6. Monthly Articles
7. Free Worldwide Marketing
How will this new group differ from the Autism Society of North Carolina and its Buncombe County chapter?
There’s definately a need to bring awareness to the rising epidemic of abuse of autistic children and adults by their home health caregivers. This needs to be exposed over and over so abusive caregivers know they will be caught, and they will face justice.