April is Autism Awareness Month
A time for learning, educating, and advocating
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) refers to a common group of neurodevelopmental disorders that affect social interaction, language and communication, and behavior. Although these areas of challenges are common to ASD, this brain-based disorder affects individuals in different ways.
Supports for families affected by autism
- The Fifth Annual Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) Conference on Friday-Saturday, April 5-6, provides presentations and break-out sessions for adults with siblings who have disabilities. Details here.
- TRIAD Families First Workshop on Saturday, April 20, will address Developing Basic Communication. No cost. For parents of young children with ASD. Click here to register.
- SibSaturdays provide fun, games, and sharing for children, ages 5-13, who have a brother or sister with a disability. Details here.
- Vanderbilt Autism Resource Line is a gateway to clinical and research programs and resources at Vanderbilt.
- Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) provides services, training, and resources for families, educators, and other professionals, and conducts research on the causes and treatment of ASD.
- Vanderbilt Autism Treatment Network is dedicated to improving medical care for children and adolescents with autism by offering comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, care and counseling.
- Tennessee Disability Pathfinder is a free information and referral helpline. Its website includes a list of Tennessee autism resources.
- Autism-related materials can be downloaded from the VKC website.
- Autism Society of Middle Tennessee provides monthly workshops, orientations, annual conferences, support groups, referral, phone support, educational and legislative advocacy, and more.