The Autism Society of Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) comprised entirely of volunteers, parents of people with autism and adults with autism. We are an affiliate of the Autism Society of America. For 33 years, we have been working to ensure full participation and self-determination in every aspect of life for people across the autism spectrum. We work every day to empower lives by opening avenues of self-advocacy and advocating on behalf of others in a way that values equity, respect, dignity and diversity in all communities.
Across the world, people will be joining together to recognize Autism Awareness Month in April. A great way to show your support is by participating in our upcoming events, many of which are virtual! Take a look below at some of our upcoming events. For more event information, click the button below.
TO OUR SPANISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITY
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The Autism Society of Florida understands the ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus. During this crisis, the Autism Society is communicating regularly with parents, self-advocates and professionals to provide relevant, reputable resources and information to address the added challenges to the autism community. As an organization, our highest priority is to improve the quality of life for the autism community, a mission that is amplified in times of crisis such as now. The Autism Society is committed to maintaining transparent lines of communication as we continue to monitor developments across our communities and around the world.
Now, more than ever, we need you to join us as we spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change via digital and electronic means so that everyone stays as informed as possible. We will continue to keep you updated by email, social media, and here on our website. Please remember to follow basic hygiene precautions. Our children need us to keep them safe, by keeping ourselves safe. We wish our Florida, US and global communities well in these trying times and look forward to a speedy end to this time of crisis.
Stacey Hoaglund, ASF President
FOCUS ON STAYING HEALTHY
Clean hands often; avoid touching face, mouth, nose
Avoid close contact with people not living in your home
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth.
Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or inside of elbow
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Visit Center for Disease Control Website for more info including use of cloth to slow the spread of COVID-19.
CREATE A DAILY SCHEDULE
Creating a daily schedule that works for you and your family provides children with stability and security. It should include scheduled meals, quiet time activities, time to complete schoolwork, time for creative play such as arts and crafts, and outdoor or active play.
While under normal circumstances, limiting sedentary screen time is recommended, relaxing limits in this area is probably inevitable and realistic during this time.
Check out some of the fun learning websites listed on our Learning Supports Page.
BECOME A BOARD MEMBER
We're looking for motivated people to join our board! Email and tell us why you would like to be a board member. You can learn more about ASF at www.autismfl.org. We look forward to hearing from you.