The Autism Society of Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) comprised entirely of volunteers, mostly parents of people with autism and adults with autism. We are an affiliate of the Autism Society of America. For 28 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.
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No parent should feel alone in their journey of raising a child with autism. It’s hard to care for them, teach them, advocate for them, fight for them, all while taking care of ourselves at the same time. We are parents just like any other human being. Our kids don’t come with a special manual or born to parents who have a certain set of skills. We learn as we go. Sometimes we figure things out fairly quickly, and sometimes it takes years of hard work and perspiration. If we try to do it all alone, or feel that we’ve been abandoned by those we once counted on, life can easily begin to feel as though it’s impossible.
Research has shown that parents who have a support system and actively attack problems with the help of others, including their own mental and physical ones, will have less stress than those who disengage or cope in unhealthy ways.
PLEASE DON’T ATTEMPT THIS JOURNEY ON YOUR OWN. The autism community is filled with loving, supportive, and dedicated parents who will hug you, cry with you, and go to battle with you if that’s what’s needed.
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 clear and 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.
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 face cover when around others
Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or inside of elbow
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Visit Center for Disease Control Website for more helpful info including:
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
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Creating a daily schedule that works for you and your family provides children with a sense of stability and security. It should include scheduled meals, some quiet time activities, time to complete any schoolwork provided by your child’s teachers, time for creative play such as arts and crafts, and time for outdoor or active play. While under normal circumstances, limiting children’s sedentary screen time is recommended, relaxing limits in this area is probably inevitable and realistic during this time. Parents can steer children toward some of the fun learning websites listed on our Learning Supports Page.