Autism affects children and their families in ways that a typical family could never imagine.
Anyone can help to better the life of a child with autism. The extent of your help depends on your Time, Money, and Desire:
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP FOR FREE:
- You can smile (rather than stare) at a child with autism.
- You can say hello to a child with autism and wait for a possible response before walking away.
- You can volunteer to be a mother’s helper for a family with a child with autism.
- You can donate toys and games to facilities that cater to children with autism to be used in therapy sessions.
- You can spread the word by talking with others about the autism epidemic, the lack of availability of services, insurance coverage, local resources and the realities of living in a world with autism.
- You can offer your time and services to a local school, therapy center or organization for the benefit of children with autism.
- You can write to your local congressman to help children and families with autism obtain financially feasible support and options.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP AT A MINIMAL COST TO YOU:
- You can make a financial donation to help children with autism through a local or national organization.
- You can buy much needed toys and supplies for providers and caregivers of children with autism.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP IF YOU HAVE MONEY TO SPEND:
- You can sponsor a child and help him to receive much-needed therapy services.
- You can fund an event, function, or service provided by a local organization for children and families with autism.
These children and families did not choose this diagnosis. Often times, they are not prepared financially, emotionally or mentally when their child receives the diagnosis.
The grim reality is that there is an increasing number of children and adults with autism. The hope is that they all can get the help and support that they truly deserve.