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Autism Affects 1 in 110 Children – $25 Helps a Family During the Critical First Months

June 2, 2010 3 comments

When a child is diagnosed with autism, his or her parents are often left feeling overwhelmed and confused about what to do next and where to turn for help. Autism Speaks’ 100 Day Kit is a valuable tool for these families and helps make the first few weeks and months after diagnosis a little less daunting. In order to defray the cost of the 100 Day Kit and provide it to newly diagnosed families, we need your support. Each kit costs $25 to produce.

Please support this very important initiative, which directly assists families affected by autism NOW.

The 100 Day Kit includes information about autism and dealing with the news of a diagnosis. The personalized kit lists local service providers, support groups, recreational activities, sources of legal information, conferences, local autism organizations and information about the local chapter of Autism Speaks. It provides insight into getting services for a newly diagnosed child and explains various available treatment options. A week-by-week action plan helps walk a family through the steps they need to take to ensure that they are on the right track. The kit also includes a safety plan and a list of recommended books and informational websites. In March, Autism Speaks launched a separate Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit.

Families whose children have been diagnosed in the last 6 months may request a complimentary hard copy of the 100 Day Kit or the AS/HFA Tool Kit by calling 888-AUTISM2 (888-288-4762) and speaking with an Autism Response Team Coordinator.

Every 20 minutes, a child is diagnosed with autism. When families first get the diagnosis of autism, it can be difficult. Our hope is that the “100 Day Kit” will provide families with a greater sense of hope, with resources, and information that will help make those first few months just a little bit easier.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support.

Books for Newly Diagnosed Families

March 4, 2010 3 comments

Recently, we asked our Facebook community, “What books about autism do you think are most helpful for newly diagnosed families?” We received nearly 300 responses. Below are some that we chose to pass along to you.

For a longer list of books, visit the Resource Library on autismspeaks.org

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