Parents are the greatest resource for other parents. This safe space allows parents and guardians to share the triumphs and challenges associated with caring for a child on the autism spectrum. It also enables them to network and share resources taking the mystique out of navigating the complexities associated with finding appropriate care. TAFA started as support group in 2016 and has grown into a network of amazing parents.
We provide parent training and education opportunities through collaborations with other agencies and providers in various arenas that benefit parents of children of the spectrum.
Community Awareness Events
Inclusion and appropriate support for families and children with autism are directly associated with the level of awareness in the community. We feel that people are more passionate about advocating for causes that they have a high level of awareness for. Community awareness and acceptance of the neurodiverse population is critical in gaining traction for opportunities like social, vocational and residential. We hold events that aim to highlight our amazing autism community and raise funds to continue the work of TAFA.
We work to provide opportunities for children and families to engage with typical peers for social learning and modeling prosocial behavior. This type of inclusion is mutually beneficial for neuro-divergent children and their typical peers. Inclusion fosters acceptance, awareness and positive relationships between peers allowing for a more diverse and intentionally inclusive generation to move forward.
We know that isolation can be a huge barrier for our children and families. Complex needs can inhibit our parents from accessing their peers and communities. Socialization is just as important for parents and caregivers as it is for their children. We aim to provide accommodating social opportunities that take into account the sensory, behavioral and social needs of our families in order to foster a sense of community and belonging.