We offer great benefits with membership at many levels, but that’s just one reason to join.
Your support of POAC helps assure that everyone who is involved with a child with autism has access to the training they need to help that child realize his or her fullest potential. Parents and teachers can sometimes feel at a loss as to how to teach a child functional communication skills or how to respond appropriately to unwanted behavior. POAC’s many training opportunities help participants develop the skills necessary to really make a difference in the lives of the children they love and teach.
With your help, we have been able to provide free course work at the university level to future teachers of children with autism. In most cases, this was the only comprehensive information on the disability and teaching techniques these students received.
Your support insures that families of children with autism will have events, like the POAC Free Family Picnic, to enjoy year after year. This has become one of the most highly anticipated events in the special needs community. It provides some families with the only safe and enjoyable outing they get all year.
You are helping our communities become safer for our children. POAC’s Autism Shield project provides specialized training to law enforcement professionals and emergency services providers in autism awareness and response. Participants receive the information they need to successfully resolve contacts with children and adults with autism. This can potentially be life-saving.
Your support helps keep the flow of information going. Our web site is visited by thousands of people every month, and our newsletter, The Difference, is published bi-annually. Both of these provide important information needed to run a Verbal Behavior class and/or home program, as well as a link to everyone in the autism community.
There is still so much about autism that is not known and there is so much information available that many people can feel easily overwhelmed and confused. POAC’s commitment to “making a difference now” ensures that the families who are struggling with this disorder today will have the information and support they need to ease the path for their children and themselves.