A non-profit organization for autism "bridging the gap" with resources, workshops and support for families affected by autism spectrum disorders in Lee County, Alabama.
At the end of every year, as the board of a 501c3 organization, we reflect on what we were able to accomplish, what our goals are for the coming year, and what value we have provided to our community. After being in operation for over five years, the tone of this year’s meeting was different.
We have had so many clients over the years that we have been able to help directly, or that we have been able to guide to the appropriate resources so that they could access the help that they needed. Being able to help these families has given us the motivation to continue with our mission for over five years.
However, we have also had clients whose needs have exceeded the available resources in their communities. We were not able to direct them to the resources that would have met their needs, because those resources did not exist at the time.
We have advocated for our clients in order to get resources in place in our community, and all across the state. We know that families right here in Lee County have had to endure without the appropriate resources, because they have contacted us for help, and we also know that families across the state have had to endure without the appropriate resources, because they have also contacted us for help.
We believe that resources should be available to all families across the entire state. As individuals, we have been involved in advocating to bring programs to the Lee County area, and we will continue to do so. As individuals, we have also been involved in advocating to bring changes at the state level, and we will continue to do so.
We have been encouraged by the recent insurance and Medicaid reforms, but we know from working with the families that there are still changes that need to be made.
We have decided as an organization to dissolve, so that we can focus on bringing about positive changes that will benefit families all across the state.
We are so proud to have accomplished all that we have in the last five years, and while it is sad for us to close this chapter of our lives, we are all excited to take on our new challenges.
We would not have been able to accomplish all that we have over the past five years without the support of the United Way of Lee County, the Alabama Parent Education Center, the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, the Department of Kinesiology at Auburn University, Children’s Harbor, the Child Care Resource Center, all of our past and present board members, and our community of speakers, donors, and volunteers.