Here are this year’s informational packets!

Sponsorship Packet               Resource Fair Packet                  Donation Packet

Support the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley!

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently revised its statistics on the occurrence of autism in America to state that one in 68 children (and 1 in 54 boys) are affected. There are more than 60,000 families in Ohio with children and adults and their families affected by autism; the largest percentage of whom reside in NE Ohio.  From the newly diagnosed child to the school aged children to the severely disabled autistic adult.  These are all our families and they need our help.

The Mahoning Valley chapter of the Autism Society of America was founded by local families in 1989 to support families in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for families living with an ASD diagnosis, and to bring about opportunities for individuals working through life with this disability.  Our 100% volunteer organization is dedicated to accomplishing this through information and referral, family support, advocacy, raising awareness and resource development.    

What do we really do?  Here’s a typical morning call: A mother is driving home having just received the news that her 3-year-old was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum.  She is scared and sad. She doesn’t know what this means short term or long term. Where to send them to school? What early intervention therapies does he need? How do I get funding for therapies and other services? Are there other mothers I can talk to about this? What do I do RIGHT NOW?

This is where the Autism Society shines. In our role as the autism “bridge organization” we are uniquely driven to work with all of the schools, therapy centers, support groups, community organizations and government agencies to bring together the necessary resources for families.  In addition to direct calls for information and referral, we host educational, awareness activities to shine a spotlight on the many facets of ASD and the issues faced by children, adults with someone one the spectrum.  These include:

  • Autism family social events, like our Autism Family Swim Program
  • Seasonal events like Special Santa, Special Bunny and Family Portrait photo sessions;
  • Mini grant programs, like our Holiday Mini Grants and Teacher Mini Grants
    • Collaborative programs like Sensory Nights at the Oh WOW! Children’s Museum
    • Resource programs like the Autism & Disability Resource Fair; and educational workshops
    • Camp F.R.I.E.N.D, our summer day camp, known for welcoming neurotypical peers and creating community immersion for participants.

We are looking for event sponsors, resource fair vendors, volunteers and prize donations for our biggest fundraiser of the year!  Please call Robin Suzelis, event chair at 330-333-9609 or email to find out how you can help.