CAR Autism Roadmap

CAR

If you’re in the Philadelphia area (or the tri-state area), there’s a great new resource now available from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The hospital’s Center for Autism Research (CAR) created a website for families touched by autism called the CAR Autism Roadmap.

It’s a helpful place to visit if you’re just starting out after a diagnosis or even if you’ve had autism as part of your life for years because it offers guidance and a huge directory for those searching for therapists, support groups, doctors, dentists, education support, etc. It also has articles written by CHOP staff and specialists.

When you’re starting out with a diagnosis, figuring out what to do next – or who to go to – can be completely overwhelming, so this Roadmap can help make that transition smoother. Or, if you’re looking for some new therapies or just new local resources, this site can help with that too.

You can check it out here.

Lynsey, Community Manager

Jaden’s Voice

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We’ve been so lucky over the years to come across some amazing people and remarkable organizations in the autism community – and Jaden’s Voice is certainly one of them. This foundation was created in 2010 by Terri Matthews, a mom of three – her youngest child, Jaden, was diagnosed with autism at age two.

Based in Philadelphia, Jaden’s Voice is focused on enhancing the lives of underserved children and families impacted by autism—and they’re doing this in a number of ways. For example, they’ve got some initiatives underway such as Jaden Cares Program that will look to establish a single location that offers services for sensory, occupational and behavioral therapy as well as extracurricular activities (music, art, etc.) – basically a one-stop-shop to offer a comprehensive therapy program. This structure gives you back the time you may be using to shuttle back and forth to various locations.

Jaden’s Voice also has the Jaden’s Family Care initiative that will focus on supporting the families of those touched by autism, offering advocacy, support groups and educational opportunities. And they’re doing so much more.

What if you could get all of your child’s various therapeutic needs met in one place? It seems like an ideal concept (at least one that doesn’t currently exist in Philly). We invite you to check them out!


Lynsey, Community Manager