The Autism Faith Network seeks to spread autism awareness, acceptance and inclusion in local and faith-based communities all over the world.
There are four goals that will help us achieve our mission.
We create awareness about autism. We educate faith communities about autism, its signs and symptoms and how to include autistic persons into faith-based activities. Information about developmental milestones and early intervention are also provided.
We promote the need for timely screenings for autism and early intervention. A late autism diagnosis can cause a child to miss out on opportunities for early intervention. We encourage screening children for autism at 18 months and 24 months to help reduce the late diagnosis rates.
We work to eliminate stigmas about autism. We seek to educate faith communities about how stigmas contribute to isolation among autism families and prevent children from receiving timely screenings.
We encourage acceptance and inclusion. It is important to recognize the unique gifts and qualities of each autistic person! We believe that faith-based communities should openly include and welcome autistic persons and their families.