The Autism Faith Network seeks to spread autism awareness, acceptance and inclusion in faith-based communities all over the world. Since 2016, we have served over 35 churches, with over 10,000 people learning about autism! In 2017, the network received Honorable Mention at the Patients’ View Impact Awards!
How Does It Work?
We recruit faith-based communities to do at least one activity for autism awareness month in April. Each faith community can choose their own activity to meet their needs, but a list of ideas are provided. Most activities can be done for free or on a very small budget.
Persons of Contact (POCs) are selected for each faith community. POCs are asked to:
- Get leadership approval to participate.
- Choose an activity and persons to help if needed.
- Tell us the activity and date it will be held.
- Take photos of the activity in progress.
- Track the number of persons participating in the activity.
- Turn in a short evaluation form and photos.
All POCs receive an invitation to participate in a special Facebook group that includes facts about autism, ideas for activities, networking opportunities with other places of worship, and network updates.
We are available to provide assistance for faith communities that desire more personalized activities and events. All participating faith communities receive a letter of thanks, a certificate of participation and recognition on social media after turning in their photos and evaluation form.
An added benefit is that participation in the Autism Faith Network is free! We would love to have you join us! Send us a message here to learn more and get involved!