2017 Theme: “Planning for Lifelong Success”
Each year over 200 educators, health professionals, administrators, parents and adults on the ASD spectrum plan to attend this annual conference. We are excited to announce the event will move to the Centralia College campus this October. Watch this space for information on upcoming speakers, workshops and schedules. We look forward to seeing you!
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About the Lewis County Autism Coalition
The origins of the Autism Coalition go back to 2008 when Dr. Isaac Pope of Pope’s Kids Place initiated a pediatric health project addressing the needs of children on the autism spectrum. This initial work led the state Department of Health to identify Lewis County as a pilot Community Asset Mapping (CAM) project. CAM invited a couple dozen Lewis County stakeholders from public schools, early intervention, pediatric medicine, Head Start/ECEAP, United Way, Centralia College and others to participate in a half day meeting on February 16, 2010 to map community assets.
Since that date the coalition has produced road maps of autism resources for parents and providers, conducted community trainings for health care, child care and public school professionals; hosted five Autism Awareness conferences, developed a school-medical protocol utilized by the coalition’s SMART team and sponsored a summer program for children on the autism spectrum. Ongoing support has come from Lewis County Social Services and Developmental Disabilities, the United Way of Lewis County, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, the Kids Connect Charitable Fund, TransAlta and the Foundation for Early Learning.