Our Beginning: Inspired by Dr. Isaac Pope of Pope’s Kids Place, the Coalition was started when the state Department of Health identified Lewis County as a pilot Community Asset Mapping project and invited a couple dozen agencies and parents to participate in a February, 2010 meeting to map assets and identify service gaps. The coalition was launched!
Our Vision: Lewis County values and supports lifelong success for all individuals and families living with autism through access to quality education, recreation and employment resources.
Our Mission: The Lewis County Autism Coalition is a catalyst for community action and partnerships that support families and advance success in school, work and life for individuals on the autism spectrum.
Our Program: The Coalition provides resources for children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families. Since 2010 our dynamic circle of partners has built a regional hub of services, information and innovative practices working together to:
– Provide a central resources hub – the “Link” – to help parents and professionals navigate the autism services system (in partnership with Centralia College).
– Implement the SMART (School Medical Autism Review Team) model – review each child’s needs and assemble appropriate services to support their success. SMART partners with Northwest Pediatrics to achieve local diagnosis of autism.
– Host an annual Southwest Washington Autism Conference in October (2018 will be our eighth event).
– Sponsor summer programs for children and teens (in partnership with SPARC).