A new partnership and a new model of service

Lee Grossman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Autism Society of America (ASA). We’re happy to have Lee here as a guest blogger to celebrate the partnership between the ASA and Easter Seals!
– Jim Williams

A new partnership and a new model of service

by Lee Grossman

I’d like to echo Jim Williams’ sentiments. Bringing the Autism Society of America’s (ASA) advocacy and partners together with Easter Seals’ experience and scope of services will be an excellent fit.

For readers who are not here in Phoenix, let me tell you a little about the 38th ASA National Conference. This year we welcome nearly 1,500 attendees. Fifty are adults on the autism spectrum. About half are family members of someone on the spectrum and half are professionals dedicated to helping our community. Everyone is here to discuss ways to handle this burgeoning health crisis, and how to support families.

We’re excited about this partnership with Easter Seals. With it, we’re creating a new model of service that will better address the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Read Lee Grossman’s biography.


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  1. Beth Finke Says:

    My guess is that you heard this on Oregon Public Radio. Have you tried linking to Oregon Public Broadcasting at http://www.opb.edu and searching for “autism”?Let us know what you find out –

  2. Bruce Whitaker Says:

    On July 6th in Portland, Oregon, I was heading to the airport and listening to a radio program. The radio personality was interviewing a man who was a home builder. This man was sponsoring parents of kids with autism at a training program on the East Coast that was run by a man who had autism as a child and no longer seemed to have symptoms. I was leaving the country for 3 weeks and have not found who this man who is training parents is. Would you have any suggestions for me?

    Thanks –

    Bruce Whitaker

  3. Patricia Wright Says:

    Christy – we share your excitement! Our mission at Easter Seals is to provide services so that people living with autism and other disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. We encourage the use of natural environments where individuals participate alongside typically developing peers. This use of the natural environment is encouraged through our youngest participants in our inclusive child-care programs (http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_inclusive_child_care&s_esLocation=serv_icc_), through adults in our services promoting employment(http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_job_training&s_esLocation=serv_jte_).

    Each affiliate throughout the nation is encouraged to meet the unique needs of their community. Every Easter Seals shares the mission of provding support to individuals with disabilities – including individuals with autism. Each local affiliate is able to develop services and supports to meet the needs of their local community.

    Thanks Christy – we appreciate your enthusiasm!

  4. Christy Says:

    Will all Easter Seals programs be implementing the new autism model? What does that model look like? Does it include typically developing peers? I am very excited about this!

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