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Voices From the Valley

A podcast of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

Understanding Autism

What is it like to learn your child has autism? And how do you find resources to give your child the best opportunities for learning and for experiencing all the joys and challenges life has in store?

In this episode we take some time to consider how we think about Autism, a developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates, thinks, and interacts with others and the world around them. People with autism experience the world differently. You may have heard the term, “Autism Spectrum,” to describe the diverse range of symptoms and abilities that are unique to everyone. 

We visit Shawano, Wisconsin, where a non-profit called Bridge the Gap for Autism is making a huge impact. It is a nationally recognized organization that has helped hundreds of children and adults with autism through a unique approach.

And we go to Black Creek Elementary in the Seymour School district, where students with Autism are using technology that is a real game-changer.


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More Links

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a specific type of assistive technology that can benefit people with autism of all ages by promoting independence, expanding communication, and increasing social interactions.

Learn more at Autism Speaks.

Your hosts:

Amy Spreeman

Carolyn Desrosiers





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