Developmentally Disabled Centers,
Mission: We are Autism Pensacola, a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving the families of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Since 2002, we’ve served individuals and families affected by autism as the leading connector and resource for autism support, advocacy, education and networking opportunities in the Pensacola Bay Area.
As a community connector, we are a beacon of light in the darkness, and a source of answers in all the uncertainty. Along with our partners, members and supporters, we are connecting people to answers that matter, working to improve lives and livelihoods, one family at a time.
We want to change the way our community thinks and feels about autism. Relationships drive our mission to maximize access to the best care and support for individuals and families affected by autism. As the largest network of parents, physicians and supporters in the community, we are helping families maximize and realize their potential to prosper, shifting the conversation from mission impossible, to mission achievable. Together, we help families connect the pieces.
Results: Kids for Camp
We have served the local area for 16 years with best-practice training for educators and quality programming for those on the spectrum.
To date, we have provided training for more than 300 educators and served more than 275 individuals with autism, ages 2-25.
As of 2018, we have 37 families enrolled as part of our Project Lifesaver program.
In 2018, we offered an Autism and safety training to first responders from our 2-county area. 68 attendees represented Escambia County Fire Rescue, Pensacola Police Department, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Escambia County EMS, Escambia Public Safety, Milton Fire Department, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and the Pensacola Fire Department
For the seventh year, we offered a training on Community Inclusion in Recreation. This year, attendees represented the following organizations: Pensacola Parks & Recreation, YMCA of Northwest Florida, Pensacola Mess Hall, First City Art, Creative School Age Childcare, Pensacola ATA Martial Arts, Pensacola Little Theatre, and Ministry Village Early Learning Center.
In 2018, we began offering #AutismFriendlyNWFL Trainings, Autism acceptance and awareness training for businesses.
Trainings were provided to Chili’s Nine Mile, First United Methodist Church Pensacola, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola Kids Dentistry, Sims Orthodontics, and 90 Works.
Target demographics: improve the lives of those living with autism
Geographic areas served: Northwest Florida, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties
Programs: Kids for Camp, a summer learning lab for those with autism ages 2-25, using best practice techniques, specifically Applied Behavior Analysis.
Project Lifesaver is a program offered to individuals with any developmental disability, who are at risk of wandering. Project Lifesaver is a program that features bracelets that emit a radio signal that search and rescue personnel can use to track and locate an individual who is missing.