Mission: Our Mission focuses on advocacy, intervention services, community outreach programs and encouraging unity through education and training to create a supportive environment for everyone effected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our organization concentrates on helping individuals and families residing in the Autauga, Elmore, and Montgomery (river-region) counties of central Alabama.
Target demographics: individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Direct beneficiaries per year: in excess of 100 families
Geographic areas served: the River-Region area of AL
Programs: group, family, relational and individual counseling services for all levels of abilities throughout the lifespan. We offer daily living skills training, self-advocacy skills training, career / vocational counseling, too. Depending upon your unique situation, we have the capability to provide sibling support services, age / skill appropriate structured groups, training workshops for other professionals, para-professionals, and caregivers.
I am just a human beeing and I've seen that in me there are many signs of autism. Because I have had the luck to have only some signs, like all average people have, I've understood the needs of people overcomed by this situation. Humanity discovers more and more, we have robots and atomic bombs, so we should try to sit down a lirrle and think about those who can't even open a box with candyes.
I couldn't find anyone in Montgomery that specialized in autism before this non-profit opened. I am a single parent with a teenager that has Asperger's. I know how hard it is when nobody "gets it". I think this place understands my son and what we're going thru.
My name is Gerri Taylor.
This organization started with the help of three professionals (and personal friends) that are as dedicated as I am to serving individuals with needs in our communities. My son was diagnosed with Autistic Disorder at age 27 months in 2002. In 2010, I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. In April 2011, I resigned my position as the Children's Mental Health Counselor - Bullock Co. at East Central Mental Health to begin the process of creating an organization for the ASD community, in the river-region of central Alabama. The Autism Spectrum Counseling Center, Incorporated was founded on August 31, 2011. On May 17, 2012, our organization was approved by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity.
The Autism Spectrum Center does not charge the clients for any services provided. What a blessing for families with children/teenagers diagnosed with autism. I donate my money to this non-profit because of their generosity to others.