Mission: Pals mission is to optimize positive outcomes for
Programs: State conference & workshops: pals provides the organization and financial support to offer a conference for parents, students, and professionals working with individuals with autism. One of the major conferences that pals supports is the annual statewide conference which is a three day event. The number of attendees for this conference in the year 2014 was 963. . In conjunction with the above conference, pals offer a comprehensive 2-day workshop called "the autism diagnostic observation schedule (ados). " ados has become the standard instrument for assessing autism and pdd (pervasive developmental disorder) across age, developmental level, and language skills. Participants learn how to use the ados clinical practice to assess and diagnose autism. In 2014, this workshop had 82 attendees. . Another annual conference is "summer institute. " this conference is designed to train teachers to effectively educate children with autism. The number of teachers served this year through this conference was 100 for orange, 75 for osceola, 52 for lake, and 80 for volusia counties.
summer camp program: pals provides support for camp two can, which is a summer day camp program for children with and without asd (autistic syndrome disorder)in various central florida locations. Camp provides campers with natural environments to help build friendships, learn and use social skills, explore nature, make arts and crafts, participate in swimming/sports/games, and use various functional skills. Small groups of children are supervised by adults who are experienced in working with chi
community & social programs: pals provides opportunities for interacton of families and siblings of individuals with autism through programs such as family programs, sister's club, adult aspergers clubs, teen group, and youth programs. . Family events provide opportunities at low or no cost for individuals of all levels and ages, along with thier families to participate in fun events and network with other families within their counties. Events may include, but not limted to: bowling, picnics, p