Autism is not experienced solely by an individual; it is experienced by a family, and a community as a whole.
How the world is perceived and how it is understood can be significantly altered through the experience of autism; certainly for the individual and for those caring for, living with, and befriending someone who has autism. The network of humanity in which we live is called to respond in ways both practical and philosophical. What can we learn from seeing the world differently? What can we offer in return? Northwest Autism Center uses both of these questions in guiding its utilization of resources. Services provide opportunities for us to learn about autism’s impact on the individual and the community in which we navigate. Services simultaneously provide opportunities for us to offer evidence based treatment, consultation and direct support.
We have all heard the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child”. For our community’s network of response and interaction to nurture, educate, and care effectively for those living with autism spectrum disorder, we are invited to re-evaluate our collective approach to conventional standards of operating – and to seek a new way of ‘doing things’. Northwest Autism Center service provision and development is at its core both interactive and evidence based. The services we offer are focused on impacting systems (e.g., education, healthcare, mental health, emergency services, etc…) that all of us need in our daily lives, but may often be challenging to effectively access for the individual living with autism. The puzzle image reflects Northwest Autism Center’s dedication to an integrated approach to serving the individual, the community in which the individual lives, the competency and capacity across professions, and the improvement in policy across systems locally and within our state.