Today, at Woods and throughout the world, we recognize and celebrate the joy and enrichment those living with autism bring to our lives. We honor all those who work with and live with people with autism and those who bring light and hope into their lives.
We are honored at Woods to have some amazing staff and families who are dedicated to supporting our clients to help them realize their dreams. Tomorrow, our Head of Psychiatry, Dr. AFM Haque, MD, MPH, will speak in front of the United Nations as the U.N. recognizes “Autism: Nurturing Care Framework and Family Centered Care.”
Please join us in creating awareness around the barriers faced by individuals with autism and how we are all part of the solution. Woods is doing its part by educating our legislators and others around the need for lifelong support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For people to live successful and fulfilling lives in the community, they need to be provided with the same levels of supports throughout their entire lifespans. You will be hearing much more from us in the coming months about our advocacy around this critical issue.
Approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Let’s make sure each receives the early intervention support and continued services throughout their lives.