Supporting Autism Support & Education

March 14, 2012 Updated Mar 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM EDT

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March 14, 2012 Updated Mar 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Jana Mertz from the Center for Autism Support and Education (CASE) stopped by Channel 7's "Eyewitness News This Morning" to tell Patrick Taney and Ginger Geoffery about the organization, and the work that they do.

CASE is a free resource for parents and family members of individuals with individuals having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as respite and recreation providers.

Parent Network of WNY administers this program about autism through a grant funded by the Family Support Services (FSS) department of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Collaborative organizations include Autistic Services, Inc., Daemen College, Early Childhood Direction Center, Parent Network of WNY and Summit Educational Resources, The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

CASE provides:

Information and Referral service which connects people with the information and resources regarding ASD, community resources, available services and many other relevant concerns through one-on-one support and assistance. Information and Referral Services is the link between parents and professionals and the resources within the community for individuals with ASD.

Conferences and workshops which provide information and education about specific topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Support Group for parents and family members of children with ASD: an opportunity for families in a welcoming environment to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support. The support group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Parent Network (1000 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202).

Upcoming events provided by CASE and The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

Support Groups: March 14, April 18, May 9, June 13, 2012.

Newly Diagnosed with ASD workshop: Saturday, March 24, 2012… 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Parent Network of WNY 1000 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14202

Your child has just been given a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). What does that mean? What should you do next? Participants in this workshop will learn about supports and services available through school, doctors and other community resources and walk away with the information necessary to take the next steps toward success.

Where to go for more information:

Call: (716) 332-4170 or 1-866-277-4762 (toll free)

Email:: info@parentnetworkwny.org.

Website: http://www.parentnetworkwny.org/Programs/CASE