Autism New Diagnosis Orientation

Learning that your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder can be overwhelming, frightening, and confusing. You are not alone in this new journey.  This program provides families a solid foundation as they begin their journey to care for, teach, and support their child with ASD. Sessions are free to attend, but registration is required. 

At this time, we are scheduling these virtual trainings for 2024. Please submit your information so we can contact you with our 2024 schedule, and you can select your session time and date.


If you have questions or would prefer to register via phone please contact Jennifer Simpson at or call (309)686-1177

 The New Diagnosis Family Orientation Program (Autism 101) is designed to assist parents, extended family and friends in understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders -ASD.  Designed to be the first step in the family’s journey to secure introductory ASD information, the program will benefit any family with a child who has been recently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 During the session, parents, family and friends of a child who has been recently diagnosed with ASD will learn:

  •  What Autism Spectrum Disorders are and how they affect individuals.
  • What types of interventions are available for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • What community resources are available for parents, families and professionals living/working with individuals with ASD.

Funding is provided in whole or in part by The Autism Program of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Human Services.





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