Autism New Diagnosis Orientation

Learning that your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder can be overwhelming 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 and support their child with ASD. The sessions is free to attend, but registration is required. 

2024 Dates are as follows: Wednesday, January 17th - Tuesday, February 13th - Wednesday, March 20th - Wednesday, April 3rd - Wednesday, April 17th - Wednesday, May 8th - Tuesday, June 11th. Time is always 5:30 - 7pm. Other dates and times are available upon request.


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 basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder -ASD.  

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

  •  What an Autism Spectrum Disorder is and how it may affect individuals.
  • What types of interventions are available for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • 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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