Easter Seals Nebraska's initiative to address the special needs of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) stems from a continually growing number of individuals in this population. Together, with other Easter Seals affiliates, Easter Seals Headquarters, and Easter Seals' New Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research, Easter Seals Nebraska belongs to a nationwide network of services for individuals with ASD across the lifespan.
Many Easter Seals affiliates are currently providing programs and services addressing autism in the following areas: In-school programs, PLAY projects, Early Intervention, Evaluations, Camp and Respite programs, Easter Seals Autism Center for Excellence, etc. Easter Seals Nebraska addresses this need through the services it already provides to Nebraskans with disabilities through its Summer Camp and Mini-Camp Respite Weekends. An Autism Camp Advisory Council meets periodically to discuss relevant community needs, programming ideas and funding issues.
The Camp, Respite and Recreation department strives to offer at least one Mini-Camp Respite Weekend and at least one week of Summer Camp for youth with autism each year. As part of these highly adapted camps, participants have access to a sensory room, communication devices, and other adaptations to make participants' experience something they will long remember. The independence and social skills learned here can translate directly into life at home, helping make those once difficult challenges of daily transitions a thing of the past.
For other Autism (ASD) services please refer to the Autism Center of Nebraska www.autismcenterofnebraska.org