ASK: A Parent-Driven Autism Community Support Center
Central Hub for Autism
Autism Site Knoxville serves as a central autism hub for information distribution, parent-led support groups, and autism training opportunities for the entire community.
With 1 in 68 children born this year expected to receive a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, a growing local population of children, care givers, and adults with autism need a home away from home where they can find autism resources, support, understanding, education, and recreation.
Several recent studies show a vast problem with isolation in the autism community as well as extreme stress levels in parents and caregivers. We believe the best way to solve these problems is creating a sensory-friendly environment that welcomes families to network with one another and to share their experiences from diagnosis to adult independence..
First Stop Resource Center
Autism Site Knoxville serves as a “first stop” resource center for both professionals with children with autism who are relocating to the area as well as for parents with children who have just been diagnosed.
ASK organizes social opportunities for individuals with autism of all ages and their families, both inside the ASK center and out and about in the community.
Autism Site Knoxville believes our community has great potential for fostering an autism-friendly environment. We believe individuals with autism and their families should feel welcome no matter where they go—whether it is school, church, a museum, or a restaurant. To help create this welcoming environment in our region, ASK is developing modules for autism training of local businesses, first responders, spiritual leaders, teachers, preschools, and parents & caregivers. Contact us if you want to know more about autism, no matter what your role in our community may be.
Not only will this center let others know my adult son exists in their community, the raised awareness would help keep him safe in the community while living independently. What a beautiful thing! Moms always want their children safe, no matter what age.
Just like every loving parent, I want a good life for my children. Knoxville needs a place for families, local businesses, and the community to come together to make our town more accessible for those with autism.
Our family benefits from having workshops and activities designed for children with autism spectrum disorders. It is challenging to find appropriate, fun things that we can all do together as a family elsewhere in the community.
Learning how to help my staff be more welcoming to special needs families is an invaluable service for my business and our community.
Children and teenagers on the autism spectrum are at risk of falling through the cracks. Knoxville is a city ready to catch these children and provide support to their families.
Training at ASK will be a great opportunity for educators to learn methods of ensuring students with autism spectrum disorders have academic success as well as positive classroom experiences with their peers.
I am excited to have an autism-friendly place where my family can share experiences with other Knoxville families. No parents should have to feel like they are alone.