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This week, we salute our DSPs for the amazing work they do for our agency 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We wanted everyone to know just how important our DSPS are and the things these professionals do by creating a special video to showcase all their hard work. Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2i4E-_mg8E

 

Adult Education classes will be offered this fall online! Over 20 courses that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home- no travel involved. Classes are open to the public. An especially exciting offering is the College Connection Reading tutoring. 

Check out all of the details here: files/AL_Registration_Form_Fall_2021.pdf

Registration deadline is: 9/15/21. 

Click here to Register, Donate or for more information: https://secure.frontstream.com/2021-walk-for-wildwood

By Michelle A. Brown

 

Another successful Legislative Day was held on March 4, 2021. It was quite different from last year, as we could not visit our legislators in person, however the first virtual experience was both productive and extremely positive. Representatives from Wildwood met with a combination of legislators and legislative aids; several of them spoke about family members with disabilities. It was clear that these officials had an understanding of both the challenges people with disabilities experience, and the importance of restoring funds to the disability community and its essential workforce. 

By Marianne Simon,
PsyD-Director of Behavioral and Therapeutic Supports

 

The hallmark characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are difficulties with communication and restrictive or repetitive behavior patterns. Data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) notes that in 2016, approximately 1 in 54 children had been diagnosed with an ASD by the age of 8 years old. Additionally, 84% of children had a developmental screening by age 3, which is a 10% increase from previous reports (CDC, 2020). The marked increase in early screenings and diagnosis at an earlier age is evidence that the field has made tremendous progress focusing on early intervention. It is widely recognized that earlier diagnosis and treatment leads to better outcomes for individuals on the Spectrum. The past 14 months, however, have certainly presented a challenge for families in accessing evaluations and interventions.

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