The Wood County Society is honored to build a collaboration and partnership with Marshall University and the Marshall University Autism Training Center to bring advocacy, education, and programming to the Mid-Ohio Valley under the Wood County Society’s Mid-Ohio Valley Autism Network.
The collaboration between Wood County Society and Marshall University Autism Training Center was established due to the need for Autism Awareness and Advocacy in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Wood County Society’s Mid-Ohio Valley Autism Network was developed to assist in providing opportunities of support, learning and socialization. Since the program’s inception, the full development of offering individual services to youth and adults with ASD will come to fruition. “The West Virginia Autism Training Center (ATC), located at Marshall University, supports individuals with autism as they pursue a life of quality. A “life of quality” – for all people, really – can exist when one feels connected to a community, has available options and the ability to make choices, and lives among people who understand one’s needs. It’s with that focus that the WV ATC is pleased to partner with the Wood County Society to bring greater awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder to the Mid-Ohio Valley. It is our hope this collaboration will improve life quality for individuals with ASD and their families, and for those who teach and care for them”- stated Dr. Marc Ellison of Marshall University Autism Training Center.
Wood County Society is partnering with Marshall University in developing the individual services and programming that will include behavioral therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy as well as advocacy, educational resources and seminars to parents, educators and medical and mental health professionals. The Mid-Ohio Valley Autism Network will be developed in the following three stages:
- Education: Educational seminars will be held to assist youth, families, healthcare professionals and mental health professionals in understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Programming: The MOV Autism Network is in the process of building a core component for youth and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In part, the MOV Autism Network will potentially provide services such as Speech Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy to assist youth and adults in development and growth.
- Advocacy: The MOV Network will provide Autism Advocacy to allow for the education and services to grow within the Mid-Ohio Valley. Autism Advocacy will allow the formation of community support, familial support and events that will bring the Autism Community together.
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