April is Minority Health Month as well as Autism Awareness Month. The Light It Up Blue campaign is held annually on April 2nd. Many minorities are affected by Autism and are being diagnosed more and more each year. There are many resources available for younger children and adults with autism, but the teenaged group has not had a resource designed specifically for them until the SRC opened in Toledo. Most often, they are too old for daycare and too young for adult services, thus, the Self Reliance Center fills that void in services for youth living with autism. The SRC is open year round, including full day hours during some Holidays and in inclement weather, such as snow days.
The Ohio Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo is supporting the SRC this Spring, by collecting donation of the following items:
- Board Games
- Learning/Developmental Activities
- Art Supplies
- Craft Kits and Supplies
- Monetary donations (please contact the Director, Sandy, for more information)
- and other activities that may be suitable for individuals or groups
The Mission Statement is to foster appropriate social skills, daily living skills,vocational skills and independence in individuals ages 12 through 22 within the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
They also work with several amazing partners, Autism Model School, Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism (GLCA), & Toledo Children’s Hospital.
Funding is provided through a 21st Century Community Learning Grant from the Ohio Department of Education. This is a 5 year grant that is reapplied for once our 5 years is up. Funding is also provided by private pay, scholarships, extended school year services, and the Board of Developmental Disabilities.