Autism Delaware recently expanded its programming options for Delaware families affected by autism spectrum disorder because of state funding through the Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism.

The DNEA is a multi-agency collaborative network led by the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies.The goal is to increase the available training surrounding autism.

Autism Delaware’s expanded family support services are organized around the theme “Reach out before you burn out.” The program provides a year-long calendar of available parent training and accessibility through Facebook Live and a new collaboration with the state’s education program, the Delaware Autism Program. Called Autism 101, it addresses a range of needs noticed over the years by DAP and Autism Delaware staff.

Also with the state funding through the DNEA, two family navigators are being added to the Autism Delaware staff. Both navigators are bilingual, so their goal is to provide more outreach to Delaware’s Spanish-speaking community.

Finally, the establishment of the DNEA also served as the impetus for a collaborative effort with autism agencies, such as Autism Delaware, DAP, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, La Red Health Center, the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies and Delaware Family Voices.

For information, visit autismdelaware.org or call 224-6020, ext. 218.