Autism Delaware announced the expansion of its statewide family support program.

Families who call for help and resources are connected to a support team that includes two new family navigators and long-time resource coordinator — for northern Delaware — Heidi Mizell and family service coordinator — for southern Delaware — Dafne Carnright.

The new family navigators are bilingual, so their goal is to provide more outreach to the Spanish-speaking community in addition to access to support for families affected by autism. Spanish-speaking families in northern Delaware can call Ivanka Carbajal at 224-6020, and in northern Delaware, Heidi Morales at 644-3410.

Managed by Autism Delaware family support program manager Annalisa Ekbladh, the family support team is also offering expanded parent education. For the long-running speaker series, the team is scheduling more experts to talk about the subjects that are important to the autism community. The family support team has created a workshop in partnership with the Delaware Autism Program that addresses the many questions and issues faced by the families of children who are newly diagnosed.

Called “Autism 101,” this ongoing workshop can be attended in either of the Autism Delaware offices or on Facebook Live. Autism Delaware’s family support program continues to offer parent packets filled with up-to-date information and resources, support groups, parent coffee hours, respite opportunities such as summer day camp and Lego club, and social recreation such as junior golf, swim club, the annual beach picnic, holiday parties, train rides, Blue Rocks games, and sensory friendly bowling, movies and roller skating.

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