The good news is that children with autism can learn and improve with the right interventions. And, the earlier a child is diagnosed and begins treatment the better the chances for improvement and the long-range outcome for that child.
In December 2003, we started NFAR in order to raise funds to help children with autism. As parents, we wanted to see effective treatments, resources and opportunities made available for ALL children with autism. And not just in their early life, but appropriate supports that would help those with autism reach their potential throughout their teen years and into adulthood.
Through our fundraising efforts such as the annual San Diego Race for Autism, we are funding outreach, pilot treatment projects educational programs and transitional studies. NFAR is working to optimize the learning environment for children with autism during school time hours. We are providing new opportunities for young adults with autism through our software testing and technical training programs, expanding their options for employment.
Today, our son with autism is continuing to make progress. He has plans for his future, and we want to give him those opportunities.
Children with autism deserve a future starting today.
Juan and Sharon Leon