Happy New Year Autism Community!
I hope the holidays were good to all of you and the families you serve. As difficult as the long months of winter can be at times, I have also found this time of year an ideal time to reflect on the progress and many accomplishments we’ve seen; thousands more first responders trained, hundreds of families throughout the state who have benefited from our Navigator program, BCBA licensure and Seclusion/Restraint legislation, which was passed after years of advocacy, and so much more. None of this would be possible without the support of our community, especially those who support our annual Michigan Shines for Autism Gala and Autism Hero Walk. Funds raised during these crucial events have allowed AAoM to touch over 30,000 lives in Michigan to date.
Speaking of progress, I have been thinking back to the earliest years of my career, long before iPads, YouTube, and even Google! So much has changed and it is very exciting to think about how technology has provided the means for so many individuals with autism to better communicate, learn, socialize and even secure a job. However, we also recognize the negative influence of these same technologies, if mismanaged or abused. This month’s newsletter is dedicated to this very topic and we hope you will enjoy the content and share with others who might benefit. Per usual, we are here, to answer questions and provide professional guidance on this topic and most others.
Happy January – keep warm, stay safe, and take some time to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished together in our state. It definitely takes a village…
Colleen Allen, Ph.D.,
President and CEO, Autism Alliance of MI
Governor Appointee, MI Autism Council