"It has been a journey parenting an Autistic child and also my favorite path that I've traveled in life"
- Wanneh A. Dixon, Founder, Parent & Advocate
Our programs are designed to develop social/emotional skills, support caregivers' emotional needs, and promote inclusivity in the community. We recognize the high cost of care associated with an Autistic child, so we commit to keep program fees as low as possible to ensure that income is not a barrier to participation and use donations to subsidize costs.
Parents of children with autism face unique challenges that only other parents of autistic children can understand. Join us on the 3rd Thursday of every month to discuss challenges, coping skills and share tips with other parents.
SaturPlay Social is a 6 week program that provides a supportive environment for Autistic kids to play and continue to develop the essential skills needed for emotional growth while also providing respite for parents and caregivers.
The weekend retreat provides parents and other caregivers respite that provides temporary relief, improves family stability, and reduces the risk of abuse or neglect. Take a break, you deserve it.
Families affected by autism may choose not to go to an event to avoid having to explain a child’s behavior in public. We host events that are Autism-friendly to open doors to new opportunities for families affected by autism and other special needs.
Autism is global, but understanding and resources are not. Building on our initial social and health services program in Liberia, West Africa, LAPPA will increase awareness, acceptance and support for individuals with special needs by building linkages between the Ministries of Health, Education and Youth & Sports.
This is a gym where children play to learn. It provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. When completed, it will have a sensory room, therapy room, play area, indoor pool and a fun space for all kids to enjoy.
Community Development Outreach and Training (CDOT), Inc. was founded in 2014 by Wanneh A. Dixon to address vulnerable children's social and health needs. In 2020, the organization established the CDOT Autism Center to broaden its mission to focus on families impacted by Autism.
Wanneh's son was diagnosed with Autism, which led to difficulties navigating the emotional, financial, and physical demands required to support him.
As the parent of a child with Autism, she advocates for his care and faces challenges connecting to services and programs that meet his needs.
The mission of the Center is to increase awareness and access to appropriate services and supports that lead to significantly improved outcomes for individuals and their families while creating social awareness of Autism in the community.
While Autism isn't new, the information about resources is not easily accessible, nor is it easy to connect to parents for insights, and frequently the diagnosis leads to social isolation, so our vision is to be a comprehensive center that provides a compassionate environment to empower, educate and engage.
Your contribution enables us to meet our goal to provide support, programs and education in the community.
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