According to the CDC, 1 in 59 children are now diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Royal Ball Run for Autism will be hosting the 2nd annual Quad City area Autism Resource Fair to introduce families to over 40 local service providers which offer resources, support, and programs that can help.
“Despite the prevalence of autism, readily available resources for families managing a diagnosis – or even determining whether their child has autism, has not kept up with demand,” said Jen Hartmann, president of Royal Ball Run for Autism (RBR). “We actually started Royal Ball Run to not only raise awareness, but to invest in and connect families with local programs and services that can help.”
During the resource fair, the RBR organization will unveil the first-ever Quad City area comprehensive autism resource guide – The Royal Guide. Seeded with a donation by the Quad City Parrothead Club, the online guide includes traditional services such as speech and language therapy, guidance for where to turn for a diagnosis, and even parent-recommended referrals for service providers such as dentists, daycares and barbers.
“Parents are often confused and uncertain where to turn,” said Steve Inman, resource coordinator for RBR. “The resource fair and our new guide, The Royal Guide, have been designed to take that stress out of the equation, and to offer some guidance on where to turn. Sometimes that might even mean knowing which service providers are comfortable working with children on the spectrum.”
All listings in the resource guide were recommended by parents and were then contacted to be included. More information and a link to the guide will be shared during the resource fair.