WILC/PILS Educational Advocacy staff works with families of children, birth to 21, with special needs to aid in the advancement of their development and the security of their future.
According to the Autism Society of America, Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States. 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) totaling over 5 million young people and adults.
In the past several years, we have seen a growing increase in the need for educational advocacy and community supports for students with Autism and their families. Our Education and Advocacy Program, including the Parent Training and Information Center, offers special education workshops, information and referral services and direct case advocacy for students with special needs, students with Autism, their families, community agency staff and school professionals throughout the Hudson Valley.
Additionally, WILC provides a Housing Resource Guide for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Westchester. The guide assists people with ASD-I/ DD and their families to understand the systems and options for housing.