As of March 2020, we are now offering this program virtually through Zoom!
Mentors are both parents and professionals with strong knowledge of autism spectrum disorders in addition to a passion and commitment for empowering those who face the daily challenges of raising or educating a child with autism. Mentors are there to lend an ear, help families problem solve, find the help they need for their child and offer emotional support.
The Mentor Program is a way to provide face-to-face support in a caring and warm environment for families new to the autism diagnosis. Mentors are both parents and professionals with strong knowledge of autism spectrum disorders in addition to a passion and commitment for empowering those who face the daily challenges of raising or educating a child with autism.
ATPF holds various Mentor Events at our office throughout the year for our paired families, along with a variety of on-going community and social events for parents and mentors. Anyone whose child has been recently diagnosed with autism is eligible to receive a mentor and attend these events at no cost to the family.
The mentoring program is available in both English and Spanish.
Join us in a community of parents learning and sharing as we all navigate distancing learning! We are excited to introduce a NEW branch of our ATPF Parent Mentor Program, once a month Special Education Advocacy Workshops led by Volunteer Director of our Parent Mentor Program & Special Education Advocate Michelle McGowan.
This class will provide 20 minutes of knowledge and advice on a specific Special Education Advocacy topic, then will allow parents to sharing their challenges and successes, get peer support, and collaborate on more effective ways to educate and advocate for our children.
Looking for more resources for your child? View our ATPF Referral & Resource Binder (English) & ATPF Carpeta de Recursos Y Referencias (Español)
Since 2003, the ATPF Parent Mentor Program has served more than 1,200 families to date!