Board of Directors
West Georgia Autism Foundation was created in June 2017 by community leaders in the West Georgia area who were concerned about the financial burden many families affected by autism face.
We are a diverse group of people from nine west Georgia counties (Carroll, Cobb, Paulding, Douglas, Troup, Haralson, Coweta, Polk, and Heard) who are committed to improving the lives of those people with autism.
President - Harry Nelson
Vice President - Vacant
Treasurer - Vacant
Secretary - Becky Nelson
WHAT IS AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by people who have challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. There is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.
The term "spectrum" reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. "High functioning" or people on the upper level of the spectrum have the same condition that is commonly referred to as Asperger's Syndrome.
Autism's most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier.
Our mission is to enrich the lives of families throughout West Georgia touched by autism by providing support, promoting awareness, and educating the community
The West Georgia Autism Foundation serves families in our community who have autistic children or adults in the home and financially struggle with providing vital services such as autism treatment, counseling, equine therapy, and many others