Autism Delaware is celebrating Autism Acceptance Month twice


April is National Autism Acceptance Month, and Autism Delaware is hosting its Spring Walks to support its three core programs for Delawareans.

Dan Getman, Delaware's autism development director, says these programs start with family support – this is given to children on the spectrum and their families in finding resources and other support.

“Each of us brings with it a lot of questions with every medical diagnosis, and there are often concerns or worries from parents. Our team here, a team of about 15 people, takes over 8,400 calls a year.” People looking for resources, looking for help in school.”

As a child reaches adulthood, Autism Delaware's Adult Services provides employment and work support. Funds from the annual walks also go toward community engagement efforts.

Getman says the commitment includes public events such as the Walk for Autism, which provide opportunities for people with autism to socialize with the support of family and friends.

“It's a good opportunity for the general public to see someone who may be different than them, but also to understand that a challenge or disability is just an opportunity to be a little different but still succeed, and That's exactly what we're here for.”

This year's Autism Delaware Walks for Autism will be held this Saturday, April 13, at Fort DuPont in Delaware City and April 20 at Hudson Fields in Milton.

Both are free and open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration is available on the Autism Delaware website.