Why we RAISE
Currently in this province, direct funding for home-based ASD interventions drops dramatically when a child turns six years old, often resulting in a significant reduction of vital services that parents can no longer afford for their children. RAISE seeks to support families in need to ensure their children with ASD will continue to benefit from the interventions that can have such a positive effect on their lives after they turn six.
At RAISE, we seek to empower youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities in order to allow them to live as independently as possible in the future.
Many children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) face significant challenges in three important areas of functioning that can greatly affect their ability to learn and form friendships:
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT and communication are often major challenges for those with ASD. When first diagnosed, many individuals have little or no speech, or their language is not functional for effective communication and conversation.
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT can be compromised because many people diagnosed with ASD have difficulty understanding social cues and use few social cues themselves to try to initiate interactions with others.
BEHAVIOURAL CHALLENGES can interfere with the ability of youth with ASD to learn independently and maintain typical relationships with family members and others in the community.