For the final 13 years, Barry Blevins and his household have been coping with the consequences of autism and the challenges of discovering certified well being care suppliers, specialists and providers geared to the rising autism group within the space.
Blevins, who spoke Monday to the local Kiwanis Club, stated one of many largest considerations for autism families is operating into local partitions.
“We can’t help you here,” Blevins stated he heard greater than as soon as from docs across the space.
Blevins stated the one specialised providers for locals coping with autism are throughout the state line in Chattanooga, to the southwest in Rome and south in metro Atlanta. He stated going to specialists and clinics which have lengthy ready lists is not sensible for some families.
“When you don’t have the resources to get the help you need it is very challenging,” Blevins stated. “A lot of people are really struggling for what to do.”
Blevins stated as his son grew older, he discovered help teams and knowledge by going to organizations in Chattanooga. As he spent extra time with them, he started to marvel if bringing these sorts of packages to Dalton and northwest Georgia was possible.
“Why can’t we do this here?” Blevins stated.
He stated he has been working with officers with the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership to supply extra occasions and extra options for assist. This summer time, his group introduced household films at AMC Walnut Square 12 particularly designed for autistic youngsters. The theater was not utterly darkish, whereas the soundtrack was toned down for much less loud noises. There even have been different specifically designed packages geared for autistic individuals, together with a splash pad occasion on the Mack Gaston Community Center and journeys to the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga.
On October 20, the group will maintain its third annual North Georgia Autism Conference on the conference middle (extra info is accessible on the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership’s web site at www.nghp.org beneath “What We Do,” then “Current Initiatives,” then “Autism”). Blevins stated as a result of the phrase has unfold concerning the group’s efforts and the rising variety of families affected, more room was wanted. But he additionally stated he wants extra help from the group to assist finance the initiative.
“We really hope the community responds,” Blevins stated. “Where we are now, we are building our community base and working to spread the awareness of autism in the community. There are a lot of things that have given me hope, and the response from the community is one of them.”
Blevins stated that in a 5-county space that features Whitfield County, greater than 1,000 families have an autistic member of the family. One in 68 individuals have signs on the autism spectrum, and boys are 4 occasions extra more likely to have autism.
“The demand for services and for help is far greater than the supply offered,” Blevins stated. “Hopefully, we can help out with some of the tougher times.”