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Welcome to Mothers and Autism Meetup

Testimonial

Richanda, Emporia, VA

Becoming a part of the Mothers and Autism Meetup (MAAM) organization has been a life-changing journey for both my 3-year-old daughter, who is on the spectrum, and me. Before discovering MAAM, I faced many struggles trying to advocate for my daughter’s needs. The journey was often overwhelming, as I tirelessly sought out and researched every possible resource to support her development and well-being. Joining MAAM opened a door to a community where understanding and support are abundant. Here, I’ve connected with moms who face similar challenges, turning struggles into shared successes. The resources and advice I’ve received have been invaluable, guiding me through the maze of information and services available for children with autism. More than just a group, MAAM has given me a circle of friends, a treasure trove of knowledge, and the strength to advocate more effectively for my daughter.

I encourage all moms, dads, and caregivers navigating the world of autism to join us. Your journey doesn’t have to be a solitary one. MAAM offers not just support, but a family ready to walk this path with you, offering guidance, friendship, and invaluable resources every step of the way. Together, we can make a difference in our children’s lives.

67

Childrens Supported

30+

Persons donated till now

10

Meetups Organzied

What Is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain.  Autism  refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 36 children in the United States today.

We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges.  Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others can work and live with little to no support.

As children with ASD become adolescents and young adults, they may have difficulties developing and maintaining friendships, communicating with peers and adults, or understanding what behaviors are expected in school or on the job. They may come to the attention of healthcare providers because they also have conditions such as anxiety, depression, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which occur more often in people with ASD than in people without ASD.

Quoted from and to learn more visit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mission

Mothers And Autism Meetup is a community-based organization that’s dedicated to helping mothers with children on the autism spectrum.  MAAM helps by equipping mothers through educational, financial, and community resources. We also provide children with opportunities to break social barriers through community events.  This will help mothers to advocate effectively, while teaching our children about peer awareness and acceptance. 

Vision

We envision a world where every mother finds the strength, perseverance, and love to navigate the autism journey with grace and poise. While each child can build the confidence they need for a unique and thriving future.

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