"If a child
can't learn in the way that we teach, then we must teach in a way
he can learn."Ivar Lovaas, Ph.D
Moorhead Families for Effective Autism Treatment)
Fargo Moorhead and Surrounding Area"
Due to the fact that the majority of families, the public,
including professionals in the medical, educational, and
vocational fields, are still unaware of how autism affects
people and how to work effectively with individuals with
autism, each member shall have but one purpose and that will be
to help families of children with autism, and those who work with
We shall do this by encouragement ... understanding ... providing
resources ... welcoming and giving comfort to ALL families, and
professionals regardless of their race, ethnic, social
boundaries, income, lifestyles and education level.
Giving comfort means, we will share our experiences ...
listen ... offer friendship ... resources ... and allow ALL
newcomers to learn what services are available to help
themselves, their families, and those working with them.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
Provide Information & Support
a. Maintain an up to date list of available specialists.
b. Help secure therapists to work at home with our children.
c. Establish a monthly resource and support meeting for families
with children diagnosed within the autism spectrum.
Help parents become informed and effective advocates for their
children in all settings, through knowledge about laws,
resources, and rights and responsibilities.
a. Provide training on the Individual with Disability
Education Act, I ndividual Education Plan, and American with
b. Provide information on local, state, and federal resources.
c. Provide an advocate and resources for families in relation to
all aspects needed to help the family maintain a unit and to
secure appropriate services.
a. Provide all options available for treatments for autism.
b. Provide education administration, teachers and students with
information about autism for a better understanding of how a
child with autism may learn and perceive their environment.
c. Provide mentors for families.
d. Reach out to the community for awareness of autism.
e. Provide the medical community information about the diagnoses
and treatment of autism, and the importance of early diagnoses.