Autism Acceptance Month at Jay Nolan Community Services

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Jay Nolan Community Services celebrates Autism Acceptance Month in order to help everyone empower, support, and accept adults and children on the Autism Spectrum.

JNCS Autism Acceptance Month 2015

Jay Nolan Community Service Autism Acceptance Month

26-year-old Hunter Larkin, having Autism did not stop him from dreaming of running his own business

While each month commemorates health diversity in order to raise awareness, April has come to represent those with Autism. During April, Jay Nolan Community Services actively shows support and acceptance for those with Autism and other developmental disabilities as well as for those family members, friends, and community members.

To date, Jay Nolan Community Services has helped over 9,750 people with Autism and other developmental disabilities by learning about an individual’s hopes, dreams, desires, as well as any needs for assistance and support through a discovery process. Jay Nolan Community Services has worked hard to support, accept, and empower valued lives in the community alongside their non-disabled counterparts. Autism Acceptance Month emphasizes that each person has the ability to make personalized decisions that will facilitate independent living and achieve personal dreams.

For 26-year-old Hunter Larkin, having Autism did not stop him from dreaming of running his own business. Jay Nolan Community Services has helped to support this dream and now Larkin prints and sells his artwork on tote bags using environmentally friendly ink. Hunter has several designs on squareup for purchase, including a special tote bag for Jay Nolan Community Services.

Jay Nolan Community Services takes active steps to help provide direct instruction for individuals, like Larkin, to successfully learn to independently live, work, participate, and connect with their local communities. When JNCS transformed their services from the traditional (group homes, day programs, etc.) to more personalized and individualized supports in 1993, they realized that everyone deserves the chance to live in their own homes, for adults with autism to have real jobs in the community, and for all people with autism to have friends and other positive relationships.

For those at Jay Nolan Community Services, Autism Acceptance simply means treating everyone, not just those with Autism, with the respect, support, and inclusion they deserve. This April, JNCS proudly supports and allies with Autism Acceptance, so that everyone has the opportunity to live happy and healthy lives.

About Jay Nolan Community Services
The mission of Jay Nolan Community Services, Inc. (JNCS) is to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other Developmental Disabilities to live fulfilling lives as members of the community by providing support services customized to their individual needs. Since 1975, JNCS has served over 9,750 people with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities in the community. With over 550 full and part time staff, JNCS ensures each individual is given the opportunity to utilize consultation services, enhanced support, supported employment, supported and independent living options, as well as family support services.

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