We host and encourage autism-friendly and inclusive events, and we partner with organizations that serve individuals on the spectrum and their families so that together, we can build more equitable and inclusive communities.
We train and educate professionals and paraprofessionals who interface with individuals on the spectrum, and provide them with practical, research-based methods and techniques that enrich and expand the services they provide.
We advocate for families whose adult children with autism have aged out of the system of services so that they can continue to receive support.
Whole Spectrum Autism champions autism acceptance and inclusion by facilitating community engagement and serving as a voice for families whose loved ones are on the spectrum.
At the center of everything we do is the firm belief that all communities should strive to serve each and every member equitably. Without the right tools and education, however, this becomes a virtually impossible feat. Children and adults on the autism spectrum are so individual in terms of needs and ability to interact, that most often we only see those who are on the “higher” end of the spectrum because they are more adaptable to environments outside the home. There is, however, an entire population of families who are unable to partake in community life because we just do not provide a safe community space for their loved ones and for them.
Whole Spectrum Autism facilitates meaningful community partnerships so that families that have a loved one with autism can truly feel like they are part of the greater community because they are included, accepted, and understood. Autism acceptance means that families with loved ones on the spectrum feel comfortable in public spaces and at events because neuro-diverse behaviors such as vocalizing or stimming have been normalized. Inclusivity is not just a matter of culture or race – it’s a matter of critically looking at how to enrich community engagement by serving the needs of the many, not just the few. And, it requires the commitment of the many to make it a reality.
My name is Jacqueline De Jesus. I reside in the South Bronx. I am a mom to an autistic 10 year old boy, Ethan Thompson. He was diagnosed with high function autism, sensory processing disorder and developmental delay. In the Bronx we don’t have much programming for kids with autism so my son always missed out on fun things to do because it’s so overwhelming. When my cousin Angelica sent me the IG post of your page I was so excited to finally see a program we can be a part of. I don’t mind traveling on public transportation just to take my son so he can learn to socialize with kids just like him and see he is not different. It’s amazing to see the things that Whole Spectrum Autism is doing for the kids and for free. I pray this program can be extended to the Bronx as we have a lot of autistic kids with little resources in our area. I had a group of parents that would have loved to attend but the distance makes it hard for them. My hope is for the next event to get a rental to be able to bring my fellow autistic moms. I look forward to many more events and expansions to different states and boroughs. We are so excited to attend the Santa event as it’s the day before his 11th birthday and my son loves Christmas. ❤️
Jacqueline De Jesus
Thursday, June 22, 2023
8th Annual Autism Acceptance
Video Recap of the Gala 2022 Event: