April is Autism Awareness Month, a time to learn more about this disorder that impacts one in 68 children.
Veronica Cordell started a nonprofit one year ago for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families called Autism Site Knoxville.
"This place was built by parents for parents, so when parents come and they've just gotten a diagnosis with autism or they just want to learn more about resources for their child who may have been diagnosed for a long time and may even be an adult, then we have a place to send them," she explained.
In addition to meeting rooms and classrooms, Autism Site Knoxville also features play rooms for different age groups.
"The preschool play room is actually loved by all ages," Cordell said. "One of the things that we have specifically in here is that we make sure we don't have any noisy toys because we have a lot of children who are really sensitive to sound. We want to make sure they don't have things that might alarm them or make them not want to come back."
During its first year, the nonprofit has been able to start and sustain many programs.
"We have new programs popping up all the time," Cordell said. "Some that serve parents, some that serve individuals with autism, some that serve the siblings. We are trying to make sure the whole family has something because if one person has autism, really the whole family has autism."
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