The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center has a history steeped in parental and professional collaborative involvement.
Although CCASC was formalized as a 501(c)3 tax exempt corporation in December of 2007, some of the founders began the vision through an organization called The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Kids Foundation, which began in May of 2006. The CCASK Foundation was founded by parents and professionals discussing the state of autism services and information in our area, and realized that without awareness and funding, there would be little positive systems change.
With incorporation, the CCASC has continued the work of the CCASK Foundation, while shifting the focus to the creation of a physical center that serves San Luis Obispo County. We continue working to expand and centralize autism related information and services.
Beginning as a website with centralized local resources and information, the CCASC continues to add to the programs and services offered. Through a generous donation from California PsychCare in October of 2008, CCASC has opened the doors of the first and only Center for autism spectrum disorders in San Luis Obispo County.
ASC is working to provide support and services to individuals throughout the lifetime- from early diagnosis and intervention, through pre-vocational and vocational training, to transitional services and beyond.
Because ASD’s affect more than the individual diagnosed, ASC provides support for parents and grandparents and will offer workshops and play groups for siblings and families. Just as we aim to support families throughout their journey, ASC will provide support, training and education for professionals in our communities. Many professionals work side by side with children or adults on the spectrum, and may not know how to best serve them, or how to bring out the individuals best strengths. By providing education, training, and community outreach, ASC can support those that work closest with those affected by autism spectrum disorders.