Autism Urban Connections: Autism support for Pittsburgh’s Black community

Black families in Pittsburgh have an autism resource many cities don’t: Autism Urban Connections, Inc.

Founded in 2015, Autism Urban Connections is the first and only African American, minority, family-focused autism 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the state. The group provides education, support, advocacy, and empowerment to autistic individuals and their families.

This includes access to resources and services that assist autistic individuals live a meaningful and quality life.

Education & advocacy

Autism Urban Connections gives daily phone and online support to African Americans who need help with a suspected or new autism diagnosis. The organization helps families find early screening tools for diagnosis and identify early intervention services.

Their staff provides information about healthcare, special education, housing, and justice system information and resources. The agency supports people as they learn to advocate for themselves or loved ones.

Family support

Advocating for and providing care to a loved one with autism requires patience, time, and determination! That’s why Autism Urban Connections encourages family members to take care of themselves. The organization holds regular information sessions, training workshops, support groups for parents and caregivers, and family fun community gatherings.

Self-care & empowerment

The organization helps individuals and parents develop skills to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, and advocate for themselves and their needs.

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