Four years ago when Laura Moeller learned her two-year-old son Cameron had autism she didn’t know where to turn.
Overwhelmed by doctors appointment and paperwork, she and her husband Brian struggled to find a way to make taking care of a special needs child a little easier.
“We were kind of lead in the wrong direction a few times and had so much trial and error because there are so many services out there we didn’t know about and that we wouldn’t have found unless we did our own research,” Moeller said.
That’s when she created the Buffalo Autism Project ,a non-profit organization that connects parents with schools, therapist and recreational programs specifically for kids on the spectrum.
Moeller says that having those resources readily available in one place can make the process seen a little less daunting.
“We have 30 different vendors come and parents are able to just walk around and see what’s available. A lot of times if you commit to this place they can answer your questions and talk to you more.”
The organization also holds free monthly events giving families the chance to bond with other parents, so they know that they’re not alone.
“We do monthly play groups for kids and last year we did trick or treating at the zoo. We had parents say my son hasn’t trick or treated in years and now he’s able to go so it was a really good experience,” Moeller said.