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Autism Society of Middle Tennessee
ASMT was founded in 1996 and is the leading advocate and resource for the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) community in Middle Tennessee. Through education, advocacy, support, and resource management, ASMT fulfills its mission to improve the lives of all Middle Tennesseans affected by autism spectrum disorders. Its mission includes serving not only individuals on the autism spectrum and their parents, but also extended family members, educators, therapists, professionals in the field, and the community at large. This grant will provide partial support for three parent peer counselors. 76 of 96 (79%) will self report feeling less isolated and more socially connected to the autism community after 2 months. 65 of 96 (67%) will self report feeling more prepared to manage the stressors of caring for an individual with an ASD after 6 months. 60 of 96 (62%) will self report having implemented a plan (health, educational, or service-related) for an individual on the spectrum after 6 months.