Did you know that autism affects one in every 54 children born in the state of Utah? Because of its prevalence, many organizations have sprung into action around the beehive state with a common goal in mind—to promote access to resources and educational information for those that have or are affected by autism. One of these organizations is the Autism Council of Utah.
The ACU, which was established in 2005, is the leading autism council in the state of Utah. The council directly focuses on supporting other autism related organizations and agencies and works to maintain and improve services and resources for people with autism throughout the state.
Some of their major projects include:
- Sponsoring and hosting autism conferences, workshops and trainings around the state
- Representing ACU in important regulatory arenas such as the Governor’s Commission for Early Childhood Development, Utah Autism Initiative, Special Care Advisory Board, DSPD Lifespan Respite Coalition, Special Educator, pediatric grand rounds and the Utah Council for Exceptional Children (to name a few)
- Introducing and implementing important projects such as the Autism Specialty License Plate, DVDs such as Autism and Faith and Law Enforcement Training, as well as legislative education
The ACU leadership team is made up parents, agency support and community members that seek to get the right information, initiatives and resources for autism out into the community. If you’re interested in joining efforts or volunteering, visit their membership page today to receive ACU updates for events, programs and ACU-led state initiatives.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has also teamed up with ACU through its charitable chapter, the Coldwell Banker Community Foundation, to provide yet another way for community members to get involved, spread awareness, and raise money for ACU. On September 19, Coldwell Banker Utah will be hosting the inaugural Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism.
Cyclists will start and finish at the Utah Culture Celebrate Center at 1355 West 310 South, with routes and distances that are suitable for all riding levels. In addition to cycling, there will be great music, delicious food, and family-friendly festivities at the Utah Culture Celebration Center for all those in attendance.
Want to learn more about the Autism Council of Utah and the upcoming Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism? Please visit parkwaypedal.com.