Spectrum is unique in the high level of support provided, with services for all ages and abilities.
Spectrum was founded in 1998 by parents to provide autism-related support, education and resources in Gwinnett County. One-hundred people attended the first meeting – an obvious sign of the support needed in the community. The needs that existed for support camps, social skills training respite and family outings emerged, and we rose to the challenge to fill in the gaps.
Spectrum is unique in the high level of support provided, with services for all ages and abilities. The people we serve range from parents of preschoolers to adults, as well as grandparents and siblings. There’s also specific support and services for Latino and Korean families. We are the go-to resource, providing written materials in English, Spanish and Korean.
Spectrum’s mission is to provide support, education and resources for individuals and families impacted by autism, support groups, camps (both overnight and day camps), respite, social skills, groups, family events, community education and training – all of which improve lives in our community. We are now serving over 4,500 families with autism each year. Our monthly meetings draw diverse audiences of more than 250. Acceptance for all is the key.
What Would You Do with $5,000 and a Day of Service?
A day of service would bring volunteers for our largest annual event – Georgia Race for Autism and Fall Festival/Resource Fair – to assist with setup, running the event and more. The money would go toward computers for our technology program, replacing outdated equipment.