How We Started
The Island Autism Group (IAG), was originally founded by the mothers of two boys with autism. The boys attended the Project Headway preschool on Martha's Vineyard. The first efforts were fundraisers to augment the existing programs on the island. From humble beginnings and with help from teachers, therapists, friends and other parents, the small group has developed into its own non profit. Our purpose is to support children from the island and their families, as they live their lives with autism.
IAG does not have one viewpoint on how to approach autism. Instead we are constantly in discussion about how to approach each individuals autism and each family's situation. We believe that sharing our collective knowledge gives each of us the power to enrich the lives of people with autism. IAG provides music for preschoolers, therapeutic riding, sensory camp, equipment for sensory therapy and iPads for children on the spectrum.
We continue to evolve and reconfigure our vision. We have dreams of developing a camp where families could come and visit the island and meet other families. Children with Autism could receive sensory therapy, speech and learn to swim, ride, paint and plant. Their siblings could meet. Their mothers and fathers could meet and learn about diet, ipads, approaches to daily living and living full, happy lives with Autism. We have accomplished a lot and we realize that much of this is far off in the future, but we keep growing and are confident we will realize these dreams.