a Voice for Autistic Individuals...

au-some.co.za | a Voice for autistic individuals

About Us

Au-some Kids #voice4cruz started in 2019 by a mother and her child with the need to openly talk about their journey in hope to raise awareness and form a sense of therapy which ultimately lead to self discovery, hopes, and a dream.

As a mother of an autistic child, receiving the initial diagnosis came as a complete shock accompanied by different emotions such as denial and frustration. These emotions lead to immediately turning to the web for information.

There is so much overwhelming information available that it began to confuse my emotions and I was overcome by a feeling of doubt.

The internet describes autism as one specific disorder which does not encompass that the spectrum for autism is wide and very unique for each child.

As I compared the list of autistic struggles to what I was seeing within my child, I came to the conclusion that my child was misdiagnosed. This denial resulted in losing two years of valuable early intervention in the development for my child.

The initiative of Au-some Kids #voice4cruz grew into a passion, which was initiated and officially established in 2020 by Jo West focusing on the issue around lack of accurate knowledge and guidance regarding autism.

au-some.co.za | a Voice for autistic individuals

Our Mission

Au-some Kids #voice4cruz is committed in helping parents/legal-guardian/community have a better understanding of the daily struggles autistic individuals go through and how to better assist and support a loved one/friend/colleague be comfortable in any environment which will lead to unlocking their unique abilities. Lead a potential positive, happy, successful life. We aim to achieve this through:

– Guiding parents by providing in-depth knowledge through experience and ongoing support in achieving a better understanding of the needs specific to their child.

– Development of outreach programs in rural areas to assist parent and autistic children.

– Training for first responders to better assist a person on the spectrum in an emergency situation.

– Raising further awareness of autism and to promote change within the current system, acceptance and inclusion of individuals on the Autism Spectrum within the communities.

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