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The purpose of this site is to provide a central location of autism information for parents, caregivers, educators, and all people touched by autism. This site contains:

  • Autism resources available in or near the Cedar Valley.
  • Autism information.
  • A starting point for families beginning their journey with autism.

Update - We will not be having formal meetings during this academic year due to low attendance and lack of interest. During summer 2010, we will reevaluate the decision.

This website will continue to be updated! Thank you!

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Visions for Tomorrow - Free Class through NAMI Black Hawk County

A free eight-week class for family members and caregivers of children and adolescents who have brain disorders, including ADD/ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Tourette’s.  Teachers are trained through NAMI Iowa, the state office.  The course offers an opportunity to share mutual experiences and learn valuable lessons from other participants in a supportive environment.  The class covers a variety of educational material and provides ideas for day-to-day caregiving skills.  Topics include accessing school services, advocacy, coping and communication, IDEA, problem management, self-care, and the recovery cycle.

NAMI Black Hawk County will offer the class every Thursday from September 22 to November 10, 2011.  It will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the lower level at the First Congregational Church, 608 West 4th Street, in Waterloo.

Registration is required for the class.  A stipend of up to $75 per family is available through the state office to help a family who needs to cover the cost of a childcare provider.  If you have questions, need more information, or would like to register, please contact Leslie Cohn at NAMI Black Hawk County, 319-235-5263 or by email at


Wretches & Jabberers - Movie at College Square, Cedar Falls
The  film  "Wretches  and Jabberers" is  coming to the College Square Theater  in Cedar Falls May 12th  at 7:30pm! This is  a  film about two men with Autism who type to communicate. It is directed  by Gerardine  Wurzburg who directed "Autism  is a World".  To learn  more go to Please plan on attending and bring  a friend. You won 't  regret it!  Inclusion Connection is the host  and our goal is to pack the house with  at least 100 people. Please RSVP to Jean Trainor at  

PBS series about autism . . .this has excellent information!
 Running for Autism 2009 Minimize
Chris Rouw successfully finished the Des Moines Marathon on October 18th, 2009.  Click here to learn how you can sponsor Chris in this race for the purpose of raising money for autism research.  Thanks to your generous donations Chris has raised more than $1,000.  Thank you for your support!  Des Moines Marathon