Before we delve too deep in the exciting news we want to share with everyone, we would like to give you some background that gives even more meaning and importance to our cause:
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Autism is referred to as a spectrum disorder due to the range of severity within the diagnostic boundaries.
Autism affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S. with 1 in 42 boys being diagnosed with autism. It can also affect any individual regardless of ethnicity, where they live, or how much money they make. Today, more than 3.5 million Americans live with autism spectrum disorder; and one of our employees, Carlissa, has a 4-year old son with a form of the disorder. This sparked her drive and her passion to ensure that Park becomes a certified Autism Friendly Business! So, Park Community Credit Union teamed up with FEAT of Louisville to help get us started! We are the FIRST financial institution to be part of this initiative. We recognized that becoming an Autism Friendly Business will allow us to reach more individuals and help better even more lives!
So what is this initiative you might be asking?
The Autism Friendly Business Initiative focuses on encouraging and training local businesses in the area of Autism Awareness, Acceptance, and Appreciation. The vision is to see our community become not only welcoming to individuals with Autism spectrum disorder, but where those individuals can become valued, participating members. The Autism Friendly Business Initiative is a unique collaboration of parents, professionals, and community members who provide quality support and training that is accessible to all businesses to create a platform for Autism awareness.
Soon you will notice the AFBI logo, which communicates that Park is the “place” for those with Autism to find understanding through education and a ‘judgment free’ zone for them and their families. The symbol will be available in many forms including a window decal placed on the inside of our branches, on our social media, and on local community websites. Families, or individuals with ASD, can enter our buildings and expect to be received and treated as any other member of our community!
For more information on how you or your business can attain such certification, visit https://featoflouisville.org/