Who We Are
The Panhandle Autism Society (PAS) is a chapter of the Autism Society of America.
We are headquartered in Coeur d’ Alene, ID and serve the five northern counties of Idaho. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and our funding comes from donations, fundraising events and foundation grants.
We focus on offering the following:
- Providing information and referral. Most of our calls come from families that have just received an Autism diagnosis for their child and they are seeking to understand what is available and how they can go about accessing services. We also however, provide information to community members through workshops and participating in other events
- Providing support to families. We offer support groups as well as quarterly family activities such as Family Day Out or Parent Night Out. Our calendar lists all of our current activities.
- Providing training opportunities for families and professionals. There are so many different options for therapy and treatment that it can be difficult to keep up on all of the latest information. We provide quarterly training opportunities that allow families and professionals to continue to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorders and how some therapies and interventions may help support the individuals they care for. Our trainings fulfill a portion of the annual professional development requirements for professionals in Idaho.
Our Board of Directors:
Melaine Collins, Family Support Services – President
Katelyn Pool, Department of Health & Welfare – Vice President
Vacant – Secretary
Anna Taylor, Parent Representative – Treasurer
Emily Crook, Associate Director, Milestone Decisions – Member at Large
Christy Adams, Periwinkle Childrens Therapy – Walk for Autism Awareness Committee Chair
Deborah Ralston, Periwinkle Children’s Therapy – Member at Large
Jennifer Cork – Education Chair
Our Mission: “Panhandle Autism Society supports individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families in Idaho’s five northern counties through education and enrichment opportunities.”