Who We Are - Our Mission and Vision
When the Foundation for Educating Children with Autism (FECA) was established 20 years ago the diagnosis for autism was roughly 1 in 10,000. The understanding of both causes and appropriate interventions was reflected in the lack of services and educational programs for children and adults with autism. FECA stepped into the breach to establish a school, the Devereux Millwood Learning Center in 1996 and is now broadening the scope of it's mission as children have grown into adulthood.
The statistics currently are overwhelming; 1 in 68 children are now diagnosed with what is now commonly called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Enormous strides have been made in the understanding and early diagnosis and intervention of ASD. Though it has been difficult to keep pace with the burgeoning numbers, the vast majority of individuals receiving effective treatment graduate to adulthood with skills and experience to offer their communities if given the opportunity. Thus, FECA's mission has grown and evolved along side those we endeavor to serve and will continue to as we face the future as the Foundation for Empowering Citizens with Autism.
To insure that individuals with autism spectrum disorders lead meaningful and productive lives. We do this by advocating for appropriate educational, vocational, employment, community outreach and integration, treatment, and other related programs and services on behalf of individuals on the autism spectrum.
Developing, providing and supporting sustainable and accountable educational, vocational, adult and other services for individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders.