Individuals living with autism find virtual support during coronavirus distancing

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Parents in Toto Autism Resource Center now provides Virtual Support Groups. Individuals and their families living with autism have depended on in-person support free of charge for the past 12 years at the inviting nonprofit on Main Street, Zelienople. All are invited to find connection atweekly virtual support groups through Zoom meetings to talk, play games and laugh. Tuesday through Friday evenings and on Saturday afternoons, virtual meetings relieve loneliness and the burden many parents are feeling to keep their sons and daughters of all ages entertained.

In conjunction with Virtual Support Groups, Parents in Toto recently launched a Facebook Campaign #ApartinToto : 50 States in 50 Days to spread hope throughout the country and beyond! As we Stay Home. Stay Safe., Toto is encouraging autism organizations and families from New York to Oregon to share #mysilverlining, follow our progress, like our page and share our mission far and wide before June 1, 2020! No donation is necessary, although, as many small business owners are critically aware, the additional support will most certainly help!


Toto’s Facebook page and our decorated window at the center for all to see recognizes each state as the stories of appreciation are posted. Fun facts of each participating state and an interactive map of the country are shared as more individuals and families let others know how they are coping. Our goal is to share the great work other autism organizations are providing as well, so that people in our neck of the woods can learn more about other resources.


By looking for the silver lining in everything we do, we can endure the challenges that will pass and become even stronger together than before. Please contact Outreach Manager Megan Shane at 724-766-1278 for more information or to schedule an interview.

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