The Alabama Department of Mental Health recently named the University of Alabama a Regional Autism Network (RAN) site. With this distinction, UA becomes one of five autism resource hubs in the state. The RAN launched in 2016, and UA joins Auburn University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Alabama, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville as RAN resource hubs.
RANs are funded by the Department of Mental Health, and each RAN is staffed by experts in the field of autism spectrum disorder. RANs strive to connect people with ASD, their families, educators, and service providers to the information, services, and support that best meet their needs. The resource hubs are established for individuals affected by ASD, their families, and other agencies. RANs provide professional training programs, technical assistance and consultation services, individual and family assistance, and public education programs.
Sylvia Hollins is the Director of the RAN at UA. She is a nationally certified counselor with seven years of experience developing and implementing accommodations for children with ASD, connecting teachers to community resources, and working with families. To learn about assistance and resources available in West Alabama, contact Ms. Hollins by calling (205) 348-3131 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the Alabama Regional Autism Network can be found by visiting www.autism.alabama.gov/Regional-Autism-Network.html