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March 2023

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Understanding Disabilities in American Indian & Alaska Native Communities.

AFO board member Crystal Hernandez, Psy.D., MBA, worked with the National Council on Aging Inc. (NICOA) to update their toolkit “Understanding Disabilities: In American Indian & Alaska Native Communities”.

The toolkit — “Understanding Disabilities: In American Indian & Alaska Native Communities” — contains information about disabilities, tribes and resources. You will find suggestions for improving services, providing protections, and utilizing resources in local tribal communities for people with disabilities.

The Autism Foundation of Oklahoma Provides Autism Training for CASA in Ada

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Media Contact:

Carley Dummitt

Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator

Autism Foundation of Oklahoma


Phone: 727-366-0947

[Oklahoma City, OK] – The Autism Foundation of Oklahoma (AFO) is providing autism training for the 22nd Judicial District CASA in Ada, OK, on March 9th.

During the training, CASA volunteers will learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including the latest research, common characteristics, interaction advice, and how to utilize AFO’s sensory kits.

“At CASA, the children we advocate for have experienced trauma and may have other conditions such as autism. Learning as much as possible about the issues these children may deal with can help educate us on how to advocate for them more effectively. It’s often difficult for a doctor to diagnose a child’s behavioral issues because trauma, such as PTSD, and autism symptoms often mimic each other or are interconnected. It takes a deeper awareness of autism, types of trauma, and what triggers behaviors for a CASA Volunteer to make sound recommendations to the Court and DHS.”

AFO’s mission is to improve the lives of Oklahomans with autism and their families. The nonprofit provides autism training to professionals of all types in Oklahoma, including healthcare providers, childcare workers, employers, and justice system professionals.

“We are thrilled to partner with CASA in Ada to provide this training,” said Chandee Kott, Public Health and Safety Program Director for AFO. “Our goal is to provide education, resources, and support for individuals and families affected by autism. This training is just one way we can positively impact our community.”

For more information about the Autism Foundation of Oklahoma, please visit


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