Consciousness In Motion Academy (CIMA) is a nonprofit initiative inspired by my son, Adam’s experience of trying to find a place to fit in after 21. Adam is an adult living with autism who needs others to support him throughout his day. However, he is capable of continuing to learn, work and socialize. Unfortunately, there aren’t many programs that support Adam and his peers. Without the existence of these programs, our son, his peers and our families experience a lifetime of isolation. CIMA seeks to connect with consciously awakened peers, families and corporate friends to create safe, creative and intellectually inspiring programs for adults on the autism spectrum who have aged out of school.
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SERVING THE ADULT AUTISM COMMUNITY
Why Do We Call Our Organization "Consciousness In Motion Academy"?
CIMA recognizes that “every human being seeks purpose and connection”. When corporations and individuals consciously engage in socially responsible activities, they thrive. Their thinking, values and awareness are elevated. No longer is the bottom line the only important factor, but also how their actions impact society. As a result, employees are happier, more fulfilled and productive. The company’s brand loyalty and bottom line are often increased when there is an involvement in the community. CIMA is aware that “it takes a village” of socially responsible community members to help us all achieve our goals.
"We believe KINDNESS and COMPASSION are the "NEW CURRENCY" – we invite YOU to spend YOURS with US."
The Impact Of Autism On Families and Their Communities
Most people not affected by autism in their immediate family cannot imagine the level of stress endured by the caregivers of those on the spectrum. The only analogy that can serve as a visualization is that of a combat soldier affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Because in fact, that’s what parents and other caregivers of children and adults on the spectrum have been likened to. “Mothers of adolescents and adults with autism experience chronic stress comparable to combat soldiers and struggle with frequent fatigue and work interruptions,” according to one of two research studies published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders in 2009. These moms also spend significantly more time caregiving than moms of those without disabilities.
In a more recent study published in the same journal in January 2020, it was found that “Nearly 1 in 5 parents of kids with autism who participated in a new study had enough symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder to qualify for a provisional diagnosis.” “The study, which included hundreds of parents of children who are on the spectrum, found that 18.6 percent met criteria for PTSD.”
Now let’s imagine what will happen when the autistic kids become adults and graduate from school and have to stay home because there are no more mandated programs to continue to help them. But this doesn’t have to be the reality for our families any longer. Not with your help!
Statistics About Autism After 21+
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