Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism

In Our Community

Creation of the Autism Provider Network (NWO), commonly known as AP

Locally, thousands of families are affected by autism. 1 in 59 children are being diagnosed. Historically in Northwest Ohio, support and services have been fragmented, disjointed, difficult to access, or non-existent. With this knowledge and guided by a commitment to collaboration and compassion, the GLCA led an initiative that brought together large organizations such as ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital, Mercy, and The University of Toledo and smaller autism service organizations such as Bittersweet Farms and Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, to form a new network called the Autism Provider Network (NWO) or APN.

Through the Strategic Partnership Alliance Grant from the Toledo Community Foundation, GLCA contracted with La Piana Consulting, an organization specializing in work with non-profits, to bring together community partners to create a collaborative agreement. By leveraging the resources of the respective organizations, TRAN can better serve the needs of individuals with autism and their families and caregivers.

In addition to programs and services offered by APN members, is also home to various other great community resources and programs.