Grupo SALTO (in Spanish) is a not-for-profit organization that was incorporated in 2005 in Illinois in response to the need for support for Latinx families in the Chicago area who have children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and whose primary language is Spanish. Grupo SALTO is an independent support group for these families and works to provide families and the community with a vision of hope in all aspects of life. The organization provides culturally and linguistically appropriate training, education, resources, and support. Grupo SALTO also promotes leadership advocacy within the Spanish-speaking community. The group meets monthly for educational and social events. The organization also offers a sibling group for children, which provides a safe place for children to better understand ASD, their feelings, and to socialize with peers who experience the same challenges. Grupo SALTO hosts a separate group for teens and youth with ASD to develop social skills and discuss issues that concern them. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grupo Salto has converted their groups into virtual events (in Spanish) that are held twice a week through Zoom. Finally, Grupo SALTO also publishes bulletins (in Spanish) and other resources (in Spanish).
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