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Managing Autism Together Today, PO Box 16471, Rochester, NY 14616
 

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            One Word Changed Our Lives Forever:

                                    AUTISM

When a child is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) a family begins a path blocked by questions...

Managing Autism Together Today (MATT) offers practical guidance from families and professionals who are on the journey with you.


MATT is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization that was founded in 2010 by Kevin Schoenl and named after his son, Matthew, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 


MATT is a volunteer organization focused on supporting parents who are concerned that their child may be diagnosed with ASD and the parents with children already diagnosed with ASD.  This can be an overwhelming time for a family, but you are not alone.

MATT wants to help create a local network of people that truly understand the unique nature of having children with ASD and to use this network to help each other at every stage of our children's lives.

MATT's Mission
is to make it easier for families to locate, obtain, and use the community resources available to their special needs children in the Rochester, New York area so that these children will be able to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. 

 

            
A Message from the Founders:
Connie & Kevin Schoenl

As parents of a child with Autism, we were emotionally and physically tested with learning how to manage this disorder, and how to provide the best care possible for our child.

Through this difficult journey, it has been heartbreaking missing out on some of the simple joys of parenthood, such as:

        - Our little boy looking into our eyes and smiling
        -Hearing his little voice tell us how he feels, what he wants, 
            and what he likes
        -Watching him play with other children
        -
Seeing his excitement to open gifts and play with toys
        -
Watching him get on the "typical" bus on the first day of school 
    
Like many other families, we found it almost impossible to see past the countless questions, and felt paralyzed by our lack of knowledge of such a complicated disorder.  The unknowns blocked the path that led toward the best life possible for Matthew, and for the rest of our family. 

But with time, we have built a support network consisting of devoted teachers, counselors, therapists, community supporters, family, and friends.  This network is growing every day and has developed into an organization that helps other families who face the challenges of Autism. 

We are committed to making it easier for other families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to locate, obtain, and use the community resources available to their special needs children in the Rochester, New York area so that these children will be able to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. 

MATT's family is committed to providing answers, and to managing Autism together today.
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