A recent letter to the editor ("Speak Locally," March 21) maligned Autism Speaks as being too much of a national organization to be of use locally. That's not correct.
Autism Speaks is the world's leading research and advocacy organization, but we also directly support local communities.
We fund Pittsburgh's Autism Treatment Network, a one-stop shop providing a family-focused continuum of care, including diagnosis, evaluations, resources and therapies. From the expert specialists participating, we provide families free tool kits focusing on sleep disorders, challenging behaviors and other disorders.
We continually refer our families to local service providers and events and will never ask our families to choose which organization to support.
Our mission is clear: We need to work together to unite the autism community as one strong voice to change the future for all who struggle with autism. Please take the time to learn about the amazing work Autism Speaks does by visiting www.autismspeaks.org.
The writer is director of training and development for Autism Speaks.