Angel’s Purse is a non-profit organization in Santa Cruz County serving families and children with autism. The organization was founded in 1998 by the program director Jenny Culver Hill. Mrs. Hill started the organization when her son was diagnosed with autism. She felt at that point not enough information, services or options were available to families with autistic children. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability, (CDC, 2008).
Jenny describes her journey at first was very challenging as doctors would tell her they could not do much to help her son. As a result, her desire for answers to help her son began. This led Mrs. Hill to find a variety of methods that would help her son Wally thrive. “My son became my teacher. Learning his needs are what led me to share the answers we found. Thank God for the brave souls who are finding answers about the causes and treatments that are available to us as parents of children within the autistic spectrum,” said Jenny Hill Program Director.
More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. (Buescher et al., 2014) The mission of Angel’s Purse is to provide practical assistance to families of children within the autistic spectrum. Angel’s Purse helps families with nutritional supplements, provides translations of information into Spanish, lends out books and videos from conferences to parents.
The prevalence of autism in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births, (CDC, 2014). Angel’s Purse provides family with technical assistance through a twelve-day intervention that “rewires the hard drive of the brain” called Sensory Learning. It is a combination of motion, light and sound therapy that helps improve perception, understanding, and gives autistic children the ability to learn.
For information on the variety of services they offer to residents of Santa Cruz County please visit their website at: www.autismangelspurse.com or contact Jenny Hill program director at: (520) 604-6009 or firstname.lastname@example.org