Grupo SALTO is an independent support group for Latino families that have children with autism. Grupo SALTO works to provide the member families and their community with insight and hope into all aspects of living with autism. Grupo SALTO is committed to providing ongoing culturally competent state of the art information, support and services that meet the needs of the families and their children.
Grupo Salto History
Grupo SALTO was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of Illinois in 2005, and in 2007 as a 501(c)3 in response to the need for support for Chicago-area families who have children within the autism spectrum and whose primary language is Spanish.
With over 550 families registered the organization provides culturally and linguistically appropriate training, education, resources, and support for parents and families. Grupo SALTO also promotes autism advocacy and leadership within the Spanish-speaking community. The group meets monthly (except for August) for both educational and social events.
During the meetings, child care is available or children may sign up to participate in the siblings°« group or programs in art, music and dance. Grupo SALTO°«s sibling group (Grupo de Hermanos) provides a safe place for siblings of children with autism to learn more about ASD, discuss their feelings, and socialize with peers who are experiencing similar challenges. Teenagers and young adults with autism also meet separately to reinforce social skills and discuss issues relevant to them. Each meeting has a typical attendance rate of 60-90 families/children.
Grupo SALTO is supported by volunteers, and the Hispanic Program from the Family Clinics, Department of Disability And Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago.
If you'd like to participate, please contact us.