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Asociación Yucateca de Autismo AYUDA: Support for Autistic Community

01 april 2024
5 min. de lectura

April 2 marks World Autism Awareness Day. On this day, which aims to raise public awareness about autism, foster acceptance of neurodiversity, and emphasize the importance of inclusion and respect for autistic individuals, it’s crucial to highlight the work of an association that has made a difference in Yucatán's society since 1995: Asociación Yucateca de Autismo (the Yucatecan Autism Association) AYUDA.


The mission of Asociación Yucateca de Autismo: transforming lives in Yucatán

AYUDA's story begins in the mid-90s when four Yucatecan families with autistic children came together to address the lack of resources and services for people on the autism spectrum in the region. Over the years, AYUDA has flourished, becoming a vital part of the community in the Península. Its mission is to provide comprehensive care to children, youth, and adults with autism spectrum disorder to improve their quality of life and fully integrate them as active members of society.


An inclusive approach: support for individuals on the autism spectrum

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One of the association's most notable features is its inclusive approach, reflected in programs designed to assist low-income individuals, mainly from rural areas.


By keeping prices affordable and offering extra support to families, they're dedicated to giving full support to individuals with autism and their families through a wide range of services, from assessment and diagnosis of the disorder to specialized therapies, parent training, and school integration.


Community ties: AYUDA and its commitment to society

The association has formed close bonds within the community and with various businesses, broadening its impact and ability to provide holistic support. Additionally, its role as a training center for professionals specialized in autism has significantly contributed to the development of trained human resources in this field.

2404 Grupo de trabajo de autismo AYUDA by charlie gWith more than 200 families currently benefiting from their assistance, AYUDA has transformed the lives of those it serves. Before its establishment, the lack of specialized centers left many families without resources or proper guidance. Today, thanks to AYUDA's hard work and dedication, these families have a safe space where they can find the support they need.

Looking to the future, AYUDA has ambitious plans to expand its impact and improve its facilities. Among its aspirations lies the construction of an institution that offers residency and comprehensive services for children and adults with autism, which would be a significant leap forward. However, realizing this project requires considerable financial backing to become a reality.


AYUDA's positive impact on Yucatán

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With a dedicated team of 32 individuals, AYUDA continues its mission to offer hope, support, and opportunities to those who need it most.


Through social service programs, professional internships, and community events, the association remains a beacon of hope for individuals on the autism spectrum and their loved ones.


In essence, Asociación Yucateca de Autismo AYUDA is not only changing lives, but also changing the narrative surrounding autism, promoting inclusion, acceptance, and empowerment in the community. Its legacy will stand as a testament to the profound impact of love, commitment, and unity.


To keep up with the events and activities planned by Asociación Yucateca de Autismo AYUDA to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day this April 2 and 3, we invite you to follow their social media channels. Join them in their noble cause and help spread the message of inclusion and support for individuals on the autism spectrum.


2404 Sala de Inicial de AYUDA autismo by charlie g
2404 SUPER AMIGO ayuda autismo by charlie g
2404 AYUDA sala de jovenes y lenguaje autismo by Charlie G


Asociación Yucateca de Autismo
Calle 40 #477 x 25 y 27, Los Pinos
Tel. 999 996 4705
Encargada: Jacqueline Vázquez Lara
IG: centroayuda_autismomid
FB: Centro Ayuda Autismo Merida


Asociación Yucateca de Autismo AYUDA is part of the mutual aid network Mérida Nos Une (Mérida brings us together). This network provides a space for citizens to connect, share resources, ideas, and experiences, and work together on projects and activities that benefit the community.


 If you’d like to help and don’t know where to start, you can contact the network to explore various ways to get involved, support, and make a difference together. Reach out via cell phone at 999 338 8592, send an email to meridanosune1@gmail.com  or meridanosune@merida.gob.mx, or fill out the "Quiero Ayudar (I Want to Help)" form on the Mérida Nos Une Platform.


Get to know this and at least 10 more associations that may need your help in Volunteering in Yucatán: Give Your Best this 2024.


Photography by Charlie Guzmán for its use in Yucatán Today.


Sara Alba

Author: Sara Alba

Panamanian with a Mexican accent since 2005. Editorial Assistant, a walking jukebox, and always lurking on social media, in the constant search of hidden gems to visit and share.

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