Connecting Families to Culturally Competent Support
In 2008 Camille Proctor’s son was diagnosed with Autism and she struggled to get the correct services for him.
Once services were found she had to fight for the services that were available. She was forced to leave her career to care for her son and had to support her family off her savings and retirement.
She found there were no organizations that supported African American families with children on the autism spectrum. She found there were huge disparities in the African American community, due to a lack of culturally competent support. Many misdiagnosed and undiagnosed African American children in at-risk communities end up in the criminal justice system each year. She realized that something had to be done to support families in underserved communities.
In March 2009 she founded The Color of Autism Foundation.