Monday, March 12, 2012

$450,000 in Grants Awarded for Two Programs to Encourage Independent Living, Increased Community Participation

Congratulations to a school, university and a global research organization for receiving Autism Speaks Family Services Grant Awards!  Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., Upper School Director at the McCarton School in New York City and Paul Wehman, Ph.D., Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University were awarded grants for 'Functional Community-Based Assessement Tool'.  Additionally, the Autistic Global Initiative , a program of the Autism Research Institute, was awarded a grant for 'Comprehensive Daily living/Residential Training and Curriculum' Program.  "We are excited that our Family Services Grants Program has expanded into the arena of funding more targeted grants," said Lisa Goring,  Autism Speaks Vice President of  Family Services.

The first grant, for developing 'Functional Community-Based Assessment Tool' to identify the skills and needs of teens transitioning into adulthood.  The assessment toll will lead to comprehensive transition planning for teams supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The second grant will be used to create a Comprehensive Daily Living/Residential Training and Curriculum project for direct support providers.  This grant is unique in that it is self-directed and staffed by adults with Autism Spectrum conditions. The project will provide ASD-specific standards of care, safety and support in the adult services sector. The curriculum will include topics such as regulation, communication, interpersonal skills, safety, sexuality, harassment, health, transportation, wellness and nutrition.

Click the link below to learn about these grants, recipients, projects and why these Autism projects are relevantly necessary.

Autism Speaks is hosting an all-day workshop on 'Implementation and Enforcement of Autism Insurance Reform' as a lead up to the Association of Professional Behavior Analyst (APBA) . 
April 12, 13-14, 2012 in Tampa, Florida

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