On Thursday, November 10, representatives from the General Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International presented Autism Speaks with a $100,000 Royal Arch Research Assistance (RARA) grant. The generous contribution will help support the Autism Speaks early diagnosis and early intervention initiative to investigate auditory processing disorders in children with autism.
Many of the precursor symptoms of auditory processing disorders are seen in some children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These symptoms include trouble paying attention and remembering information; poor listening skills; difficulty in processing information; behavioral problems; difficulty with comprehending language; and anxiety or confusion in social situations. Young children on the autism spectrum who exhibit precursor symptoms may be diagnosed with a central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) at a later age.
The RARA grant will enable Autism Speaks to address precursor symptoms of auditory processing disorders in an effort to create better outcomes for children who are at risk for developing both ASD and CAPD. In addition, the grant will go towards funding Autism Speaks’ efforts to educate healthcare providers and parents about the role of auditory processing disorders in a child’s autism diagnosis as well as encourage further evaluation for young children who demonstrate auditory processing difficult. Autism Speaks will also disseminate and share information developed in this effort with caregivers and clinicians including methods to treat auditory processing problems associated with ASD.
We would like to thank our friends at the Royal Arch Masons for this wonderful grant. Their support will help clinicians gain a better understanding of the early signs of auditory processing disorder in children with autism, allowing for treatment of this disorder to begin as early as possible.
This is a response we received from a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome who received an Autism Cares grant.
The Autism Cares Grant help me to establish some independence and get back on my feet. I’ve been struggling as I try and navigate life on the autism spectrum. For a while I was letting my struggles affect me in other areas of my life. I was taking all of the negative things in my life out on other people. The Autism Cares grant not only helped me pay my rent and give me a nice place to live for 4 months it is going to help me get other areas of my life up and going the way that they should be. I’m very excited and appreciative of the Autism Cares grant and know that it will be put to good use. This will allow me time to get on my feet and try and find a good job for me. I have Asperger’s Syndrome and I really want to become as independent as I can and it’s something I am working on doing. My parents were losing their house so I was going to be left without a place to stay. The Autism Cares grant helped me help my parents save their house so not only myself but my entire family could keep a roof over their head as well. I’m now able to pay my parents rent I owe them for 4 months thanks to the Autism Cares grant. Thank you to everyone at Autism Speaks.
To learn more about our Autism Cares program, visit www.autismcares.org. For more information on transition and independence for young adults and adults with autism, check out our transition tool kit!http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/family_services/transition.php
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To date, Autism Speaks has funded $1.9 million in Family Services Community Grants to more than 100 service organizations around the country in the areas of education, recreation; equipment/supportive technology and young adults/adults. The following is from one of our recipients from 2008, the Asperger’s Association of New England which serves individuals with Asperger Syndrome throughout New England:
The Asperger’s Association of New England, or AANE, is very grateful for the generous grant from Autism Speaks that allowed us to offer the Destination: Independence program. Destination: Independence consisted of a series of four courses on independent living skills, reinforced through one-on-one coaching under AANE’s Life Management Assistance Program (LifeMAP). Destination: Independence was designed to meet the practical needs of young adults with AS, who tend to be less mature than neurotypical young adults, are often stuck in their attempts to establish independent lives, and are less likely to be able to resolve their problems though traditional interventions such as “talk therapy.” Participants were able to learn independent living skills in a hands-on manner; learned life tasks with the assistance of a coach; increased independence; and employed problem-solving, social interaction, relationship building, and social pragmatic skills.
One participant wrote on his evaluation form:
I wanted to give you a little feedback on what I am working on. As you may know, I am going to graduate from college in May and I do not think I would have passed this last course without the help of Destination: Adulthood and my LifeMAP coach. So I accomplished that goal. Now, I am working on volunteering at the JFK library and getting a part-time job. Thanks for the help, T.
My LifeMap coach and I have been working on me learning how to use transportation which I think that I could still use practice on. We also worked on going grocery shopping and making healthy food and drink choices at the grocery store! She was helpful with my goals and I would like to continue to work with her.
A coach wrote:
I see increased confidence in the client due to my (the coach’s) validation of her struggles and challenges, and due to success in overcoming of obstacles. We are close in age and so I found that the client looked up to me like an older sister or just a role model. I noticed that my compliments and acceptance of who she was and my encouragement for her attempts at finding a job, acquiring a driver’s license, etc., helped her accept that while her pace might be slower than her peers’ she would eventually get there.
Another coach wrote:
The client, a recent (out-of-state) college graduate, was also very isolated and had the goal of maintaining social relationships, but it became clear that she did not have local relationships to maintain. The coach accompanied her to events at AANE initially, and eventually she began to attend on her own. The coach’s involvement in getting the client to come to AANE was instrumental in making new relationships and eventually led to the client joining a weekly AANE support group and connecting to a therapist through AANE as well.
Congratulations to AANE and Destination Independence on their wonderful program!
Autism Speaks in currently accepting Letters of Intent until June 10, 2010 – get those great ideas in to us so we can continue to serve the community! Please also visit our Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism initiative at www.afaa-us.org and “like us” on Facebook, where we regularly post articles and items of interest regarding adult issues and services.
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