On Wednesday, August 28th, FOCUS Center for Autism received a $5,000 grant from the Fisher Foundation to be used in FOCUS’s Clinical Educational Support Program. The Clinical Educational Support Program helps children aged 5-18 on the Autism Spectrum whose emotional and social needs are so great that they cannot successfully function in a traditional school setting. The funds will purchase educational, life-skills, and vocational supplies that enhance the Clinical Educational Support Program’s current programming, meet the needs of children with varying learning styles and capabilities, and adhere to Common Core Standards. The children will benefit from a curriculum that is designed to reach their fullest academic potential and prepare them to be thriving members of the community and workforce.
This grant also provides
the children with many field trip opportunities that teacher Tricia Galvin
knows benefit them both academically and socially:
“By taking [the children] outside of the classroom, they can connect what they are learning in the classroom to real-world applications. Additionally, the children develop lasting relationships with each other and with members of the community and, by immersing them in social situations, learn hands on how to cope with their individual challenges.”
The Fisher Foundation proudly continues the philanthropic tradition of giving back to the community, established for the family by Stanley Fisher. Beneficiaries have included a broad range of arts, social service, health, and educational nonprofit organizations in the Greater Hartford area.
FOCUS Center for Autism is a grassroots, community-based nonprofit whose mission is helping children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders achieve their full potential. Since becoming a nonprofit in 2000, FOCUS has developed into a well respected community-based model of treatment that has now served over 500 children and families.
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