The Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts, received two very big year-end surprises.
It all started in November when Center Director Sue Loring was pleasantly surprised by the award of a $5000 grant from Microsoft’s OEM Team. Then, very shortly thereafter, The Center received another unexpected grant in December. This time, it was for $10,000 and was generously donated by DCU for Kids a charitable foundation created by Digital Federal Credit Union.
Combined, these grants will allow The Center to expand the participation of Autism Resource Center-sponsored teens with ASD at Camp Starfish’sLeadership in Training Programin Rindge, New Hampshire. Camp Starfish’s LIT Program is designed for older teens to begin to learn the skills needed to become Camp Counselors. Those individuals serviced by the Resource Center chosen for the LIT Program are those youth who’ve demonstrated readiness for this opportunity. The gifts made by Microsoft’s OEM Team and DCU for Kids will allow for two youth to attend for a second year as well as for two new youths to attend in their very first year.
Through participation in the LIT program these teens will develop independence, leadership, and responsibility. It will assist in developing self-management skills which can be used beyond the program for everyday life, work, and school. They will also develop peer relationship skills with a focus on team learning. The program fosters the development of daily living, and typical job skills through staff mentoring.
The unemployment rate for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders is currently 85%. Through this program and the very generous help of charitable organizations like Microsoft and DCU for Kids, we hope that changes the future prospects for our children so that they may be productive members of our community. Their gifts will make a difference for these kids.
Thank You Microsoft and DCU for Kids, we are truly grateful.