HMEA’s Autism Resource Central of Central Massachusetts has received $5,000 from the Staples Foundation at the recommendation of Staple’s employee Patrick Davis.
The funds donated by Staples Foundation will be used to fund the participation of Camp Havvago Alumni in Camp Starfish’s LEADERS program whose primary focus is developing leadership skills, educational and preparation for future job training. Participants in HMEA’s Autism Resource Central Camp programs go through several weeks of camp that features experiential learning that teaches social interaction behaviors, listening, self-learning and learning about the environment and relates many of these skills to academic areas of reading, writing and communication.
Children on the Autism Spectrum are taught about interaction and learn about themselves and the environment around them so they can learn better in school. The program also teaches independence, daily living and typical job skills through staff mentoring. Participants in the LEADERS are trained in areas of leadership, enthusiasm, achievement, determination, enrichment, responsibility and service. Successful LEADERS then may move on to the Camp’s STAR program where they learn employment skills which develop independent growth for specific job skills.
The Center’s camp programs serve 120 children on the Autism Spectrum, their siblings and other family members so they learn about themselves, others, their environment, and develop academic and job skills throughout the process.
“This support of $5,000 from Staples Foundation will enable us to continue supporting the center families who benefit from the Independence and Learning for All program.” Said Susan Loring, the center Director.
HMEA’s Autism Resource Central is accepting donations to the Independence and Learning for All program for children, adults and families affected by the Autism Spectrum Disorder. For more information on HMEA’s Autism Resource Central or how you can support it’s community efforts, please visit http://www.autismresourcecentral.org/ or contact Wanja Kiraguri at 508-298-1607 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org