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The Autism Advancement Program (T.A.A.P.) is focused on helping children (between the ages of 12-17) who are on the autism spectrum, obtain life skills and tools to either start their own business or successfully complete career focused training. Our goal is to remove the obstacles and barriers that face children within this community and help them to achieve a sustainable livelihood. We offer personalized community based support that will propel all participants to learn new professional skills and build essential socialization skills that will help them to build a new future.
As parents of two children that are on the autism spectrum, my husband and I spent many nights calculating the future of our children. We selected a number of different professions that we felt would best suit their personalities. We soon discovered that what we had in mind for our children's futures was not at all what they felt comfortable with. The older they got the more we realized what their struggles were and how those struggles could be turned into opportunities. We began to help them focus on the things that they felt they were good at doing and how they can turn their strengths into sustainable careers and businesses. We realized that we were most likely not the only parents that felt the same way we did. Helping other children with Autism overcome their fears and realize their potential became our mission.
According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.
A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder. Currently, within the United States, Autism impacts 1 in 54 children.
Find out more about Autism signs, treatments, and diagnosis directly from the CDC.
We are determined to raise $500,000! All donations go towards start up costs and career training for the program participants. Each child that participates in this program will have individualized obstacles to overcome. Each child will require a structured path that will help them to meet their specific goals.
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