New Autism Initiative Delivers College Academic and Social Support
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (July 29, 2010) – The US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) today announced the launch of the USAAA “College Autism Project” or CAP program, a new initiative that will bring academic and social support for individuals with autism on college and university campuses. The CAP program was made possible through a generous donation from the Paul K. and Anna E. Shockey Family Fund, a fund of the Pennsylvania Automobile Association (PAA) Foundation.
Through the CAP program, USAAA will align with universities and colleges to provide training and support for faculty to help best meet the needs of their students affected by autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. USAAA will also launch a safe social networking environment to allow students to communicate with fellow students facing the same challenges at many different post-secondary schools.
“There are some colleges that provide programs and support for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism”, explained Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD, USAAA CEO. “The challenge today is that more and more students with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism are entering college without the support they need to succeed. USAAA will provide the training to college faculty to meet the needs of their students both academically and socially.
“Many barriers prevent these students with the opportunity they require to accomplish something special,” said Dr. Kaplan. “Our goal is to provide the opportunity for the students to achieve their fullest potential.”
Faculty and students who want to learn more about the CAP program can contact the US Autism & Asperger Association at 1-888-9AUTISM or at www.usautism.org.
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About the US Autism & Asperger Association
In 1994, USAAA began their mission of improving the quality of life of individuals and others affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Each year, USAAA hosts a world conference with over thirty world-renowned experts presenting on topics from medical interventions to behavioral and developmental therapies. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, USAAA is dedicated to providing ASD education, support, and solutions for parents, professionals, students, educators, and individuals. For more information, please visit www.usautism.org.
About the Paul K. and Anna E. Shockey Family Fund
Throughout their lives, Paul and Anna Shockey have quietly provided support to many charitable organizations in their community. The Paul K. and Anna E. Shockey Family Foundation was established to manage and continue the family’s charitable activities and to create a legacy of giving for the Shockey family to continue into the future.
About the Pennsylvania Automobile Association (PAA) Foundation
In 2002, the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association had a vision to create a charitable foundation that would serve the philanthropic needs of its members. Through this vision emerged the PAA Foundation. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to support the charitable activities of PAA members and help them manage and achieve their philanthropic goals.