Independent Peer Socialization Training Program
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Disabilities, Human Services
Location: 2280 Kenwood Ave San Jose CA 95128 USA
IPSTP's mission is to provide a means by which autistic and other developmentally disabled people can learn social and practical skills that will facilitate their independent participation in peer group activities.
Programs: We provide skill training to 35 children and adults, 2.5 hours per day, 5 days per week.
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I will let others evaluate our program, but I will say that it was the first program in California to bring autistic and non-disabled children and young adults together for the purpose of social skills training. Though woefully underfunded, we have managed to provide this service continually for the past 30 years. With the California budget in limbo, we are facing the real possibility of a reduction or elimination of our funding, altogether. As a very small nonprofit, we do not have a fundraiser or a development director, so we rely on private donations.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
that I've seen hundreds of people with autism have the opportunity to learn social skills the way that all of us do: from their peers. And many hundreds of high school and college students have enjoyed the rewards of doing community service with IPSTP.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
find it a stable, reliable source of funding .
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
...watching both groups, our autistic clients and our non-disabled peer models, learn new things about themselves and about others.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
...exceptional young people with a lot to offer to their community and to those who need extra help to get through day-to-day activities.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
...give 8 million back and stay in business for 12 more years!
Ways to make it better...
...we were not always worried about funding.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
One thing I'd also say is that...
...we love to have visitors....call for an appointment.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
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