The Autism Project

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Issues: Disabilities, Education

Location: 1516 Atwood Ave Johnston RI 02919 USA

Mission: APRI provides programs and services to children with autism and the many caregivers who support them. During the past fiscal yearour organization provided workshops and trainings to staff in public schools and provided consultation services to 90% of the school districts in Rhode Island. Our organization offers social skill programs for children ages 5 to adult as well as educational programs for parents and professionals. Each summer APRI offers a two week long summer camp for children on the spectrum. Each year our organization helps more than 4000 individuals living with autism.
Programs: The Autism Project provides the following programs: Starting Point: A course designed to educate parents and professionals. Consultation services are offered to professionals and educators. Aspire: A training series which explores the unique characteristics and learning styles of children with Asperger Syndrome. Various social skill programs for children ages 5 to adult. Our organization also offers an annual conference that features a nationally recognized expert in the field of autism. Our organization has established a Parent Resource Center which is the only one of its kind in Rhode Island. The center offers a wide array of resources including autism-specific software (e.g., Boardmaker and Writing With Symbols), laminate, Internet access, information on community resources, assistance with filling out state agency forms, and a comprehensive library. The autism project also has the first support group for fathers in the state. Our organization also provides the Parent to Parent training series. Parent coaches share their wisdom, experience, and empathy with families who are just beginning their own journey. We have also entered into a partnership with Rhode Island Parent Network and have a Spanish speaking parent liaison on staff. Parent to Parent is the only parent education course on autism offered in Spanish in our state. For teens with Asperger Syndrome, the Autism Project of RI now offers a safe, autism-friendly social scene at the Club on Friday nights. Staffed by trained professionals from the Autism Project, the Club offers a relaxed atmosphere for teens to create friendships, chill out, and explore new interests.

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