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Dan Marino Foundation Inc

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Causes: Autism, Children & Youth, Disabilities, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Foster Care, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: Empowering individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Programs: Marino campus: marino campus offers ten month programs that can lead to nationally-recognized industry certification(s): technology (choose from four different tracks) and hospitality. Both programs require students to complete 240 clock hours of industry courses as well as 520 clock hours in employment preparation courses. Many students who attend do not have a standard diploma making them ineligible to participate in typical programs and/or cannot pass the required tabe testing. Additional program supports offered at the dan marino foundation certification programs include: tutoring, mentoring, behavioral analyst, core courses, career services, and use of the virtual interactive training agent ("vita"). There are no similar programs in south florida that offer comprehensive certification programs and provide an avenue for individuals with special needs to be successful in the workplace.

marino autism research institute ("mari"): marino autism research institute ("mari"): is a "virtual institute" that was designed to develop and implement cutting-edge research through clinical studies and training to address quality of life issues for individuals with autism and other disabilities. The dan marino foundation funding supports research, improved clinical service, delivery and clinical education at vanderbilt university in nashville, tennessee and the university of southern california in los angeles, california. Mari's most recent projects include developing socially-assistive products, advanced technology in signal processing, and virtual reality (vita) using intelligent virtual humans to be utilized by the students to practice job interviewing. Virtual interactive training agents ("vita"): is a program of mari. Vita is a system for individuals to practice job interviews that build competence and reduces anxiety in young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. It was developed by the usc institute for creative technologies in partnership with the foundation.

walkabout autism: program supports the foundation's mission by creating awareness and raising funds to support autism therapies, research, and education for both life-skills and employment.

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