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Partnered with Autism Speaks, Food for Good Thought has hired 20 Consultant Pairs across the country to mentor our autism community in pursuing innovative employment opportunities. A vocational mentorship service fueled by persons with autism nationwide to create a Unique Chamber of Commerce that assists persons with ASD on their career trajectory!

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Last year, Autism Speaks awarded nearly $24,000 in funding to a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas to empower 100 underserved Spanish-speaking families of children with autism through a 7 session Autism Course for Caregivers, monthly support groups, family fun days and supportive case management - all in Spanish!

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Very few childcare centers are structured to support children with autism. An Autism Speaks grant of $14,000 helped work to change that through training sessions for early childcare providers, as well as a curriculum focused on understanding the unique differences of children with autism and using best practices to support them.

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In 2014, Autism Speaks provided a grant of $25,000 to JFCS of Greater Philadelphia to develop a quality of life assessment for adults with autism. Assessing the quality of life of adults with autism allows service providers and family members to make sure they have access to the best possible services and can lead happy and fulfilling lives.

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Individuals with autism around the country are making big strides in swimming and water safety thanks to an Autism Speaks grant program. One parent said, “None of therapy sessions over the last 11 years- speech, OT, physical - have done as much for Jack’s self esteem and safety as swim lessons with Kim.”

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To date, Autism Speaks has awarded more than $700,000 to 27 providers through our Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund.

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"Lean Out: Networking and Working for Women with ASDs" was a workshop designed to help women diagnosed with an ASD make connections and pursue work opportunities.

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"The program is helping me to discover ways to branch out, stretch my comfort zone, and find out more about who I am as a person on the autism spectrum..."

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