National Autism Awareness Month

This month marks National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM). Celebrated since the 1970’s, this is used as an opportunity to educate the public about autism and the issues within the autism community.

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 54 boys. There is no medical detection or cure for autism and figures are growing. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States but receives less than 5% of research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.

Here at Goodwill NY-NJ we have two programs specially geared to help improve the lives of individuals with autism who reside in New York City: Bridges to Success and Project Possibilities.

Bridges to Success is a Customized Employment program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is designed to help them transition from school to work. Participants receive two to three days of Day Habilitation to improve socialization and communication skills necessary to gain and maintain employment. Job developers and job coaches are available to help determine their employment interests, skills sets, and ideal work environments.

Project Possibilities offers services designed to provide the participant with meaningful activities that promote self-sufficiency and independence. The program helps individuals develop and maintain anger management, independent living, social, communication, and vocational skills. Some activities include a weekly yoga and music classes.

Click here to see pictures from both programs.

Meet Lamont Smalls, a participant of the Bridges to Success program.

For more information on Bridges to Success or Project Possibilities, please contact Josephine Quaye at jquaye@goodwillny.org or call (718) 777-6358.

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