Autistic Savant Scholar Society (ASSS)
As you probably know the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation (AMWF) set out to raise $50,000 before August 1,
2016. We were unable to meet that goal and lowered our goal and extended the time to November 1, 2016 for our Autistic Savant Scholar Society. There’s still 1 week left to donate so let’s see how much more we can raise!
If you’d like to donate you can find out how to do so here. Finally to all donors we’ve had so far, your support has helped us to get within distance of our goal. I cannot put into words how much this means to us so “Thank you!”
Since the day of announcement we’ve struggled to receive actual payment of the pledges of donations, but we are close to our revised goal and there’s still time left to donate so if you can please do. Maybe we can smash our goal?
We are also raising money directly for selected families affected by autism so they can continue to get support, but to do this we need your help.
Families affected by autism want what every family wants – for their loved ones to be healthy, to learn, enjoy friendships, work, to live fully. They know that access to care, active lifestyles, and opportunities for independence will make all the difference throughout their loved one’s journey. Too often they struggle to find and afford effective interventions. AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION, (AMWF) helps families by identifying individuals with autism and matching them with funding organizations best equipped to provide therapeutic, educational, recreational, and employment supports for people with autism.
With so many worthy causes and institutions to consider, it must be as challenging as it is satisfying to plan your charitable gifts each year. Donors frequently tell us they trust AMWF to:
• Increase the awareness of autism and the acceptance of people with autism
• Listen to, advise, and focus on helping families living with autism
• Vet top service partners offering educational, recreational and therapeutic supports
• Stretch further as the autism prevalence numbers rise as more and more US children are diagnosed
• Operate on a lean budget so that every dollar raised helps families
• Demonstrate the accountability for which we have been recognized
• Offer fun and meaningful donor engagement opportunities throughout the year
Donors demonstrate their values by supporting AMWF, and their faith in us to share their investments thoughtfully and as tangibly and directly as possible. Together we bring hope and opportunities to more than 35,000 people a month. Join us
About the Educational Technology Program:
Realizing the gains that many people with autism have achieved using the iPad, the goal of the program is to help fill the financial and technological gap for families with individuals with autism and organizations that assist individuals with autism with programs specifically serving individuals with autism and have an estblished technology program in place or have expressed an interest in starting a program using the iPad or other technology tools.
Applications will be considered for any technology tools and/or training that improve learning outcomes or performance. Maximum request is $5,000.00. Examples of items funded include but are not limited to:
Tablets & Accessories
Applicants must show evidence of need or a current curriculum that is utilizing education technology or outline their plan for instituting a program and for training staff on appropriate use of the technology and associated apps. One request per family is eligible to be awarded an Education Technology grant annually.
Brain in Hand
Brain in Hand is an autism support app designed to reduce anxiety.
For hundreds of autistic people, support helps to make the difference between isolation or family dependence and the chance to lead a full life. Our services provide access to valuable resources to give autistic people the confidence and skills to live well, enjoy the activities that others take for granted, or simply to take a break.
Every child with autism is different so we work individually and with those working with them, to help them thrive and enjoy learning, and to make the best possible progress.
We support children and young people within mainstream schools and in specialized, advanced and higher education.
In the Community
Whatever you want to do, whether it’s go to college, sing in a choir, relax in a cafe, learn to swim or meet new people, we’re here to help.
Our team offer referrals for all kinds of support and activities for groups, adults or children, or try 1-1 Support.
Equal Education Rights Service
If you need support with your autistic child’s access to education, our Equal Education Rights Service can help.
Community Care Service
Our Community Care Service offers referrals for advice about support from social services for autistic adults and children.
We offer referrals for diagnostic services for autistic people of all ages.
We welcome enquiries about referrals, find the information and contact details you need to help you access the services YOU need.
1-1 Support Guides
Enjoy opportunities and activities outside the home with flexible outreach referral services.
Friends and Mentors
A great way for adults and children with autism to learn new social skills and increase their confidence.
Below is an article on how Apple is contributing to the cause.
Apple Lends Hand To Autism Research
APPLE SAID THIS WEEK THAT AUTISM WILL BE AMONG THE CONDITIONS STUDIED THROUGH ITS RESEARCHKIT FRAMEWORK.
Apple is teaming up with autism researchers in an effort to assess whether the iPhone could be used to help identify young children who may be on the spectrum.
The technology giant said this week that autism is one of three new conditions that will be studied through ResearchKit, an open-source framework that allows scientists to collect data via iPhone apps.
Through an app called “Autism & Beyond” that takes advantage of Apple’s ResearchKit technology, Duke University researchers are looking to collect information from families around the world to test whether a smartphone app can reliably screen kids for autism.
The app includes a parent questionnaire as well as a series of short videos for the child to watch, which are designed to elicit various emotions. Using the iPhone’s camera function, analytical software within the app will assess the children’s facial responses.
Researchers said they hope to collect information from children ages 1 to 6 three times each over the course of six months. Parents will receive feedback, which could include tips for addressing behavior issues or a recommendation that they seek further evaluation for their child.
“Our goal is to develop a screening, like hearing or eyesight at schools,” said Guillermo Sapiro, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke. “They don’t get glasses — they get a referral.”
If successful, researchers said that app-based screening could help identify children with autism at younger ages allowing them to enter intervention programs sooner and see better outcomes long-term.
“It is simply not possible to train enough people to meet the need for early childhood diagnosis,” said Helen Egger, chief of Duke’s Division of Child and Family Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience. “This may be the only way to get screening out to more people.”
First launched six months ago, Apple said more than 100,000 people are already participating in ResearchKit studies looking at everything from asthma to Parkinson’s disease. In addition to autism, Apple said that new projects will focus on epilepsy and melanoma.
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