A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF AUTISM-FOCUSED EDUCATORS AND THERAPISTS
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Autism is a serious neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to communicate, socialize, focus and learn. Although there is no cure, various therapies can help individuals on the autism spectrum show dramatic improvement to help them reach their maximum potential. The autism diagnosis rate in the U.S. is staggering- 1 in 68 children born today is on the autism spectrum. That figure equates to roughly 150 new diagnoses a day and approximately 50,000 children with autism entering our school systems each year. The challenge is that there are simply not enough educators and therapists to work with children with autism.
of Autism-Focused Educators
Our Mission aggressively addresses the wide gaps in our educational and social systems and aims to drastically increase the number of autism-focused educators and therapists into a marketplace that desperately needs them. Autism MVP is helping children and their families with autism in several ways:
By partnering with leading universities with autism-focused programs to provide scholarships for those who want to pursue a career in working with individuals who have autism
By funding university-led student research studies and projects, and by creating new programs that allow students and current educators in the marketplace to gain practical experience while working with underserved autism populations.
We also identify and support social programs that provide sports, recreation and various therapeutic services to children on the autism spectrum.