ADDRESSING THE CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF AUTISM
EDUCATORS AND THERAPISTS
Autism is a serious neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to communicate, socialize, focus and learn. It has been proven that 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 59 children born today is on the autism spectrum. That figure equates to roughly 150 new diagnoses a day and approximately 60,000 children with autism entering our school systems each year. In New Jersey, where the foundation is located, the diagnosis rates is 1 in 34, which is the highest in the country and equates to 3,000 children each year receiving an autism diagnosis. The challenge is that there are simply not enough educators and therapists to work with children with autism.
We had a great turnout at our 5th annual Walk Event in November 2019 that raised more than $17,000!
Our mission is to increase the number of autism-focused educators and therapists to meet the current and future needs of students on the autism spectrum.
We accomplish this by supporting training and professional development programs for teachers, therapists and paraprofessionals, and by providing scholarships.
Our current initiatives include:
1. Funding the groundbreaking Autism Program Improvement Project with Monmouth University.
2. A scholarship program for graduate students who are committed to pursuing a career in the various fields that improve educational, social and daily life skill outcomes for individuals with autism.
Our Second Annual "Sunday with Santa" in December 2019 at Circle Hyundai was a huge hit! This sensory-friendly event provided the opportunity for children and their families to have their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
The Autism MVP Foundation has underwritten the groundbreaking Autism Program Improvement Project with Monmouth University by donating $40,000 to date.