The Autism Grant is a tuition scholarship for financially disadvantaged children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Early diagnosis and treatment, between the ages of 2 to 5, is crucial to making a long-term impact on a child’s ability to achieve his or her full potential.
Autism is treatable, yet many families cannot afford to provide their children with the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) treatment recommended by the Surgeon General. Numerous studies have proven the benefits of ABA treatment for children with Autism. Close to 50% of children with autism who receive ABA treatment are able to be "mainstreamed" in the public school system by the age of 5.
Unfortunately, most insurance companies will not cover ABA treatment and the public school systems in many states do not offer this service. ABA treatment requires an intensive 1 to 1 student to teacher ratio for 30 hours or more per week to be fully effective. Tuition for private schools who offer ABA based treatment is financially out of reach for many Americans. Therefore, the mission of the Autism Grant is to make ABA based treatment available to financially disadvantaged children.
The Autism Grant provides tuition scholarships to the Dominion School for Autism located in Richmond, Virginia. The Dominion School for Autism is a 501(c)(3) public charity and is a program of Commonwealth Autism Service, a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the implementation of a statewide system of services designed to maximize the potential and quality of life of each Virginian with autism across the lifespan.
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