Nov 27, 2020

How can we help?

As the health, economic and humanitarian crisis unfolded, we dedicated our resources to continuously and creatively redefine how we address the unforeseen, sudden and constant challenges our community is facing.

During these months we have utilized our expertise to aid our Autismo en Voz Alta families. The objective has been to help them implement home routines that significantly benefit their family and specifically their loved one with autism.

The results have been amazing: kids are learning, parents are relieved, and families are glad. In addition, the experience has raised awareness and shed light on the power of family led guided structure and intervention.

Our hope and your support have been our driving force. We are very grateful for your steadfastness, and to the team of professionals and families that have made this possible.

We have introduced four new services to our communityThese complement our traditional in-person services, which we expect to become fully operational next year.

  1. AVA en Casa: Individual tailor-made home-based routines, activities, and intervention strategies. We accompany, guide and train each family via video chat led by a team of specialized teachers and psychologists.
  2. Autism support: Free dedicated help line, and Instagram Live's by our specialists to address the needs and concerns of the autism community.
  3. Development screening: Specialized screening for families concerned with their child's development. The service includes tips to address communication, behavioral and sensory issues.
  4. Recreational afternoons: Three-hour sessions at our facilities, following safety protocols, led by our specialized teachers. The objective is to provide children a chance to spend an afternoon playing and, provide time-off to care-givers.

In addition, we have reviewed, enhanced and streamlined remote processes, and are designing new training tools for both families and professionals. We have re-organized to function in small teams, equipped and trained our personnel, and have adopted strict cost control measures.

We are committed to provide effective, creative and meaningful support for as many families coping with autism as possible. Your trust motivates us, the resilience and gratitude of our families inspires us.

On behalf of all of us at Autismo en Voz Alta, THANK YOU. Your support makes it all possible. 

With gratitude, 

Marianella 

 

Aug 4, 2020

Coping, Learning and Moving Forward

El Huerto de Alfonso - Un proyecto especial
El Huerto de Alfonso - Un proyecto especial

In March, as the global health and economic crisis unfolded, we dedicated our resources to address the unforeseen and sudden challenge:finish the school year, creatively and cost effectively,ensuring our kids development and wellbeing.

The results have been amazing: kids coping and learning, grateful parents, relieved families, engaged professionals and, increased reach. In addition, the experience raised awareness andshed light on the power of family led comprehensive guided support at and from home.

HOPE has been the driving force. We are very grateful to the team of professionals and families that made this possible.

Today, as we move into the summer break and, expect to continue serving our community remotely during the fall, we have decided to seize the opportunity and capitalize on the experience to launch, starting in September 2020, three services for Spanish-speaking families in Venezuela and abroad:

  1. Development at home and from home: Individual tailor-made home-based routines, skill development plan, evaluation and, activities. We accompany, guide and train each and every family via video chat led by a team of specialized teachers and psychologists.
  2. Autism support: Free dedicated help line, and IG lives by our specialists to address the needs and concerns of the autism community.
  3. Development screening: Specialized screening for families concerned with their child development. The service includes tips to address communication, behavioral and sensory issues.

During the summer break we will review, enhance and streamline remote processes and, design new training tools for both families and professionals. In addition, we will restructure our organization to function in small teams, equip and train our personnel and, adopt strict cost control measures.

We are committed to working fulltime from home providing effective, creative and meaningful support for as many families coping with autism as possible. Your thrust motivates us, the resilience and gratitude of our families inspires us.

As we move into the summer break, all our community – kids, patients, teachers, volunteers, professionals and their families – still at home.

Fear and uncertainty continue to prevail as the stay-at-home orders due to COVID19 are taking place under an ongoing severe humanitarian, economic and political crisis in Venezuela. Mitigating measures to address the economic impact have yet to be implemented. However, we remain committed and determined to continue addressing the needs of the autism community. Your support makes it possible.

On behalf of all of us at Autismo en Voz Alta, THANK YOU

With gratitude, 

Marianella

Apr 21, 2020

AT YOUR SIDE, BY YOUR SIDE

Dulce and Alfonzo developing skills at home
Dulce and Alfonzo developing skills at home

Dear Donor:

THANK YOU for being part of Autismo en Voz Alta. We feel blessed. It is a privilege. In these uncertain times, our thoughts are with you. We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.

I write full of hope, and extremely grateful. As a result of your investment and trust we have been able to have significant impact in our community. What we have built, what we have accomplished, give us the motivation and strength to persevere. We are inspired by our children, and the resilience of our community.

The pandemic is taking place in Venezuela under an ongoing severe humanitarian crisis and measures to mitigate the economic impact have yet to be implemented. The country is under lockdown and gasoline is scarce, severely limiting mobility.

As a result, we expect our community to remain home based in the near future. We are in uncharted waters facing a totally new and different challenge: coping and managing confinement and a change in dynamics at home, while ensuring our students with autism continue developing – at home - the skills they need.

For a person with autism, change, confinement and uncertainty are extremely overwhelming. He/She faces behavioral and sensory challenges that can be, and often are, disruptive for his/her family. For our professionals, providing services and helping remotely requires challenging paradigms and doing things differently.

In the face of such unique challenge we are reinventing ourselves to provide our community with much needed remote training, advice, support and guidance to address and meet the needs of their children with autism, while ensuring our community stays safe, healthy and productive.

As always, we are working hard, yet remotely, implementing several and innovative operating, organizational and financial initiatives to protect our personnel, effectively support our student’s families at home, while providing our services at the standards and impact level we are known for.

Specifically, we are partnering with our families to design and implement tailor-made home-based skills development plans, we have opened a telephone helpline to provide timely advice and assistance to caregivers and parents and, have created Instagram-live training to provide insights into most pressing issues. In parallel, our personnel continue developing new tools, processes and materials.  

We are determined to preserve Autismo en Voz Alta; a legacy that we can all feel very proud of. We are extremely grateful for your unwavering support. THANK YOU.

 
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