Provide assessment services for 300 children and adolescents with autism and much needed specialized and comprehensive education to 100 students with autism in Venezuela. We aim to develop their skills and abilities to allow them to integrate effectively within their communities. In Venezuela, specialized programs and professionals scarcity combined with hyper-inflation is severely restricting the access to and the provision/operation of non for profit special education/services.
Autism is a complex neurological disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, communication and behavior. Prevalence is 1 of 68; best hope for effective social and family integration is good assessment coupled with specialized education. Venezuela is on a dire situation to face the autism challenge; programs and professionals scarcity combined with hyper-inflation is severely restricting the provision of special education/services. People with autism are massively underserved.
We provide assessment services to more than 300 people annually, comprehensive psycho-educational attention to 100 children/teens with autism and need-based financial support in ranges of 40%-95% of total cost for both. Assessment sessions define the needs and provide guidelines -including advice to family- to address the disorder. Psycho-educational attention provides a structured environment and schedule, and an individualized educational program. We are a private, non for profit program.
We aspire to develop the skills and abilities of children/teens with autism and their families to allow them to integrate more effectively within the society. We seek to provide the right timely assessment necessary to address the developmental needs of those with autism. We are committed to continue learning from global best practices, training teachers, improving our educational model, and more broadly becoming a role model in autism education for others -in Venezuela and beyond- to follow.