Take 2: Teaching Children w/ Autism Washington, DC

by Take 2: An Innovative Program for Social Learning
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Summary

Children with Aspergers and High Functioning Autism overcome loneliness and isolation at Take 2 Camp, which relies on recent advances in autism research to teach friendship skills.
$90,000
total goal
$10,481
remaining
566
donors
1
monthly donor
7
years active

Challenge

Without special training, many bright, creative individuals with autism spectrum disorders are unable to enter mainstream school or work environments. Founded by a team of parents, special education experts and mental health professionals, Take 2's intensive summer program teaches kids vital skills and educates their parents and schools, too. Take 2 affirmatively recruits and provides financial aid to ensure the camp reflects the rich diversity of its Washington, DC community.

Solution

Campers enjoy four weeks of hard work and great fun, their days full of celebration as they learn and practice the fundamentals of social interaction. Parents engage in activities at home each evening that reinforce their child's new skills.

Long-Term Impact

Campers experience social success, often for the first time, and know the joy of having a friend and being an appreciated member of a group. They gain skills that allow them to participate more fully in and share their gifts with the larger world.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.take2camp.org
Take 2 website
Newspaper article about Take 2 from 2009
Washington Post article about Take 2 from 2004
NPR's Morning Edition story on Take 2 from 2004

Organization Information

Take 2: An Innovative Program for Social Learning

Location: Bethesda, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.take2camp.org/​
Project Leader:
Lisa Greenman
Washington, DC United States

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