Beginning in 2003, a collaboration between The FAR Fund and the New York State Office of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD), developed and administered by the Fund for Social Change, provided grants to agencies to offer innovative person-centered services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
This grant helped establish an information and support center specifically designed to empower parents of children with an inclusive range of developmental disabilities.
The Children’s Aid East Harlem Center launched My Baby and Me (Mí bebé y yo), a first step towards a holistic, relationship-based, age zero to five program, including weekly group parent-child socialization sessions, as well as monthly home-based visits.
This grant helped to pilot Person-Centered Planning (PCP), a program that served fifteen students with Autism Spectrum Disorders each year, providing support as they transitioned between the securities of public school services and the uncertainty of adult services.
A grant from The FAR Fund extended and increased the efficiency of Easter Seal’s services by allowing the Child Development Center to hire a part-time social worker and a part-time nurse for a family outreach program.
Support from The FAR Fund allowed The Department of Special Education at Hunter College to recruit five to seven experienced Fellows to strengthen certain intervention areas while performing intensive research.
This grant allowed for the upgrade of a video about the PeaceMaking Initiative, a preventative project with a focus on ethnic intolerance, including a book and a quilt detailing the experiences of young New Yorkers on 9/11.
Title Sentence: This four year grant helped Job Path launch a pilot project to help ten young people with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) lead productive and satisfying lives in their communities.