HEAL Foundation Grants Awarded in 2011
Riding the Wave of Autism
Surf camp will take place this summer at Jacksonville Beach. It provides the opportunity for children with autism to participate in an activity that appears inaccessible. Children with ASD will be able to participate in surf camp which supports the education and treatment pillars of HEAL.
Equine Assisted Therapy
Haven Ranch, Inc provides Equine Assisted Therapy Treatment sessions and camps to children and adults with disabilities. They are a Licensed Therapeutic Riding Center and have been providing services since 1994. Over 68% of their clients are diagnosed with ASD and their programs have been published in Medical Journals. Children with ASD will be provided the opportunity to participate in equine therapy supporting the treatment, research, and education pillars of HEAL.
Summer Camp for Children with Autism
An eight week summer camp providing children with autism the opportunity to participate in fun activities while practicing life skills. Each week has a theme, which have included basic sports skills, cooking, arts and crafts, and musical exploration under the guidance of ABA instructors and volunteers. This summer camp meets the HEAL pillars of awareness, education, and treatment.
Lose the Training Wheels
Children with a variety of disabilities, including ASD, will participate in an adapted bicycling program where children will learn to balance, steer, and take off on their own. Each camper will attend 75 minute sessions for five days. Children with ASD will learn to ride a bike, resulting in an increase in self esteem and self reliance, and promoting positive family dynamics. Thus meeting the HEAL pillars of education and awareness.
2011 Summer Camp
This camp will provide a more flexible and less intensive ABA program for children with ASD. Children will experience community outings and have the opportunity to learn age appropriate social skills while having fun in a structured environment. The HEAL pillars of education, awareness, and treatment are met through this camp.
This is a continuing grant from 2009 that will be used towards maintaining camp facilities and providing children with the opportunity to attend the camp. Girl Scouts of Gateway Council transports up to fifty campers by bus per day for day camps run by Girl Scout counselors, directors, and adults. Smile Camp provides children ages 5 to 11 with health challenges the possibility to experience the outdoors and create new friends with out thinking about their disabilities. Through Smile Camp, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council promotes the education and awareness pillars of HEAL.
Junior Golf Camp
Junior Golf Camp provides children with ASD to learn about the game of golf at worldclass facilities. The camp takes place at the TPC Sawgrass and will follow the program created by a Master PGA Professional. The program supports the education, awareness, and treatment pillars of HEAL by providing structured activities that will strengthen social and relationship building skills.
Scholarships for Hope
Hope Therapy provides children and adults with special needs, mostly with ASD, with hippotherapy. They use licensed occupational therapists in equine therapy. This technique has been shown to drastically improve function and the quality of life for the patients. The grant would be used to offset the cost of the program. This program meets the education and treatment pillars of HEAL.
A week long summer camp for children with ASD entering grades 1 through 6, taught by full-time Museum Educators with the support of volunteers. Activities include painting, drawing, printmaking, three-dimensional structures, papermaking, sculpting, and more. This camp meets the HEAL pillars of treatment and awareness.
Academic Road Camp
The May Institute’s Florida program provides residential services at nine houses in the community for individuals with disabilities, ages 13-51. This grant will allow individuals with ASD the opportunity to go on field trips to: Marineland; Alligator Farm; Blue Springs Park; Sea Turtle Center; and the Jacksonville Zoo. These field trips allow the participants the opportunity to go out in the community and learn a wide variety of skills under the supervision of highly trained staff. This program meets the HEAL pillars of education, prevention, treatment, and awareness.
HEAL Joey Travolta Film Camp
Joey Travolta and his crew will travel to Jacksonville to run a two-week film camp for children on the spectrum. Participants, ages 10-17, will write, direct, act, and film a short film. This camp will touch on HEAL’s awareness, treatment, and education pillars.