ACCEPTS, Inc provides alternative communication training to youth and adults with autism and related disabilities. There are two programs in which the grant will support: 1) a Weekly Social Skills Typing Group and 2) The Scholarship and Supervision program. The Social Skills Training Group will meet 1 hour a week for 8 weeks, and allow communicators the opportunity to type with one another. In addition, it will provide an opportunity for Facilitators and Coaches-in-training to work with new communicators in a structured, supervised environment. During the social skills group, facilitators will gain knowledge to apply in facilitating current communicators. The scholarship program offers families the opportunity to receive discount coaching from coaches-in-training who are supervised by an accredited trainer.
CampAbility is an educational and recreational summer services program for elementary-aged children with Autism and other intellectual/developmental/physical disabilities, provided in a fun and safe environment. We also offer summer camp sessions to the siblings. By doing this, we hope to help alleviate the burden on parents by keeping their children in one location, provide comfort to the camper with special needs by having someone familiar nearby, and include the sibling(s) by offering them companionship with other siblings who walk in their shoes.
Angelwood’s Career Development and Education Center is a dual focused program providing Employment Services and Adult Day Training. Angelwood offers employment services through the Florida Department of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation and through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities via referrals.
Supported Employment- This program targets persons who need added structure and support to achieve and maintain competitive employment in their community. Supported Employment Coaches work with each individual with all aspects of finding, applying for, obtaining, and retaining a job. This includes necessary social, independent, and work skills they will need on the job. They are also assisted with creating a resume as well as taught important skills such as proper work attire, hygiene, etiquette. Once a job is obtained, the Supported Employment Coach is there to help with any area of need, such as: training, work place problems, and help with co-worker and supervisor communication, etc.
Adult Day Training (ADT) – Our adult day program provides supervision and training for adults with cognitive or physical limitations to learn work related skills and to experience the joy and rewards of productivity while also enabling them to earn money. The curriculum builds on work-related skills that translate into the business world. The goal is that the program participants are provided a variety of ways to develop skills that will help them gain greater independence in hopes of one day finding a job in the mainstream workplace. Participants learn important skills such as stocking inventory, counting money, shredding office papers, and learn cleaning and maintenance tasks. In addition, they also produce original works of art, handmade soaps, scarves, beaded jewelry, and note cards. Items may be purchased at area craft shows, gift stores and other venues. One special addition to our arts-based program is The Bells of Angelwood, a hand bell choir that preforms in the community and has recently partnered with Brooks Rehabilitation and Jacksonville University for a community concert.
The grant will be applied to the after school program summer camp and some equipment purchased will be shared with The Arc of the St. Johns Community Campus. The program will provided the individuals with meaningful summertime activities. The staff will use peer-reviewed strategies to enable students with behavioral issues associated with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities(I/DD) to be work towards building skills with the aim of reintroduction to a classroom environment with peers of similar ages and interests, and to have meaningful access to the community in the form of recreational activities, civic responsibilities, and social interests.
BASCA's request is to fund a portion of our Community Inclusion program. We provide various low, no-cost, outings during the year. However, we believe it is important for individuals with differences to occasionally participate in broader community enrichment activities.
To provide free or minimal cost equine-assisted and other recreational activities for contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of persons with Autism and their families. Individuals will participate in either adaptive riding sessions or ground activities on an on-going basis with the aid of side walkers and/or horse handlers. There will also be recreational ranch events where larger groups will be able to socialize i.e. BBQ, barnyard yoga etc.
BridgeHaven Summer Camp Program will provide enrichment experiences utilizing technology and communication for individuals affected by autism. Our campers will be able to participate in thematic summer camp programs with a low staff/camper ratio enabling us to provide physical, emotional, and therapeutic support for each camper. We are a unique camp/school that utilizes typing as a viable means of communication for nonverbal individuals with autism. Summer camp is the opportunity for typers across Jacksonville to come together and participate. We are the only facility that offers typing and support for individuals who use this means of communication. If for some reason, we cannot have camp on our campus due to COVID 19, we would use the grant to pay our teachers to offer private sessions with each camper. They would be able to provide the same thematic activities and enrichment in their individual sessions with our students, as well as even offering some virtual opportunities.
Collage Day School’s Learning Enrichment Achievement Program (LEAP) is a program designed to optimize instruction during the school day for students with differing abilities in the domains of curriculum and learning, social/emotional, communication, and independent functioning. Students receive instruction from a teacher(s) trained in various modalities and learning methods to ensure the needs of each student are met. Students work with the teacher and support staff to create a prescriptive schedule allowing students to progress with individual learning, social emotional, communication, and independent functioning goals. Weekly progress monitoring is provided to ensure that students are on track to achieve all of their goals.
One signature agency program at Daniel Memorial is Daniel Academy, our specialized elementary private school (K-7) dedicated to providing intensive academic and behavioral for children who have been diagnosed with emotional, learning, intellectual and developmental disabilities across a wide spectrum, including autism. The 43 students enrolled at Daniel Academy are the very children who have fallen through the cracks in the public education system because their needs have not been met at critical developmental junctures.
The school exists because studies show that the farther that disabled and/or economically disadvantaged children fall below their peers during elementary and middle school, the more likely that they will drop out of school by age 16, thus limiting their options to transition to independence as adults. Daniel Academy seeks to improve the outcomes for these children through enhancements such as mindfulness yoga, art, music, and social skills development. Many children receive on-site mental health services. The school has fully integrated the evidence-based “Trust-Based Relational Intervention” model to establish strong bonds between school personnel and the children.
The purpose for this grant request is to fund weekly yoga classes for all children during the 2020-2021 school year. While the Florida Department of Education scholarships provide sufficient funds for core services, such as academic instruction and facility management, grant funds are needed for critical enhancements that are known to make significant impact of the student body. We know from the literature and from prior experience that children that are exposed to yoga and mindfulness, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, experience a reduction of pain, anxiety, aggression, obsessive behaviors, and self-stimulatory activities. While their strength and flexibility also improves, the most important benefit is the improved ability to regulate emotions (thus decreasing stress and anxiety). Subsequently, they are able better able to establish the strong peer, family and other adult bonds that are critical for normal childhood development.
Growing Together will once again use our summer funds for field trips for our students. We will take one field trip per week as an entire school, and will also take our oldest students out on one community outing per week. Community outings will consist of trips to Publix, Walmart, Chick Fil A, and the laundromat. Field trips for everyone will include some fun and some fun-educational locations such as Velocity/Fit Flight, Cummer Museum, MOSH, O2B Kids and more!
10-week summer program. Funds will help provide learning in a fun environment while promoting age-appropriate social skills. Each week we will provide participants with an awesome fun summer experience. We will utilize community resources and volunteers to enhance the experience.
Families report better behavior, improved social skills, and a drive to want to achieve more. Participants in the activities get to experience summer fun activities many children take for granted, as well as continue to work on academics. They explore new activities and begin to ignite passions for recreational fun that carries over into the rest of the year. This kindled passion in these students leads to students gaining independence and thus less dependency on families and the State of Florida for support. We help each student discover their gifts and talents and develop them into job and living skills.
We are also working on a Service Bear Project to provide weighted stuffed bears to assist with behavioral needs at home, assist with bed-time issues as well as providing support when a family is out in the community.
Camp Hope is a summer camp enrichment program tailored for children and youth ages 3-22 with special needs, including developmental, intellectual, physical, and social/emotional challenges. Siblings and peers without special needs are welcome. A camp session operates Monday-Friday from 7:30 am-5:30 pm and includes field trips, sports, arts and crafts, and academic and social skills development. Because it is based on Hope Haven’s campus, families can add the benefit of therapy to a child’s day, including speech, OT, PT, counseling, or applied behavior therapy.
Hope Therapy provides Healing with the Help of the Horse for special needs children with a wide variety of diagnoses, including autism, developmental delays, Down Syndrome and more. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have developed a specialized teletherapy program to keep our patients moving forward in their therapy goals. Thus far we have experienced a high rate of success and patient satisfaction, and plan to continue teletherapy and some in-home visits as long as necessary.
Horses For Hope ~ In partnership with Ronald McDonald House, Hope Therapy also visits hospitalized children facing life threatening illness and debilitating chronic conditions. The children are able to interact with our ponies, feeding and petting them for a bright spot in their otherwise challenging day. Each child receives a small plush toy pony in remembrance of the occasion, with a tag that reads, ‘good for one free pony ride at Hope Therapy’. Their smiles tell the story, as faces light up with anticipation and a goal is set for their future. The idea of a free pony ride and a toy to remind them rekindle hope, providing incentive to view the future in a more positive light.
Horseplay Therapy provides scholarships for children with disabilities who need financial assistance to participate in physical, occupational, and speech therapy on horseback to kids who otherwise could not participate.
During the summer, Indigo Art Therapy will be offering adaptive Art + Mindfulness Groups for individuals with autism. We will be providing separate groups for kids and teens, either virtually or in-person, depending on student needs and recommended public health practices.
The funding will provide students and their siblings the opportunity to experience a broad range of summer enrichment programs. In past years we have been gifted the opportunity to provide experiences including piano, therapeutic horseback riding, music & art groups, zoo trips, surfing experiences, dolphin interactions, and other community field trips. For most children on the autism spectrum, the abrupt change of a schedule that transitions from school to summer can be a challenge. To facilitate comfort in regards to this transition, JSA offers an intensive learning continuum along with a focus on physical activity and social fun" during the summer months. JSA gladly includes siblings of students with ASD into our summer program. This extension comes from our understanding of the financial and logistic difficulties parents with multiple children encounter during the summer months. Inclusion of our typical siblings is also important to build positive experiences and relationships with their ASD brother/sister.
The Crisis Negotiations Unit of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office supports the mission of the agency in serving and protecting in partnership with our community. In this mission the Unit encounters a wide variety of individuals in crisis for a number of reasons. The Unit spends much of its time studying a wide variety of psychological traits, communication strategies, and operating procedures; all with the goal of preserving the lives of individuals in crisis through verbal communication. As the team seeks to expand its knowledge-base, it is interested in learning more about the autism spectrum and how we can better communicate with persons on the autism spectrum in crisis. The funds granted will go directly toward obtaining training in these areas through a known provider with expertise in this field. It is the Team’s hope that this will enhance the ability to produce a favorable outcome during such an encounter. Through this effort, it is the Team’s objective to fulfill the Sheriff’s Core Values of “Always Improving”, “Community Focused”, and “Respect for Each Other”.
For our Intensive Summer Program The Jericho School would like to provide the opportunity for children with autism a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills once a week at We Rock The Spectrum, an all inclusive gym in Jacksonville, Florida.
Kids Connect Today is a social skills program for children, teens and young adults with autism. Kids Connect Today will use grant funds to provide scholarships to families who cannot afford our classes.
We are requesting funding for the cost to print memory books/yearbooks. Throughout the year, we capture many memories and the memory book/yearbook is something every student looks forward to at the end of the school year. The yearbook is not only a memory book but a communication tool for the students. Students who are non-verbal can communicate the school they are from, their teachers, friends and all the activities they were apart of throughout the school year.
Multi-sensory and physically engaging materials allow our learners to explore independently and with others, building personal confidence and building play and social skills with peers. The funds will be used to purchase materials and equipment that will aid in all students further developing and participating in social skills, play skills, and adaptive skills. Additionally, included are stepping stones for a mindfulness pathway to allow students to individualize and create a stepping stone. These steppingstones (concrete forms the students can decorate and imprint with their handprint) will create a pathway for the students to utilize outdoors. Students can use the mindfulness pathway for sensory breaks, self-regulation, and coping skills. Below are links to materials that aid in facilitating hands-on materials that are necessary for students to increase exposure to new resources. This grant would serve in excess of 25 students with Autism for the 2019-2020 School year.This grant would also serve other students with varying exceptionalities including, but not limited to: students with specific learning disabilities, reading disabilities, language impairments, Down’s syndrome, developmental disabilities, other health impairments, communication impairments, language impairments, ADHD and ADD.
Peace of Heart Farm is a 1 acre organic garden located within a residential group home for young adults with autism. Peace of Heart Farm has launched a Vocational Enrichment Program, an inclusion program for young adults affected by autism to engage with nondisabled peers in a community setting. The Vocational Enrichment Program teaches participants farm related vocational life skills such as seeding, transplanting, harvesting, and business practices pertaining to the farm. The participants work alongside peer volunteers to assist them in task completion, with the serene backdrop of nature and the mutually beneficial fostering of meaningful relationships. The Vocational Enrichment Program will expand their reach by partnering with local community farms for educationally infused field trips.
Peace of Heart Farm also offers a “Farm to Doorstep” Produce Delivery service, in which residents of the home assist in assembling and delivering produce to community members
Peace of Heart Home is requesting a grant for two specific summer programs: a) Gather Together: a twice monthly social group offered to community members affected by autism, and b) PohCAMP: a vocational, social, and health focused summer camp for residents and respite clients.
“Better Together” - Due to the recent global health crisis, social isolation has greatly impacted those who are medically fragile or have special needs such as autism. At Peace of Heart Home, we will offer a happy, healthy, and “socially distant friendly” environment for individuals with autism to have a home away from home. We will host a twice monthly social gathering for teens and young adults. The program will offer alternative communication conversations, socialization with peers, activities promoting motor skills development, and most importantly - FUN! Program offerings will include water activities, interactive games, video games, cooking/baking lessons, physical fitness, and social bonding.
“PohCAMP: Cultivating A Meaningful Purpose” The onsite summer camp will allow for meaningful and engaging activities for resident and respite clients. Activities will focus on acquisition of life tasks, increasing social/community opportunities, and building health and wellness from the inside out. The goal of CAMP aligns with the mission of PoH: To create a meaningFULL life for those affected by autism.
Our summer "HEALing Families" Groups will include social skills for teens on the autism spectrum, as well as a parent group. Therapists Katherine Lycke, LMFT and Janeen Herskovitz, LMHC will lead the groups. These are programs that have been running consistently for several years, but with the recent pandemic, we are prepared to take these online via Zoom, a platform we have been using during the past two months to see clients and groups in our practice. The groups will meet weekly for six consecutive weeks.
Reach Academy's S.T.E.A.Ming through Summer Program will be a 6-week summer program focusing on social skills and S.T.E.A.M. Each week, the camp will provide three hands-on video lessons with the teacher and one face to face outing per week. The summer program will provide social skills education with engaging and interactive S.T.E.A.M activities.
S.T.E.A.M is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We decided to begin a summer camp due to parent demand. Many families reached out with the need for a summer program due to summer camp closures caused by COVID-19.
Our students have been utilizing video chats during quarantine to maximize their at home virtual learning experience. This was a crucial component in making at home learning a success. Classroom parents commented on how the consistent, scheduled video chats were important in boosting their child's moral and mental health. During this crisis, our students are struggling to understand why we can't be together at school. Incorporating video chats and video lessons to each day have helped our students manage this difficult change.
Spring Fling is a dance for persons with Autism and their friends and families. This is the fifth year we have planned this dance. It is a quieter, more gentle gathering based on a beach, surf and Hawaiian theme. It is an opportunity for children, teens and young adults to gather with their friends and families for a dance. We provide beautiful decorations, snacks, drinks, music, photos and party favors for attenders.
Everyone deserves to thrive. That simple statement is at the heart of the mission of Spectrum Thrift Store, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide employment opportunities to teens and adults with autism and developmental delays. Since Spectrum’s highly qualified board and staff began retail operations at its store in St. Johns County, Florida in 2017, the organization has provided training and employment opportunities to over 100 individuals with special abilities. Ten have since been hired by other companies. Spectrum’s vision is to expand to operate a facility in each county in Florida, each one a thrift store and training site where 90% of employees are autistic or developmentally delayed. We are expanding our work at our recently opened second location. This expansion will enable us to train and/or employ 85 additional individuals with special abilities each year.
The CSS program for Abess Park Elementary is the only all Pre-K CSS department in Duval County. We have 7 classrooms with students whose age ranges from 3-5. We provide support for children diagnosed with language impairments, ASD, developmentally delayed, and varying exceptionalities. All of our students receive speech and language therapy, most receive occupational therapy, and some receive physical therapy. As teachers we provide emotional, academic, and behavior supports for the children and their families. We are highly regarded within our community and continually strive for success and independent functioning of our students. We utilize ABA strategies to mange behavior and provide constant love and support for our students, families, community, and our staff. As a Duval county public school our funding is based on the district's budget which is scarce. As we returned to brick and mortar our supplies are outdated and carpets, etc, have been used and abused over the years. We are in desperate need for new materials particularly coming back during a pandemic. Any contribution, funding, and grant will be utilized to the utmost ability and provide a new and improved classroom environment for our students.
Purchase additional adaptive and safety equipment to create the best experience possible for the participants. We offer free or minimal cost equine assisted and other recreational activities to contribute positively to the cognitive physical emotional and social well being of individuals with autism and their families. Individuals will participate in adaptive riding sessions or ground activities on an ongoing basis with the aid of sidewalkers and horse handlers. Plan to have social and recreational events for participants and their families including a Family Fun Day and Moms' Retreat.
Riding. Recreation. Respite.
BridgeHaven Academy was founded in 2016 to provide a challenging learning environment that values the right for accessible and effective communication. We discovered there was a huge need in our community to train parents in various methods of communication so that nonspeaking individuals would be able to effectively communicate in their natural settings, so we have started BridgeHaven Communication Clinic to serve our community. It is our belief that through presuming competence and valuing the basic human right of communication, meaningful opportunities for inclusion will happen.
Connecting Thru Music, Inc is a 501c3 non-profit established in 2018 for the purpose of providing music experiences and music therapy to children with special needs in Northeast Florida. Currently CTM is providing services either in-person or virtually at over a dozen schools and settings. We desperately need funding for our in-school services at Neptune Beach Elementary and Mandarin Oaks Elementary and the programs which take place during the school day.
One signature agency program at Daniel Memorial is Daniel Academy, our specialized elementary private school (K-7) dedicated to providing intensive academic and behavioral for children who have been diagnosed with emotional, learning, intellectual and developmental disabilities across a wide spectrum, including autism. The school exists because studies show that the farther that disabled and/or economically disadvantaged children fall below their peers during elementary and middle school, the more likely that they will drop out of school by age 16, thus limiting their options to transition to independence as adults. Daniel Academy seeks to improve the outcomes for these children through enhancements such as mindfulness yoga (courtesy of HEAL!), art, social skills development and on-site mental health services. The school has fully integrated the evidence-based “Trust-Based Relational Intervention” model to establish strong bonds between school personnel and children.
This grant request comprises funding for four exciting educational field trips for the 2020-2021 student body, two of which are virtual. The field trips include the Jacksonville Zoo, the Cummer Museum and the COVID friendly FSCJ Artist Services educational films, including Chicken Dance and Numbers Don’t Lie: The Truth About How Math Has Changed Civilization.
I work for the Duval County district as a contracted SLP. I am in need of funding for materials to support my services virtually and on campus for my ESE kids. I have over 64 students between two schools in the district with minimal funding. Any amount would be helpful in providing materials, PPE, and equipment such as colored printer, laminator, ink, etc.
The preschool and Primary ASD student playground is in dire need of all new equipment. Many items are broken or breaking and are so old that we can not get replacements. We have asked our PFA to make this a funding priory, however with the restrictions for COVID-19, many of our larger fundraising events have been cancelled for this year. If we could get the grant to purchase 1-2 smaller items, then PFA could focus on getting one of the larger items on our wish list.
The Greenwood School currently serves 171 students in grades sixth through twelve, the majority of whom have diagnosed learning differences and/or other difficulties that impact their learning. Some of the learning differences include—but are not limited to—high-functioning autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia, developmental delays, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), delays in visual and auditory processing, visual/motor integration, short-term memory deficits, etc. Our staff use a variety of multi-sensory approaches and teaching methods to allow students to successfully engage with the curriculum. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of the students attend high school and all graduates earn a traditionally tracked diploma. The curriculum is guided by the Florida Standards, and Greenwood is fully accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS).
Our SEL program currently consists of a guidance based class in every grade level, 6th through 12th grade, and focuses on social competencies and team building in our lower grades. The classes develop throughout high school, where the students focus on study skills, public speaking, critical thinking and college / career planning through senior year. These classes are conducted in small group settings of around 10 children and form the backbone of our curriculum here at Greenwood. As well as this compulsory class which each student is required to take each year, social thinking is infused throughout the day into every class. Many students who use ABA therapy, find these classes compliment the one to one work they do in their therapy, and sometimes replace the need for the ABA therapy classes completely.
Funds will provide financial assistance to students engaged in Employment and Transition Services who require additional mental health support services. Programs include:
• Hope Academy - a business-led collaboration that helps young adults with special needs develop job skills through internships that teach them how to gain and maintain employment. This is a one-year program that engages students from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The primary goal is paid employment.
• Employment Services – Certified and experienced employment professionals provide job search and employment assistance to individuals with disabilities who want to find or maintain a job. Participants receive interview and resume training, job search guidance, and on-site job training.
• Employment Camp – a two-week intensive experience designed to give employment-eligible students with special needs direction on gaining and maintaining employment.
• Paid On-the-Job Training at Hope Haven - On-campus trainers help interns in various departments acclimate to the employment environment while gaining experience as a paid staff member.
Indigo Art Therapy Studio will be partnering with HEAL to create specialized art-to-go kits, designed to meet the needs of individuals with autism enrolled in virtual programming. Additionally, we plan to bring our inclusive and adaptive art + yoga mindfulness programs to classrooms and studios throughout the community through our outreach programming.
Jacksonville School for Autism (JSA) invites the HEAL Foundation to come alongside our mission to provide funding in the amount of $1,000.00 to supplement the JSA Staff Technology Project. At JSA, we follow an integrative model that blends both academic and social elements. Our teachers and therapists require new, updated laptops and software that will allow them to monitor the progress of our students through their individual learning programs. Technology is at the core of all student and program management at JSA. Staff currently utilize a proprietary software system which allows teachers to track and measure skill and behavioral targets as well as implement and evaluate programs. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the need for remote learning, we nee tp update laptops and software.
This grant would allow us to provide our ESE Classrooms with sensory materials and equipment for children with autism. By making available a variety of appropriate sensory stimulating fun and educating materials, we can enhance the ability of children with autism to process and learn. We can also avoid the predisposition that children with autism have to encompassing preoccupation and restricted patterns of stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms. Sensory stimulating equipment can also be utilized to reinforce play skills, social interaction and communication skills with children with autism.
Sensory Safe Swimmers is a program geared specifically toward swimmers on the autism spectrum. Studies have shown that children with autism are more likely to drown than neurotypical swimmers. Through these specialized swim lessons, swimmers are more likely to succeed in a quiet atmosphere with minimal noise and distractions. The classes are designed with a 1:1 ratio with a certified instructor, so more attention can be placed on swimmers’ needs.
Thanks to the past generosity of HEAL, the JCA has provided scholarship assistance to 10 children participating in this program. There are currently ten children registered for this session of the Sensory Safe Swimmers program. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these lessons have been temporarily postponed.
No one should ever be denied swim lessons or being on a swim team due to any physical or cognitive differences, and the JCA welcomes swimmers of all ages and abilities to learn and be safe in the water.
We offer social skills classes for children, teens and young adults with autism. We work on specific goals such as sharing, turn taking, reciprocal conversation, developing friendships and dealing with winning and losing.
Mainspring Academy is seeking to enhance and improve our sensory room equipment. We would like to provide the best space for true sensory stimulation, calming, and vestibular and tactile input that is appropriate for our students of all ages, sizes, and needs.
North Florida School of Special Education is requesting a grant from the HEAL Foundation to update and expand its Occupational Therapy equipment, a component of the Calm Classroom/Mindfulness Program. HEAL Foundation has been an integral partner to NFSSE over the years, and we hope you will join us in equipping our classrooms for our students with autism!
With the increased student enrollment that accompanied NFSSE’s campus expansion, and the new COVID sanitation protocols, NFSSE is updating and adding therapeutic resources that do not need to be shared among the growing student body. Currently, NFSSE only has three weighted animals available for use in the Christy and Lee Smith Lower School Campus. This funding would allow us to equip all eight classrooms with occupational therapy equipment, including weighted lap pads and animals to support student learning.
Oak Hill Academy is requesting funding to create a sensory garden for our students with Autism. Research indicates that individuals with Autism have sensory integration challenges and often struggle to maintain focus and self-regulation. The purpose of the sensory garden is to provide our students with productive and holistic opportunities to be outside, nurture their sensory systems and to socialize with their peers. Our sensory garden would provide our students with a calming and stimulating sensory experience to reduce stress and anxiety and enrich their senses (touch, smell, taste, see, hear) while providing vestibular and proprioception feedback (movement and balance).
Join our community by becoming a raised bed partner! Our garden has raised beds piled full of organic soil. Purchase a bed for a year and reap the benefits of fresh, organic produce. Once you purchase a bed, we will grow, transplant and maintain your bed for you. You will be able to pick up your produce every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. If there is a schedule change to the harvest pick-up, you will be notified the week before. *
Peace of Heart Farm is a 1 acre organic garden located within a residential group home for young adults with autism. Peace of Heart Farm has launched a Vocational Enrichment Program, an inclusion program for young adults affected by autism to engage with non-disabled peers in a community setting. The Vocational Enrichment Program teaches participants farm related vocational life skills such as seeding, transplanting, harvesting, and business practices pertaining to the farm. The participants work alongside peer volunteers to assist them in task completion, with the serene backdrop of nature and the mutually beneficial fostering of meaningful relationships. The Vocational Enrichment Program will expand their reach by partnering with local community programs and volunteers.
Peace of Heart Home is requesting a grant for our Fall program: “Better Together” - Due to the recent global health crisis, social isolation has greatly impacted those who are medically fragile or have special needs such as autism. At Peace of Heart Home, we will offer a happy, healthy, and “socially distant friendly” environment for individuals with autism to have a home away from home. The program will offer alternative communication conversations, socialization with peers, activities promoting motor skills development, and most importantly - FUN! Program offerings will include hands on activities, interactive games, video games, cooking/baking lessons, physical fitness to include pilates, yoga, art & ju jitsu, as well as social bonding.
Our fall onsite program will allow for meaningful and engaging activities for resident and respite clients. Activities will focus on acquisition of life tasks, increasing social/community opportunities, and building health and wellness from the inside out. The goal of the program aligns with the mission of POH: To create a meaningFULL life for those affected by autism.
Pine Castle provides skills training and employment opportunities for adults with autism and intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) in on-campus workshops, and through partnership with local businesses, and city and state employers. Our program fills a critical gap in day training for adults with differences in the Jacksonville area. But even meaningful activity in the various workshops can prove stressful for adults with autism and I/DD, leading to “sensory overload”. HEAL’s generous grant in 2019 provided funding for a learning workshop “make over” with new tables and chairs and fresh paint. The HEAL Foundation Workshop now has a new calming “sensory space” along with the updated production room furniture. The sensory space allows adult participants to take a break when they are under stress and feel overwhelmed giving adults with autism and I/DD the chance to rest, recover, and return to their work or skills training. The sensory area’s soft lighting, aromatherapy, fidget toys, and pleasant environment offers the perfect spot for participants to de-escalate.
But now we need to complete the renovation in The HEAL Foundation Workshop with just a few additional touches:
• Make baseboard repairs
• Create additional storage for production materials
• Purchase vibrant and inspirational large canvas prints
• Add a few more learning items to the sensory area
Pinedale Elementary is title one school. It is home to students from prek-5th grade. Pinedale has a program for students with communication and social skills disorders which primarily serves students with Autism.
A weekly 30 minute music therapy session for our elementary grade level classroom. Mr. Jacob Schuman, our music teacher, will conduct a session for all the students in the classroom that combines and encourages things like vocalizations, turn-taking, labeling, and counting, that in turn benefits students that need encouragement and support in language, cognitive, receptive, physical and behavioral skills.
Our goal is to maintain and expand our current classroom garden. The purpose of the project is to educate students about where food comes from and the nutritional benefits of eating fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Students who learn to grow their own food are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables. They are also more likely to carry this healthy habit into adulthood, as well, which can stave off diet-related disease over a lifetime. The students will also benefit by having an outdoor classroom. Gardens create an outdoor atmosphere that is great for kids with different learning styles and abilities to work in groups and engage in hands-on, cross disciplinary education. School gardens are important because what we fee our children, and what we teach them about food in school shapes how they learn, how they grow, and how they live. With only 2% of all children that eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables this is very important for important to their development. The typical student receives approximately 3.4 hours of nutrition education each year.
The funds will be used to purchase 4 Dell Chromebooks for the classroom to enhance my students' educational experience.
I am requesting a grant to fulfill an order of classroom chromebooks. I do not have any desktops for my students to use. We often have a difficult time going to the library to use the desktops there due to behaviors.
My self-contained classroom consists of 7 Autism Spectrum Disorder 9th-12th grade students. We are in need of a class set of Chromebooks to assist in project based learning, literacy and cross curriculum learning and development; also, integrating technology with learning is fun!
We have the awesome pleasure to work with amazing 9-12th grade Autism Spectrum Disorder students, in a low-functioning/high-behavioral self-contained classroom at Ridgeview High School. We began throwing ideas around at the beginning of the school year on things we wanted to do in our double-wide portable/classroom to enhance our kiddos educational experience. Fortunately, now that we know our students interests better, we have some fun and creative ideas we think they'll really love, including building a sensational sensory wall and adding fun educational toys/sets in the room to practice their academic, social and fine motor skills.
Our Panther Challenge Transition Program provides a structured, vocational learning environment for ESE students. We focus on several learning areas including daily living skills, money handling, hygiene, customer service, and various job skills.
Our classroom does many activities to ensure our students are exposed to as many experiences as possible. We have a beautiful classroom garden where we grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers. Students tend the garden with us and learn landscaping skills throughout the school year. It is also a place our students can choose to relax in. We have different seating options to choose from (outdoor rocking chair, bench, swing, hammock chair).
This school year we will also be offering custom greeting cards to staff for purchase. Our students will become familiar with the Cricut Joy and the card making process along with learning the skills necessary to fill custom orders.
The biggest venture our classroom takes on each year is our coffee shop! This is an amazing way for our students to learn real world skills while having an enormous, positive effect on our school culture. We would love to be able to expand our coffee shop and offer more products this year by adding an espresso machine to our arsenal.
In our classroom we truly believe that our students deserve the same opportunities as their peers and we want to do everything in our power to provide them with anything we can imagine!
At this current time, the needs of my classroom is to help my students further explore content/subject/topics with independent research via the internet.
Ridgeview High School has the largest ESE/ASD population in Northeast Florida and meets the academic, physical, and social needs of over 140 student’s grades 9-12. Within the Exceptional Education department there is a Performing Arts ESE class where students are exposed to many of the facets of the Fine Arts. With the grant money opportunities to be creative and express oneself through art will be made possible.
Westside High is a Title 1 school dedicated to serving students with autism. We are in the process of setting up a sensory room and are in need of sensory support. The room is going to have a variety of sensory items. The grant money will be used to setup a sensory room for our special needs students, by purchasing a variety of sensory items.