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Center for Community Inclusion at C.W. Post Awarded Grant from Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

$17,512 award will help develop a skills program for children with autism
and a support group for their siblings

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Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
516-299-2334

Brookville, N.Y. – The Center for Community Inclusion at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University has been awarded a $17,512 grant from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism to create a skills program for children with autism and a support group for their siblings.

The program, “Connections: A Program for Children with Autism and Their Siblings,” will provide social, communication, and leisure skill instruction for children with autism and support for siblings as well as inclusive sibling-child with autism interaction opportunities and training for future service providers (e.g., counselors, educators, speech therapists, psychologists).

“Autism affects all members of a family,” said Dr. Kathleen Feeley, Director of the Center for Community Inclusion and Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Literacy at C.W. Post. “Children with autism often lack fundamental social, communication, and leisure skills to successfully interact with peers, and, critically, their siblings. It is our hope that the Connections program will serve children with autism and their families by facilitating an environment where they can learn, interact, and play.”

The weekend program will utilize faculty and graduate students from multiple departments from the C.W. Post Campus, including Counseling & Development, Psychology, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Special Education & Literacy, and Health, Physical Education & Movement Science.

The Center for Community Inclusion offers services and training for children with autism, their families, school districts, service providers and students. Activities include "Lose the Training Wheels" – a bike-riding program where individuals with disabilities learn to independently ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle and an integrated crafts program that serves 64 children. An approved provider of New York State Department of Education coursework on Autism Spectrum Disorders, the Center was founded in February 2009.

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. was established in 1998 by Heisman Trophy winner and former New England Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their 17-year-old son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.
For more information visit www.flutiefoundation.org.

For information on the Center for Community Inclusion at C.W. Post, call 516-299-2231 or visit www.liu.edu/cwpost/cci.

Posted 01/04/2010

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