MORRISTOWN, NJ- The Special Needs Athletic Program (SNAP) has been awarded $25,000 from Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, for their anti-bullying efforts to educate students with their e-learning service, “Kindness is Cool”.
“Kindness is Cool” teaches third to fifth-grade students what it is like to have autism and other disabilities. They learn what exactly autism is and to have empathy for those affected by the diseases through workshops. Adults like first responders can also be trained to help improve the safety of the autistic community.
Autism Speaks has awarded approximately $930,000 in grants to 141 community organizations throughout the country that help improve the quality of life for autistics. The recipients included a career networking workshop and an anti-bullying campaign.
Recipients of Autism Speaks’ Chapter Grants were awarded up to $5,000 for programs addressing needs and concerns in the local autism community.
The Autism Speaks Family Services grant programs are focused on building the field of services for autistics and expanding the capacity to serve this community in the areas of education, recreation and community activities, young adult and adult services, as well as equipment and supportive technology.
Grants provide funding for first responder trainings, career and transition workshops, recreation and educational opportunities.