Colorado Autism Software and Services Company to Award $50,000 in Autism Support Grants to Colorado Public Elementary Schools
Deadline to Apply Extended to August 30, 2012
LAKEWOOD, Colo., May 31, 2012 – Trumpet Behavioral Health, a Lakewood, Colo.-based provider of behavior treatment services, today announced it will award five $10,000 grants to help Colorado public elementary schools that provide services for students with autism and other special needs. The Colorado A.I.M. Grants will provide teachers and support staff with specialized training and software to Assess, Implement and Measure effective strategies to address their students’ behaviors and communication challenges that interfere with learning and skills development.
In April 2012, the Centers for Disease Control released new figures that show a sharp rise in autism rates in the U.S. Arapahoe County, Colo. was one of the counties studied by the CDC. The study, which focused on 8-year-old students, found 1 in 85 fell somewhere on the autism spectrum. Nationally the CDC estimates the rate is 1 in 88. According to data by the State of Colorado, in 2000, there were 488 elementary school-age children with autism receiving special education services in Colorado schools. In 2009, the number of students with autism jumped more than five times that to nearly 2,600 children.
“The need for education, development, and support for educators is critical to meeting the needs of this growing student population. Ultimately, students with autism or challenging behaviors related to other special needs benefit from teachers and support staff that receive more training and have researched tools to develop and execute effective behavior plans and skills acquisition strategies,” said Chris Miller, Managing Director for Trumpet Behavioral Health, developers of the AutismPro program.
AutismPro provides the tools necessary to support the classroom inclusion approach, which is more advantageous for children with challenging behaviors. AutismPro helps schools and districts increase their capacity, competency, and efficiency in meeting the needs of this growing student population and does so cost effectively. The software includes over 40 hours of professional development workshops, positive behavior support plans, functional skills acquisition planning tools, data collection, and tracking programs for case management.
Click here to apply for the A.I.M. Grant
Winners of the grants will be announced prior to the start of the 2012-13 school year.
For more information contact: Jan Ferwerda (303) 989-8169