All children like to go on field trips. It's an exciting, fun, a day out of the classroom to visit museums or zoos and learn about new things.
For children with autism, these field trips are just as important. But perhaps even more important are ones that don't seem as exciting on the surface. Our students need extra time for community based learning to both generalize the skills they learn in the classroom, and practice the social aspects of seemingly easy activities.
Owning our own van will allow us to take our students out of the classroom on a regaular basis to not only visit those museums, but to go to a grocery store to learn how to make a purchase, to eat lunch in a restaurant and order from a menu, to see a movie in a theater. These activities can be difficult for our students, and sometimes make it so that their families can't do what others may take for granted. Being able to access the community on regular basis with the support of staff will allow for more meaningful learning opportunities for our students.
A 10 passenger van will accommodate one full class of eight students and two teachers. Most of our students require a one-to-one aide on a trip, and those other staff members can follow in a car. Our 37 students across 5 classes will be able to use this vehicle every week for these important learning opportunities.
Our goal of $40,000 will help us purchase the van and pay for the first year of insurance.
Please consider helping us reach this new goal!