Project Pipeline – Suspended until further notice

FATE provides “seed funding” through Project Pipeline to send teachers through comprehensive research-based training that has been demonstrated to be effective for children with autism. Teachers accepted into Project Pipeline are eligible to attend any of the workshops offered by FATE without cost to them or to their school district.

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Project Patriot

Raising a child with autism presents many challenges; doing so while serving in the military, these challenges can be overwhelming. Launched in 2013, Project Patriot is an initiative to provide training and support to military families who have children with autism.

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Pre-Service Initiative

Many teachers working in the field of special education today have had little or no training in research-based programs that have been demonstrated to be effective for children with autism. FATE’s pre-service initiative was launched to address this critical need.

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S.T.A.R.S Network – Suspended until further notice

ATTENTION TEACHERS AND PARAPROFESSIONALS!!
Would you like to network with others working with children with autism?
Share your work and hear about what colleagues are doing in their classrooms? Learn about effective teaching procedures, strategies and techniques? Earn Professional Development hours?

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Global Initiative

There is an old Chinese proverb which states, “When someone shares with you something of value, you have an obligation to share it with others.”…
As an organization, we at FATE have learned lessons of tremendous value, and we are deeply committed to sharing what we have learned with others, wherever they may be.

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Project PAYCHECK

FATE is pleased to announce the development of Project PAYCHECK, an initiative designed to address unemployment, independence, and long-term care. Although in its embryonic stage, our goal is to create a training facility and demonstration site that showcases excellence in employment, vocational training, and small business development.

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Project Pipeline – Suspended until further notice

Overview

FATE provides “seed funding” through Project Pipeline to send teachers through comprehensive research-based training that has been demonstrated to be effective for children with autism. Teachers accepted into Project Pipeline are eligible to attend any of the workshops offered by FATE without cost to them or to their school district.

The training provided by FATE is based upon the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). These principles can be precisely described and explained and replicated across settings and people. FATE is deeply committed to sharing this technology with special education professionals wherever there is a need. Funding is available to bring research-based training to new areas. Funding decisions are based on need, scope of impact, commitment from key staff, potential for collaboration, and willingness to share what is learned with others.

Teachers trained through this initiative have provided training and/or hands-on support for teachers throughout the U.S. and many have volunteered to share their knowledge with others in need in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America.

Project Patriot

Raising a child with autism presents many challenges; doing so while serving in the military, these challenges can be overwhelming. Launched in 2013, Project Patriot is an initiative to provide training and support to military families who have children with autism. FATE has conducted many FREE workshops in cities chosen for their significant military presence. To date, more than 10 workshops have assisted parents and teachers in Kaiserslautern, Germany; Tacoma, WA; San Diego, CA; Austin, TX; Honolulu, HI; and Pensacola, FL.

Although the workshops are designed to assist military families, they are FREE and open for anyone to attend. If you are interested in bringing a training to your area, please send an email to info@thefate.org and reference Project Patriot.

For information regarding upcoming Project Patriot trainings, visit the following pages:

http://thefate.org/autism-training/overcoming-everyday-challenges-of-autism/

Pre-Service Initiative

pre service initiative pageTeacher preparation programs at the pre-service level may teach about autism, but few college or university programs prepare teachers to actually teach children with autism. As a result, many teachers working in the field of special education today have had little or no training in research-based programs that have been demonstrated to be effective for children with autism. FATE’s pre-service initiative was launched to address this critical need.

College or university students majoring in special education are now eligible to attend any of the workshops offered through FATE, without cost, by applying for a grant through Project Pipeline. Complete the online application.

Trainings offered through FATE are based upon the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), the only method endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General for treating autism. Training is also provided in Direct Instruction (DI), a research-based curriculum effective for teaching academic skills such as reading, language comprehension, and mathematics. FATE’s workshops are designed for special education teachers by special education teachers dually certified as behavior analysts. These workshops aim to help special education teachers establish and maintain effective programs that utilize the principles of ABA in their public school classrooms.

S.T.A.R.S Network – Suspended until further notice

Attention Teachers and Paraprofessionals!

Would you like to

  • Network with others working with children with autism?
  • Share your work and hear about what colleagues are doing in their classrooms?
  • Learn about effective teaching procedures, strategies and techniques?
  • Earn Professional Development hours?

FATE is pleased to announce the development of the S.T.A.R.S. Network – Supporting Teachers of Autism to Reach Success. The S.T.A.R.S. Network will meet once a month and will be offered at NO COST to attendees!

Global Initiative

There is an old Chinese proverb which states, “When someone shares with you something of value, you have an obligation to share it with others.”…  As an organization, we at FATE have learned lessons of tremendous value, and we are deeply committed to sharing what we have learned with others, wherever they may be.

FATE’s Global Initiative was informally launched in 2001, when Ann Varavukala of New Delhi, India was accepted into the Project Pipeline program. Frustrated with her limited ability to teach and work with her son with autism, Ann was inspired to seek more knowledge and a better way to teach communication skills. She met fellow parent advocates in N.J. who led her to Project Pipeline. Ann’s acceptance into Project Pipeline allowed her to receive much needed training in applied behavior analysis (ABA). She returned to India where she provided workshops in ABA to special education teachers in New Delhi.

In 2004, ten teachers who had received extensive training through Project Pipeline volunteered their time to help set up an ABA program at Stepping Stones School in County Meath, Ireland. The top-heavy training and support became the foundation for what has become an impressive pilot ABA/VB program in Europe. Staff members from Stepping Stones, Sarah Devlin, Maria McGarrell, and Oonagh McMahon, all board certified behavior analysts now, returned the favor by volunteering their time and sharing what they have learned along with American behavior analysts Lauren Clark and Tom Caffrey at a FATE sponsored boot camp in Rome Italy.

Italy Boot Camp

With well-established programs in Ireland and India, and parents and teachers in those countries actively involved in promoting awareness, FATE again reached out to the international community in June, 2007. FATE board member and Project Pipeline alumna Jessica Walter was part of the team of special education teachers that volunteered their time to go to County Meath, Ireland in 2004. Jessica later visited the El Safa Center for Special Needs Children in Suez, Egypt in 2007 while volunteering for another non-profit group “Where Peace Lives.” She fell in love with the children she met at the school in Egypt, and upon her return home, immediately began to organize a team to go back to Suez to start an ABA program there. The team arrived in Egypt in June 2008, and laid the necessary groundwork for teachers and parents of the El Safa school, as well as teachers from other countries in the region, to implement ABA programs at the local level. FATE team members offered training workshops, ideas and guidance to the local teachers who, in turn, offered their new-found knowledge to colleagues in Egypt and other neighboring countries.

Egypt Boot Camp

In December of 2007, Lin Qunhao from Conoco-Phillips China contacted FATE to ask for help in establishing an ABA program at the Shining Star School in Shenzhen, Peoples Republic of China. The FATE team responded by offering an introductory level training in Shenzhen in December, 2008. A FATE board certified behavior analyst also visited the school to assess program needs and to make initial recommendations toward implementing their ABA program. Mr. Qunhao then visited the United States and toured public schools in New Jersey with FATE Executive Director Sheilagh Cirillo and Board Member Jessica Walter.

FATE understands that they will receive more requests for help from the international community in the months and years to come. We are working toward accommodating these requests with volunteers forming Global Initiative teams. These teams of well-trained special education teachers dually certified as behavior analysts will provide intensive training through workshops and hands-on support to teachers and parents in other countries. FATE will provide continued support as these local teachers, in turn, share their new-found knowledge by offering workshops throughout their countries and/or regions. FATE’s Global Initiative has already helped many children with autism, their families, and their teachers all over the world. With its continued success, FATE’s Global Initiative can benefit even more individuals affected by autism in the years to come.

Project PAYCHECK

The end of schooling signifies the beginning of employment for most of us. Earning a paycheck allows us to support ourselves, consume goods and services that interest us, and live life with a certain sense of freedom that a consistent paycheck brings. Gainful employment also enables us to begin and nurture friendships and participate within our own community. Opportunities to become a contributing member of society should be available for individuals with disabilities as well. For many individuals with autism, a mandated transition-focused education does not produce favorable outcomes. These individuals must rely on family, friends, and/or government programs in order to live. Individuals with autism that do obtain employment work limited hours and earn less than those with other disabilities (Lugas, 2010).

The Foundation for Autism Training and Education (FATE) remains committed to helping individuals with autism achieve the highest level of independence within their community. We share in the growing interest in improving vocational rehabilitation and employment outcomes for individuals with autism and believe that the network of supported employment options should be expanded. Many members of FATE’s team have been personally affected by autism. As parents, our greatest worry is about what will happen when we are gone. We ponder the same questions – Will he have a job? Where will she live? Who will take care of him?

FATE is pleased to announce the development of Project PAYCHECK, an initiative designed to address unemployment, independence, and long-term care. Although in its embryonic stage, our goal is to create a training facility and demonstration site that showcases excellence in employment, vocational training, and small business development.

We plan to accomplish our mission by focusing on: maximizing an individual’s potential, happiness, and overall quality of life; creating a work environment that is enjoyable, productive, and fosters meaningful social interactions; and building strong community ties with the creation of businesses and sites that are more likely to be replicated and patronized. Through the volunteering efforts of many, Project PAYCHECK will:

  • CREATE innovative employment opportunities for individuals with autism.
  • PROVIDE rigorous staff training that produces well-trained individuals capable of working with young adults with autism.
  • TEACH necessary skills through intensive instruction using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA).
  • INSPIRE and MOTIVATE others to replicate home/site-based businesses that train and employ individuals with autism.
  • OFFER evidence-based training and skilled guidance to assist parents, educators, entrepreneurs, and business owners with successful start-up of home/site-based businesses.

If you are a parent, business owner, community leader, educator, or entrepreneur interested in joining FATE in this important initiative, please contact us at info@thefate.org.

Reference

Lugas, J. (2010). Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Outcomes for Transition-Age
Youth with Autism and Other Disabilities. Data Note, Number 26. Institute for
Community Inclusion.