Children with autism at Damar have new help managing the all-too-difficult transition from a residential setting back into their community schools thanks to a $100,000 gift from The Cohen Family Foundation to establish The Cohen Family Foundation Autism Transition Initiative. The initiative enables the Autism treatment team at Damar to develop effective academic transition plans for students ages 6-14 who are preparing to return to the home setting and bring teachers to Damar to see firsthand how Damar works with students.
“I know of no other program like this in the country,” said Dr. Jim Dalton, Damar Senior Vice President and COO. “The Cohen Family Foundation’s generosity not only will help children at Damar, but, by helping us develop a ground-breaking program, it helps to offer hope to children all over the world.” The program’s emphasis is on children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, have confirmed positive family involvement and who will attend a school system within a one-hour drive of Damar’s campus.
Damar professionals will be available to address questions, concerns and fears and to explain the rationale behind their approaches. In addition, Damar professionals will visit each student’s new classroom to assess its appropriateness and suggest accommodating changes. “We are happy to support Damar, especially in it’s dedication to helping children with autism transition from Damar back to their home and schools,” said Lauren Cohen Edmundson, Foundation manager.