Robots4Autism School Grant Program offers schools the opportunity to adopt research-based curriculum, eliminate economic barriers to autism intervention
DALLAS (Oct. 27, 2016) – The cost associated with providing healthcare and education for children with autism often presents a barrier for care providers and school districts. To ease the adoption of evidence-based practices in delivering the highest quality education for students with autism, RoboKind and the Autism Society of America announce the offering of the joint Robots4Autism School Grant Program. The grant program aims to make the comprehensive, research-based Robots4Autism program accessible to schools across the nation.
The Robots4Autism curriculum, delivered by humanoid robot Milo, incorporates eight evidence-based practices to support a learner’s generalization of appropriate social behavior and promote emotional understanding. In clinical studies, Robots4Autism has significantly increased engagement levels for students with autism. As a cost-effective solution for autism intervention, the grant partnership offers schools of all backgrounds to integrate the Robots4Autism curriculum into instruction.
“The grant program furthers our commitment to bettering the education for students with autism, regardless of financial means,” said Fred Margolin, CEO and founder of RoboKind. “We’re humbled to share a mission of advocacy for providing the most appropriate services for autism alongside the Autism Society.”
Schools are invited to apply for the program to purchase the Robots4Autism curriculum, and upon approval, a grant will be provided to the school to complete the purchase, depending on the availability of funds. Ninety-five percent of funds donated to the Robots4Autism School Grant Program will go directly to eligible schools.
“Increasing access to products and services to better serve the autism community is fundamental to improving the lives of those affected by autism,” said John Dabrowski, COO of Autism Society of America. “This grant broadens horizons for schools to access a variety of methods to support the needs of students with autism.”
RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, designs and builds a series of robots that enable people to engage with robots on a personal level. Through the Robots4Autism and Robots4STEM programs, RoboKind leverages these advanced social robots to supplement autism therapy, special education and STEM instruction. The programs use humanoid robots that feature life-like facial expressions, natural social interaction and comprehensive curriculum to assist educators and therapists in helping students learn and grow. For more information, visit www.robokindrobots.com.
About The Autism Society of America
Founded in 1965, the Autism Society is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, and exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the autism spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education and research. The Society maintains a strong nationwide network of affiliates to provide support and grassroots advocacy at local, state and federal levels. www.autism-society.org.