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Autism Delaware Program for Adults Receives National Recognition


Autism Delaware’s adult services division is one of three programs nationwide recently designated as an Effective Program by the National Advisory Panel of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Model Project for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. POW&R (Productive Opportunities for Work and Recreation) has been part of Autism Delaware’s services to the community since 2007.

The Panel is a project of SEDL – formerly known as the Southwest Education Development Laboratory, located in Austin, Texas. SEDL is a non-profit organization that has undertaken education research, development and dissemination for 40 years. Autism Delaware’s POW&R will be highlighted on the group’s website and Autism Delaware will present their program’s key components to a national audience of vocational rehabilitation agencies and providers.

“We are very proud to have this designation,” said Theda Ellis, Executive Director of Autism Delaware. “It arrives just as we are celebrating our third anniversary of providing adult services. The Autism Delaware staff and board have worked very hard to build a bright future for our adults with autism, and we are now seeing that future come to fruition.”

As part of SEDL’s project, 11 programs from across the country were nominated and asked to submit materials to be reviewed by the National Advisory Panel. Of these nominations, eight eligible programs provided extensive information about their programs, which was reviewed anonymously. The three programs selected for Effective Program status were: Job Path Employment Service Program in New York, NY; TEACCH Supported Employment Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Autism Delaware’s POW&R in Newark, DE.

POW&R now offers services for adults throughout Delaware’s New Castle County and is starting services in Kent County. Through its recent merger with the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation, Autism Delaware now plans to have POW&R services available in Kent and Sussex Counties by July 2012.

POW&R, which is funded by Autism Delaware, the Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, is a unique community-based program, with full-time staff members dedicated to helping adults with autism spectrum disorders find and be successful at employment, volunteer activities and recreation.

POW&R staff members assist adults with autism and their families to develop a circle of support and create a plan and budget based on individual choices. Services are provided wherever the person chooses to reside, socialize, recreate, or work.



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