SPECIAL 12-MONTH PROGRAM:
Autism Grandparents Academy
in partnership with the Faison Center
The Autism Grandparents Academy is a 12-month, in-person, highly personalized program that strengthens the autism grandparent experience. It takes place in Richmond, Virginia, is limited to 12 participants, and runs each year from July 1 until the following June 30.
The Academy’s GOALS are straightforward:
✔ Help improve each grandparent’s contributions to their grandchild’s mental/physical/emotional abilities.
✔ Give grandparents the tools they need to more positively enhance their grandchild’s quality of life.
✔ Strengthen each grandparent’s relationship with the grandchild’s parents/guardians.
✔ Help grandparents learn, and to be aware of the autism resources available to them.
✔ Enhance each grandparent’s knowledge and involvement regarding planning for the grandchild’s lifetime needs.
✔Create a support network of autism grandparents who can commiserate and provide friendship and support.
The Academy offers EXTENSIVE INVOLVEMENT and CONSULTATION as follows:
Personal Questionnaire (completed in advance by all participants)
All-day Learning Immersion Session (first meeting of the Academy – entire group)
- Monthly 2-Hour Group Meeting
Monthly Individual Telephone Meeting with Coordinator
Ongoing Individual Meetings/Calls/e-Mails with the Coordinator as requested/needed
- Half-day Mid-Term Assessment (at 6 months – entire group)
Graduation Celebration (entire group)
The Academy has the following distinctive QUALITIES:
The Academy is endorsed by, and is in partnership with, the Faison Center — which is recognized as one of the nation’s leading organizations that serve individuals with autism.
The Academy is coordinated by an autism grandparent who has had leadership roles with community-serving projects locally and nationally.
The Academy has an in-house autism expert who has two decades of nationally important professional experience.
The Academy does not pre-set its curriculum, but rather develops the initial curriculum based on the participants’ initial questionnaires, and then shapes ongoing curriculum according to ongoing needs of the participants.
The Academy enlists visiting experts who are selected according to the ongoing needs of the participants.
The Academy gives participants individual customized “homework” assignments that enhance the participants’ progress towards the Academy’s six goals.
The Academy provides ongoing individual consultation and hand-holding.