Funds from autism run create grant program for teachers



Above, from left are Steve Mientkiewics, an intervention specialist at the Rich Center for Autism and Pam Kassos, also an intervention specialist at the center, who applied for and received a $500 grant from the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley. Both work together in the same high-school classroom and are working to increase the job-skills program. Below, Kylie Luca, a special-education teacher at West Branch Middle School, received a $100 grant from the society.



Autism Society of Mahoning Valley is announcing that it has revived its Autism Teacher Mini-Grant Program and awarded nearly $1,000 in funds to area special-education teachers to help them expand the accommodations in their classroom. Awards were given in denominations of $500, $250 and $100 to applicants from public and private schools in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties.

Pam Kassos, intervention specialist at the Rich Center for Autism, received $500 and will use the grant to help her teen transitions class, including uniforms for going into the community for job skills training and other needs.

Stephanie Miles, Potential Development, used the $250 grant to purchase a Chrome book, Bluetooth headphones and other technology items that were needed.

Tara Eippert, intervention specialist at the Leonard Kirtz School – MCBDD will use her $100 grant to work with young adults on post-secondary job skills including gardening, laundry and production and distribution of T-shirts.

Kylie Luca, West Branch Middle School, used her $100 grant for the purchase of flexible seating options for the classroom, including wobble chairs.

This project was revived this year to show appreciation and support to the teachers in the Valley who help children on the autism spectrum.

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