About the Project
Every year, the UGA Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic (ABAC) is excited to continue building upon Automatic for Autism’s success, which is made possible by the community’s valuable support.
In the past two years, the community has come together to not only support the UGA-ABAC, but to ensure that individuals with autism receive the services they need at no cost. This year, we hope to support the ABAC through even more donations, but we can’t do it without your help!
Assistive technologies and behavioral services provided by UGA-ABAC can cost parents thousands of dollars every year, and families often require several hours of these services to see meaningful change. Fortunately, by making a gift to Automatic for Autism, you can help expand the clinic’s lending library of devices so more families can try out different technologies for their children.
Additionally, endowed funds help the clinic provide quality assessment and intervention services to many clients with developmental disabilities at no cost to the families.
You can help us raise awareness about autism in the Athens area and provide services to countless individuals.
Why This Project Matters
Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States with one in 68 children diagnosed with the disorder. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families cope with the condition. Applied behavior analysis is a scientifically validated approach to serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. However, ABA services cost around $120 dollars per hour, and families often require several hours for meaningful change.
To help address this issue locally, the UGA-ABAC, an outreach effort of the UGA College of Education, was created in 2012 as a clinical training and research site for graduate students working toward board-certified behavior analysis (BCBA) certification and undergraduate students working towards board-certified assistant behavior analyst (BCABA) certification. Behavior analysis is a unique method of treatment based on the idea that most human behavior is learned over time and is maintained by consequences in the environment. Not only does the clinic provide training for graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Education, but it also provides a valuable service to the community.
With the help of the Athens Chamber of Commerce’s LEAD Athens program, an endowment fund at the University of Georgia was created in 2015 to offset costs for families that cannot afford the necessary clinical support for autistic children at the UGA Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic. The purpose of the Automatic for Autism event is to raise awareness about autism and the local services that are here to support individuals with the disorder.
Please remember that every gift counts! By making a donation to Automatic for Autism, you will help ensure a bright future for both the clinic and the countless individuals who can’t afford the necessary services and technologies for their children.
We greatly appreciate your effort to make a difference!
Meredith Metcalf | College of Education, Associate Director of Development email@example.com | 706.542.2267
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