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Dear Grant Provider/Donor, 
 
ABA4You, Inc. is committed to supporting the children enrolled in the behavioral intervention clinic at ABA4U by sponsoring enrichment and safety training programs as follows: 
 
Swimming lessons at the Union YMCA on Tucker Avenue – 
The benefits of teaching special needs children to swim range from gross motor to cognitive skills improvement, to muscle strength and endurance and enhancement of overall communication skills. Swimming fosters courage, confidence, trust and helps to develop friendships. It’s great for socialization and relaxation. Additionally, drowning is among the leading causes of death of individuals with autism, which makes it imperative that the children enrolled in the ABA4U clinic learn this life-saving skill. Each child gets individualized attention with a direct ABA service provider guided by a certified swimming instructor.  
Bus transportation to the Tucker Ave YMCA is provided, parent’s pick-up from the YMCA at 2:45pm. 
 
Art Classes 
Students experiment with colors, textures and medium to create theme-based projects. In 2016, ABA4U initiated an art enrichment program to stimulate visual expression. Each child works with a direct ABA service provider guided by an art instructor. 
 
Music Classes 
45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences--developmentally appropriate for children provided by Kelly Heinz of Music and More with Kelly, LLC
 
Physical Activity 
Physical exercises have particular benefits for children on the autism spectrum who sometimes experience problems with communication abilities, social skills, and stereotypic behavior. ABA4U provides 30-minutes of structured playtime and physical activity 3 days per week at the YMCA located on the first floor.   
 
We feel that all of these activities are a very important adjunct to the therapeutic services provided in the ABA4U clinic. Our goal is that all enrolled children participate in these programs, without the need to charge the parents for these extra costs.  
 
We are asking your organization to consider grant funding or donations to ABA4You, Inc.  
ABA4You, Inc.,
1050 Galloping Hill Rd, Suite 205
Union, NJ 07083
EIN 47-2390396, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law. 

 

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, costing the nation approximates $137 billion a year. Presently autism research is receiving the least amount of funding, less than 5% of funding for childhood diseases. Treatment using Applied Behavior Analysis has been shown in scientific studies to be effective in increasing behaviors and teaching new skills as well as reducing problem behavior (Golstein, 2002, Odom et. al., 2003, McConnell, 2002; Horner et. al.2002). When applied behavior analysis is provided intensively research has shown that the gains in development may be strong enough to decrease the need for special services, in whole decreasing the amount of government spending per individual per year on special services. As a result, applied behavior analysis not only has the power to make significant impact on the functioning of diagnosed individuals, but also our greater community as a whole. In addition a wave of students with ASD is reaching age 21 and upon graduation will be flooding into the adult world that is not adequately prepared for them.

There are currently 1.5 million adults living with autism and in the next decade an expected 500,000 more individuals will be entering adulthood (Autism Speaks, 2012). This large population of adults with autism face the tedious challenges of independent living, managing finances and economics, and securing a career. All of these obstacles for adults start in high school, where the present graduation rate stands at 56% for a student with ASD. The National Autistic Society survey lists that 70% of adults with autism are unable to live independently. Of this percentage, 49% live with family members and 32% live in residential care facilities. Only 3% are living independently and 6% have a full time paid job.

Few existing day programs in New Jersey are designed to meet the unique challenges of autism, and already the priority wait list for residential services for the developmentally disabled in our state exceeds 5,000 adults. It is imperative that services utilizing treatment in applied behavior analysis across the lifespan, be implemented as soon as possible throughout our community in order to increase the life functioning for diagnosed individuals and lessen the burden on our society.

* Non-profit programs are sponsored by ABA4You, Inc. a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit corporation. Your donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.