NEW YORK, NY. (January 29, 2013) – Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) has selected the inaugural winners of AFAA Applauds, a national initiative recognizing innovative, high-quality support programs for adults living with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
AFAA will promote the winning programs as cutting-edge models for other organizations across the country to replicate. The goal is to meet the increased demand for effective services, provide accurate information on promising practices and generate awareness about ASDs and adult concerns.
Through a competitive application process, AFAA selected six organizations for exemplary results-oriented employment, residential support and community life programs. Community life includes social skills, transportation, recreational, safety, spirituality or other categories of service that improve life experiences and outcomes for those living with autism.
Chapel Haven’s supported living program assists individuals with autism as they obtain jobs, gain a network of friends and participate in a vibrant community life. Chapel Haven’s program sets a high standard for excellence. Continue reading
The January/April edition of the Yale Center for British Art’s journal devotes a section to Chapel Haven’s popular “Out to Art” program. Click here Yale Center for British Art and Chapel Haven’s Out to Art to see the story. The actual feature on Chapel Haven starts on the second page. Enjoy the photos of our students and community members too!
Thanks to the leadership of Tina Menchetti, Chapel Haven’s art teacher, students and community members have enjoyed the renowned collections at the Yale Center for British Art, but the program goes well beyond just a museum visit.
As noted in the journal, Chapel Haven’s Out to Art class since 2009 has developed cutting-edge museum educaitonal program with the REACH program. Students enrolled in Chapel Haven’s 24-month REACH program take part in a wide range of museum activities and sensory learning. They enjoy beyind-the-scene tours, close looking at works of art and studio activities. Participants are able to build life skills while also developing theory of mind, memory and interpersonal connections. Continue reading
Chapel Haven received national exposure when the Huffington Post published a multi-part series about Chapel Haven parent Diana Davis Spencer and her passion for entrepreneurship.
Ms. Spencer is the mother of Chapel Haven community member Kim LaManna. She manages the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, which fosters entrepreneurship education and other social enterprises for underserved youth. Her work has empowered promising entrepreneurs around the world.
“We are thrilled to be featured in the Huffington Post and grateful to Diana and her family for helping us introduce the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program here at Chapel Haven,” Storz said. “They are a wonderful family.”
Storz noted in the Huffington Post that Diana looked for ways to empower Chapel Haven’s students and community members, especially in the vocational area. She helped Chapel Haven start its popular Internet café where students not only run the business, but train in the food services industry and learn the importance of teamwork.
“As a result of Diana’s initiatives, we attract new funders and recruiters from major businesses including STOP & SHOP, PETCO, Yale-New Haven Hospital who value the work ethic of our graduates. Her outreach is multifaceted. “