Together we can find the solution!
As the rates of children with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders increase, so does the need for a comprehensive approach to intervention. Because children spend so much of their time in school settings, it is important that professionals in all disciplines work collaboratively to provide these youth and their families with much needed intervention and support.
In response to this growing need, Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies and the Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders have come together with partners, parents, educators, and schools to actively address this issue as a community.
This collaboration will involve a two-pronged approach, providing both support and educational opportunities, specifically designed to meet the needs of individual students, families, and schools. To this end, we have developed two cutting edge programs: Families And Schools Together (F.A.S.T), and the Chapman Ability Project (C.A.P).
We are incredibly excited to help negotiate this uncertain terrain, to see all viewpoints, promote flexibility, and advocate for the best interests of the child. Our goal is to work together with ALL team members to create quality outcomes for youth with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities throughout Southern California.
This important endeavor would not be possible without the vision, passion and generosity of our partners and cofounders. In addition to Chapman University's College of Educational Studies, other founding members of the the Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders are The William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation, Children and Families Commission of Orange County, the UC Irvine School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Orange County.