Grant Funding provided by Autism Action Partnership allows educators to go above and beyond to provide additional opportunities and support for students with ASD. As a function of the grant, school staff can devote more resources toward improving peer-sensitivity training, offering student book clubs, building-wide staff development opportunities, and collaborating on target-student activities. Effectively trained peers serve as models of appropriate communication and social behavior for individuals with autism. Once trained, peers are to serve as models of appropriate interaction and behavior for their target individuals in different environments throughout the school day. Interaction with peers allows students with autism a safe, consistent arena to practice and improve their social skills. The social skills program helps to build peer interaction and relationships into the school day, helping to decrease the feelings of alienation a student with autism may experience.
The Autism Legal Clinic, operated by Legal Aid of Nebraska, offers free legal advice and representation to individuals and families affected by autism. Through the Clinic, legal assistance is available to individuals struggling with concerns ranging from educational rights, 504 plans, social security or health benefits to criminal or child endangerment issues stemming from wandering. In addition to accepting referrals from Monroe Meyer Institute and Children’s Hospital through its Medical Legal Partnership Program, Legal Aid of Nebraska has established a statewide hotline for the Autism Legal Clinic.
Access the toll free hotline at 844-535-3533
MMI’s Autism Care for Toddlers (ACT) Clinic provides early intervention services to toddlers and preschoolers on the autism spectrum regardless of their ability to pay. The ACT Clinic is a community-based treatment program located in the Autism Center of Nebraska building at 9012 Q St. Clinicians in the ACT clinic utilize Applied Behavioral Analysis and naturalistic instruction to provide individualized treatment for children aged 18 to 48 months. The clinic also provides a caregiver training program designed to teach caregivers strategies to increase language, decrease challenging behaviors and promote generalization of skills learned in the clinic to home and community environments.
To inquire about accessing community services available for young children with ASD through the Autism Care for Toddlers Clinic, please contact Jackie Hankins at 402-913-2320.
The Transitions Program is designed to assist high-functioning young adults on the autism spectrum develop and refine social skills needed for their transition into adulthood. The goal of Transitions is to provide positive social experiences that will allow for the development of social skills and friendships for both the participants and the peers.
PACE provides exceptional employment supports for adults with autism who want to find and maintain competitive employment positions throughout our community. PACE is here to help individuals find work that they are interested in, that they are great at, and that they will be able to maintain for as long as they are happy in the position.