The Issue: Lack of Resources at Group Homes
In 2008, one in 88 children aged 8 or older was identified as having an autism-spectrum disorder, according to a study of 14 states by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Vista maintains group homes where people with autism can live in a supportive and welcoming environment with resources that are customized to each resident’s needs.
The Campaign: Providing Blankets to Individuals with Autism
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, with donations matched up to $400 by Gatski Commercial Real Estate, then New Vista can purchase four therapeutic weighted blankets that help to ease anxiety and stress in individuals with autism. Each additional $10 raised will go toward purchasing other necessary rehabilitation and therapy tools for the organization's autism programs, including weighted vests, portable communication tools, and curriculum programs tailored to people with autism.
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New Vista supports individuals with intellectual disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. The organization tailors its techniques, therapies, and methods to each individual, with the goal of helping them reach a higher level of independence. Its group homes offer a welcoming and residential-like setting with staff members onsite 24 hours a day, and it also runs a youth program that supports children with intellectual disabilities and educates their families. New Vista offers skills training, ranging from cooking and cleaning to job development, to assist individuals in becoming self-aware community members. To help fund its programs, the organization also operates a thrift store that is open to the wider community and helps to fund its programs.