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In its first year, the NXT GEN Coders Program received 38 proposals from 16 states. Applicants included community-based coding academies, not-for-profit service providers and large universities. All qualified proposals were evaluated by professionals within the coding industry and adults with autism who work in computing and gaming.
Grant recipients will use the funds for tuition assistance, program enhancements or staffing to better support participants who have autism. Recipients were selected based on their proven capability to serve the diverse needs of people with autism, sustainability of the program, its potential for replication and its ability to be scaled to fit growing need.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield– Stoneham, Mass.
- Coding Autism –
Westlake Village, Calif.
- Families Helping Families NOLA –
New Orleans, La. Friends of Green Chimneys– Brewster, N.Y.
- Islands of Brilliance –
Milwaukee, Minn. MacDonald Training Center– Tampa, Fla. National Foundation for Autism Research– San Diego, Calif.
- nonPareil Institute –
- Tech Kids Unlimited –
New York City, N.Y.
- Tech Talent South –
- The Specialists Guild –
San Francisco, Calif.
- We Connect the Dots –
Westbury, N.Y. Woodhaven Learning Center– Columbia, Mo.
- Yukodit –
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Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.
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