The Project for Autism Empowerment (PAE)
Project for Autism Empowerment (PAE): Grant Application The Project for Autism Empowerment (PAE) seeks to create an inclusive environment that boosts the self-esteem, social skills, and overall well-being of children with
Project for Autism Empowerment (PAE): Grant Application
The Project for Autism Empowerment (PAE) seeks to create an inclusive environment that boosts the self-esteem, social skills, and overall well-being of children with autism. We are seeking funding to implement a unique approach that utilizes lanyards, badges, and autism-specific tools to achieve our objectives. This project aims to empower children by giving them sensory-friendly tools and social cues, thereby facilitating improved interaction and self-advocacy.
Rationale and Objectives – Children with autism often face challenges in initiating and sustaining social interactions, coping with sensory sensitivities, and adapting to new routines. PAE is designed to address these challenges through empowerment strategies. The primary objectives are:
1. To improve social interaction among children with autism.
2. To alleviate sensory sensitivities.
3. To enhance self-advocacy skills.
Budget Allocation – The grant will be allocated as follows:
• Lanyards and Badges: 30%
• Autism-Appropriate Items: 50%
• Workshops and Training: 15%
• Evaluation Metrics: 5%
Lanyards and Badges – Lanyards and badges serve as identification markers that double as social tools. Designed to be colorful and tactile, these badges will carry not only the name of the child but also specific interests and skills. These conversation starters are intended to make social interaction less intimidating. The lanyards will be made from sensory-friendly materials, taking into consideration tactile sensitivities.
Autism-Appropriate Items – Significant funds will be used for acquiring autism-specific tools such as weighted blankets, noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, and visual schedules. These items aim to help children manage sensory sensitivities and promote a sense of routine and stability.
Empowerment Strategies – Children will be encouraged to choose their own lanyards, badges, and additional sensory tools. This self-directed approach will not only cater to individual needs but also promote decision-making skills. Through workshops and group activities, children will learn the effective use of these tools.
Evaluation Metrics – The effectiveness of PAE will be assessed through a combination of qualitative and quantitative metrics, including parent and caregiver surveys and behavioral assessments.
Ethical Considerations – Given the grant limitations, PAE will implement a fair selection process to ensure that resources are allocated judiciously to beneficiaries who would significantly benefit from this initiative.
(Tuesday) 9:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Widebay Advocacty Inc, South Bundaberg