BRIDGING THE GAP
Bridging the Gap fills a void in services by providing a transitional classroom that teaches children with autism to learn in a group setting. Many children with autism who have received therapy in a 1:1 setting need direct instruction in how to participate successfully in a classroom environment. This unique program addresses that need for both preschool and elementary students. Children receive hundreds of learning opportunities in each session.
Hope Academy creates classrooms that successfully serve both children with autism and their neurotypical peers. By limiting class size, increasing staff, individualizing curriculum, and implementing behavioral methodology, Hope Academy allows all students to thrive.
This holistic approach helps youth and young adults maximize independence by developing new opportunities in the areas of functional academics, life skills, personal interests,vocational options, and diverse experiences. Through this program, Project HOPE Foundation is creating strategies and curriculum that can be replicated throughout the country.
HOPE ALIVE JUNIOR
Hope Alive Junior uses applied behavior analysis therapy principles to build strengths and address challenges. This program recognizes that a high school diploma is not the only measure of a successful life. Instead, clients learn to care for themselves, to connect with others, and to complete tasks independently. Daily community outings enable the students to practice skills that improve the quality of life of both the child and the family.
Through Hope Link, families receive individual counseling to develop a plan of action to meet the ever-changing needs of living with autism. Childcare providers and teachers can learn practical strategies to equip them to work with children on the spectrum. Professionals gain training in diffusing crisis situations. Churches, civic clubs, and community organizations use Hope Link resources to expand autism awareness.
This intensive one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy program serves over 100 children with autism, each child receiving 25-40 hours every week of individualized therapy in both home-based and clinic-based programs. 95% of clients served have gained significant skills. 48% have transitioned to mainstream classrooms. When we are able to provide services before the age of 3, that percentage skyrockets to 86%. Hope Reach is the only non-profit provider of this therapy in Upstate South Carolina.
This unique, collaborative program with Vested Partners incorporates trained dogs in our ABA sessions. Additionally, youth and young adults with autism are learning to train dogs, developing job skills that may lead to employment.
Project Fulfillment is a collaborative project with Big Brain Staffing and HKA Enterprises, Inc., using staffing agencies to find appropriate, competitive employment for adults with autism. Using short term work projects as assessment and training opportunities, the program matches employers and employees, providing support for both. Project Fulfillment addresses the 92% unemployment rate in the autism community.
Virtual Hope makes use of South Carolina’s computer-based charter schools, providing accredited curriculum for all subjects in 6th-12th grade. Rather than working at home, these students experience a classroom with an on-site teacher, experienced in working with students on the autism spectrum. Academic work is supplemented with direct instruction on the skills necessary to become successful adults. Self-esteem flourishes as students experience success, often for the first time in their academic careers. Students earn high school diplomas - not mere certificates of attendance - while gaining organizational, communication, and social skills.