The Autism Project of Rhode Island will be hosting the 10th annual Imagine Walk and Family Fun Day for Autism that helps bring training for autism into local schools.
Participants who walk collect pledges, which help to fund programs and services for Rhode Island children and their families. There is the opportunity for families, educators and organizations to earn free training on Autism for staff at their local school district.
In order to earn the training participants must enroll in the community challenge as a team with a team leader. Teams participating in the community challenge must provide their own t-shirts. Participants not involved in the community challenge will be provided with a free t-shirt.
There are three levels of training that a team can win based on the amount of funds the team raises. The two courses they can earn are either the Aspire program and A Starting Point program. Aspire is a course that instructs professionals working with students with Aspergers and includes Social Thinking. Social Thinking is a two-hour course that instructs professionals how social thinking can affect academic performance, daily living and happiness. A Starting Point is a nine-week program that educates parents or professionals who work with a child with autism.
The levels are:
- $1500 – earns one free professional training spot in either Aspire or A Starting Point. A team can earn one free training for each increment of $1,500.
- $8,000 – earns a five-week course for 30 professionals in the Aspire course. The Aspire course instructs the professionals working with students with Asperger Syndrome.
- $10,000 – earns district-wide training for 30 professionals in their A Starting Point course.
Following the Imagine Walk, is a family fun day. There will be a variety of free activities that are geared specifically for children with autism. There will be a reptile show, karoke, obstacle course, bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts area and much more.
The Imagine Walk will take place on April 29, 2012 at Goddard Memorial State Park beginning at 10 a.m.