April 1 deadline for Autism Delaware scholarship applications
New scholarship supports autism teacher certification
February 8, 2017—NEWARK DE Autism Delaware is now accepting applications for three scholarships for the 2017–18 school year: the Autism Delaware Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship, the Autism Delaware Adult with Autism Scholarship, and the new Autism Delaware Autism Teacher Certification Scholarship.
Named for long-time advocates Daniel and Lois Gray, Autism Delaware’s memorial scholarship provides financial support for students who are enrolled or accepted for matriculation at the University of Delaware and who intend to work in the field of autism in Delaware. Autism Delaware’s scholarship for adults with autism provides financial support for eligible adults on the spectrum who are pursuing a post-secondary education. And Autism Delaware’s new certification scholarship provides financial support for teachers in Delaware’s public and charter schools who wish to pursue an autism certification.
Applications for all three scholarships may be downloaded at autismdelaware.org. All applications are competitive, and the number of available scholarships depends upon the amount of available funding as well as assessment by Autism Delaware’s scholarship review committee. Typically, the scholarship amount is $1,000. To be considered, an application must be received by April 1, 2017.
For more information, visit http://delautism.org/groups-events/support-education/scholarships-and-stipends/.
About autism spectrum disorder and Autism Delaware
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that includes impairment in social interaction and social communication. Individuals with ASD also exhibit repetitive patterns of behavior or interest that limit everyday functioning. An intellectual or language impairment is also possible. All these symptoms will first appear in early childhood.
According to the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), any individual with a well-established DSM-4 diagnosis should be given the diagnosis of “autism spectrum disorder,” or ASD, for short. (In the DSM-4, the diagnoses included classic autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder–not otherwise specified [PDD–NOS]). ASD is categorized by severity on a scale of one to three.
In the Delaware public school system, 152 students received an educational classification of autism in 1991, but for the 2015–16 school year, 1,660 students had this classification. While this number reflects an increase of more than 950 percent, it omits the adults and children who are not currently being served by the school’s special-education system.
Autism Delaware is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit made up of individuals with ASD, their family members, the professionals who serve them, and friends of people with ASD. The agency’s mission is to help people and families affected by ASD. With offices in Newark, Dover, and Lewes, Autism Delaware serves the entire state.
Autism Delaware’s programs and services are supported by state contracts and generous donations from individuals and corporations across Delaware. Fundraising events, such as the statewide Walk for Autism, help provide the income needed to make critical programs a reality. For more information on how to help, visit autismdelaware.org.