Mansfield University plans to develop autism resource center with grant | Education

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Mansfield, Pennsylvania – A $126,000 grant from the AllOne Foundation will help Mansfield University develop an on-campus autism resource center.

Located in the Retan Center building, the Autism Resource Center will enhance educational opportunities for Mansfield students and be a resource for families, educators and area agencies, according to a press release from the agency. University of Mansfield.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to develop the Autism Resource Center at Mansfield University,” said Dr. Bashar Hanna, Acting President of Mansfield University.

“This crucial resource will further equip MU students with the skills and education needed to positively impact people with autism,” he continued. “The Center will also greatly benefit the people of our region and our community partners.”

The Center will provide additional educational and experiential opportunities for students at Mansfield University. UM staff will design training modules specifically for first responders in partnership with UM’s Public Safety Training Institute (MUPSTI), the University said.

The Center will also provide social skills instruction to local high school students and provide additional training to UM faculty and staff as well as local agencies.

The development of a lending library at the Autism Resource Center will make materials available to local school districts and parents.

“I am very grateful for the AllOne Foundation’s support of this initiative,” said Dr. Alison Polly, Assistant Professor of Education and Special Education. “I look forward to a service that will help our local families and school districts connect and coordinate services for people with autism.”

The grant was developed as a collaborative effort between the departments of Special Education, Education, Sociology, Social Work, and Psychology at Mansfield University.

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