The Simon Family Endowment has recently been established at UW Tacoma in order to support Adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or developmental disabilities in response to the ever-growing need in the South Puget Sound Region. There are many clinicians in the area who can provide the initial testing and referrals for provider services. Still, there is tremendous need for lifelong care and advocacy after diagnosis into Adulthood. These include education, job placement, living skills, counseling and innovative programming. It is hoped that, through the initial $1 million investment by the Simon Family along with funds raised to enhance the Simon Family Endowment, the requisite programs will be created to fulfill the mission in the South Sound Region as well as produce a working model for other communities.
To foster continuing growth, independence, and lifelong support for Adults in the South Sound Region diagnosed with Autism or Developmental Disabilities.
To create a community of enhanced programs and services supporting adults diagnosed with Autism or Developmental Disabilities by engaging networks of sustained collaborations and partnerships across the diverse South Sound region.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY THE ENDOWMENT:
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM PROGRAM
To provide the South Sound region with Master of Social Work (MSW) professionals prepared to offer lifelong care and advocacy for adults diagnosed with Autism or Developmental Disabilities.
To create a model of course work education and fieldwork practicum for the UW Tacoma Master of Social Work program that focuses specifically on inspiring and preparing MSW students to serve adults diagnosed with Autism or Developmental Disabilities.
Simon Family Endowment funds will support fellowships for MSW students who choose to engage in fieldwork serving adults with ASD or developmental disabilities.
AUTISM COALITION OF TACOMA
To build Autism Coalition of Tacoma (ACT) Adult programs by identifying gaps in services and to create opportunities for efficient and effective programmatic partnerships that significantly increase state of the art services and high-quality support for lifelong care of adults with Autism or Developmental Disabilities.
Activate a robust, sustainable network of partner agencies who work creatively to collaboratively increase services and improve existing systems of support for adults diagnosed with Autism or Developmental Disabilities.
Simon Family Endowment funds will support ACT adult programs directly affecting Adults diagnosed with ASD and ID and will also be engaged to provide scholarship opportunities for diagnosed students seeking higher education at UW Tacoma.