Contact: Jed Johnson (email@example.com) for questions regarding application process.
Contact: Sandy Magana (firstname.lastname@example.org) for program-related questions.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED to Weds., Nov. 30, 2016 at 5pm Eastern.
This is a Request For Applications for community based organizations including Easterseals affiliates interested in implementing Parents Taking Action (PTA), an evidence-based educational program aimed at helping parents learn about autism, autism interventions and services, and how to access them. Three (3) seed grants in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to community-based organizations that provide services and supports to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or other disabilities and their families.
PTA targets parents of children with ASD and other social communication problems ages 2-8 years. This program teaches parents strategies for improving social and communication skills and reducing challenging behaviors among their children with ASD.
The PTA program was designed to support Latino families and is carried out by trained promotora de salud who is also a parent of a child with ASD. The promotora, or peer mentor, will engage other parents in the educational program through 14 weekly home visits that last about 2 hours each. Parents participating in the program will receive a manual with all of the session content and a resource folder of programs and services in their area. Technical assistance will be provided throughout the 9-month duration of the program.
Training and technical support will be provided to the organization by the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Family Support Research and Training Center (FSRTC) through either in-person or live video methods. This training will use a "train the trainer" approach in which the organizational staff will receive training on how to conduct recruitment and training of peer mentors, administer the program and maintain fidelity to the model.
Important note: While PTA was originally designed to support Latino families of children with ASD via in-home visits by promotoras, proposals for translating to other populations or provision of peer mentoring in groups settings will be considered.