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April 20, 2016

HMEA expands autism program with $57K grant

Courtesy Mike Moloney is the CEO of HMEA, Inc.

Franklin nonprofit HMEA, Inc. earlier this month announced a $56,700 grant from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts to expand an autism program at Assumption College.

Through the grant, which was awarded last fall, HMEA has expanded its Students for Higher: Rising Up for Autism program, which trains Assumption students in applied behavior analysis therapy. The therapy has been proven to help children with autism, according to a press release from HMEA.

Students who participate in the program shadow board-certified behavior analysts, and once they’ve gained enough training, take care of clients while checking in with a supervisor. The program has provided behavior therapy services to all the children HMEA supports in the Worcester area, said Kate Colburn, the program’s project leader.

The program’s ultimate goal is to expand the number of therapists skilled in applied behavioral analysis.

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