The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation
Announces 2006 Grants


The Heartsong, Inc. Grant
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation awarded a $15,000. grant for 15 adolescents with Autism to participate in art and music therapy programming for a year. The goal of the program is to enhance communication and socialization for the teens while encouraging appropriate behavior in a warm, creative environment. Currently in its 14th year, Heartsong serves more than 500 students in Westchester, New York.
 
The UMDNJ Autism Center Grant
A grant award of $13,600. was made to The Autism Center at New Jersey Medical School for an innovative musical and educational outreach program to benefit adolescents and adults with Autism. "Bridging the Gap" is the second phase of the program developed in 2004 by The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation and Dr. Charles Cartwright, interim director of The Autism Center. The year long program serves families in the greater Newark, New Jersey area.
 
The Agape Therapeutic Riding Center Grant
This program located in Cicero, Indiana exemplifies the power that equine therapy has to improve comprehension, listening skills and following directions for individuals with Autism. Agape will provide a week long summer adventure program for adolescents and young adults with Autism involving horseback riding, crafts, trail riding on a sensory integration track and barn activities with this grant of $2058.
 
The Zabota Foundation Grants
Two separate grants were awarded to the Fair Lawn, New Jersey based Zabota Foundation. The first grant in the amount of $8968. will create a new program entitled "Broadway-Step 1" that will focus on the needs of adults with Autism who require extensive supervision and support. The second grant in the amount of $1560. will be used to teach community integration and socialization skills to adults with Autism who will go out into the community under the guidance of the program staff.
 
The Princeton Child Development Institute Grant
A grant of $22,000. was awarded to PCDI's Adult Life-Skills Program to provide specialized services to adults with Autism so they can acquire the skills that are necessary to expand their employment options. Enhancing quality of life by increasing adults' participation in community recreation and leisure activities is also an important goal of the program. The program is located in Princeton, New Jersey.
 
The Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism Grant
Located in Levittown, New York, NSSA offers the most advanced treatment and training programs that meet the unique needs of individuals and families affected by Autism. The $5000. grant will support a vocational training program designed to prepare adolescents and adults with Autism for successful integration into the community and workforce.
 
The Rutgers Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center Grants
Two grants have been awarded to the Adult and Transitional Services division of The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The first grant in the amount of $4000. will provide funding for the continuation of a pilot program focused on increasing recreational skills for adolescents and adults with Autism. The second grant is for $1000. to fund the start-up costs for a cleaning service business that will employ adults from the center.
 
The New England Center for Children Grant
For students at the internationally recognized NECC, physical education is critical in fostering coordination, cooperation, independence and emotional balance. The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation grant of $7850. will support NECC's Adapted Physical Education and Learn to Swim Programs for adolescents who will participate in integrated settings in the local community. The program is located in Southborough, Massachusetts.
 
The Melmark, Inc. Grant
The Melmark School is the recipient of a $10,000. grant to support a new Vocational Training Program for young adults with Autism. The goal of the program is to train and place the participants in paying jobs at the agency's 70-acre campus or nearby towns such as Newton Square or Paoli, The Melmark program is located in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
 
The Creative Perspectives, Inc. Autism Center of Colorado Grant
This innovative program entitled, Therapallooza, is a comprehensive, recreational after-school intervention curriculum developed for adolescents with Autism, ages 12 to 18. The program takes a holistic approach incorporating art, music, yoga, and therapeutic horseback riding and teaches skills and behaviors that can be implemented at home, in school and in the community. The $8500. grant will provide access to the program for adolescents with Autism who have no other means of funding.
 
The VSAarts of New Jersey Grant
VSAarts is the recipient of a $6000. grant that will support inclusive, after-school art and music programming for adolescents with Autism and their peers from Edison High School's Peer Mediation Group. The program provides the opportunity for interaction between the mainstream high school students and the students with autism emphasizing strengths and similarities and developing friendships based on mutual respect. The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation and Vanessa Young, Executive Director of VSAarts developed the program in 2004.
 
The Westchester Jewish Community Services Grant
This $5000. grant will be awarded in 2006 to create "The Breakfast Club," a program that will serve adults 21+ with Autism who live or work in Westchester County, New York. "The Breakfast Club" will address the isolation issues that many adults with Autism experience and will allow for social learning and camaraderie among the participants.
 
The Children's Annex Grant
A grant of $5600. will be awarded in 2006 to help finance the production of an instructional DVD entitled, Differently Abled. The professionally produced DVD is aimed at building self-esteem, awareness and advocacy skills for adolescents and young adults with Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.

Community Grants
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation will award $2000 to support community based programs for adolescents and adults with Autism.