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For Immediate Release

A model classroom for children with autism spectrum disorder

Miami, FL, June 24, 2019

Media Contact:
Nanette Molina

A few years ago, Easterseals South Florida Board of Directors engaged in some strategic planning, and as part of that, reached out to community leaders to identify opportunities for impact and meeting specific needs in the community concerning autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities.  This search led to CARD, the community expert leader on supporting children and families with autism spectrum disorder.  Dr. Michael Alessandri and ESSF President & CEO,  Loreen Chant determined their shared passion for serving those in the community, and out of those conversations, came the launching of a model classroom in the Fall 2018. 

Easterseal’s commitment to provide an intensive focus on individualized instruction, enhanced with CARD’s guidance in training/coaching, redesigning the classroom environment, paired with new technology provided by the Comcast Foundation, has made a true impact on the lives of children and the families we serve.

About the Comcast Foundation: 
Easterseals South Florida is grateful to the Comcast Foundation for a generous grant in the amount of $20,000 for assisted technology to support our partnership with University of Miami Center for Autism Research (CARD) pilot demonstration classroom.  the Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $180 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.


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