TORRINGTON – The Arc of Litchfield County received a grant of $20,000 from Torrington Savings Foundation to fund a program that serves teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
According to Nerissa Casanova, coordinator of LARC’s Autism Resource Center, the grant will support a new after-school program for high school students.
“We are so thrilled to receive this support from Torrington Savings Foundation,” said Ms. Casanova. “We plan to address the social needs of youth with ASD and provide resources and supports to students and families.”
The program has been in the development stage for more than a year.
“There is a great need for after-school programming that serves teenagers with ASD,” explained Mary Ellen Kunz, director of development and marketing at LARC. “Activities will focus on improving socialization skills, building relationships with peers and staff, and increasing comfort with technology,” Ms. Kunz added. “We are so grateful for the foundation’s support of this vital Litchfield County program.”
Lesa Vanotti, president and CEO of Torrington Savings Bank and Torrington Savings Foundation board member, said, “This is a unique program that offers much-needed skill building for these teens. The concept LARC has developed supports one of the Foundation’s main goals of supplementing classroom education and we are proud to continue our legacy of supporting LARC in their mission.”
More information on LARC’s Autism Resource Center and the programs offered is available by contacting Ms. Casanova at email@example.com or 860-482-9364 ext. 350.
LARC is a nonprofit agency in Northwest Connecticut founded in 1964 by families to support loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Guided by a vision of Community for All, LARC promotes individual empowerment, choice, respect, and dignity.
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