March 21, 2017

Autism Awareness Month 2017 with Autism Site Knox!

April is Autism Awareness Month, and ASK has a lot of family fun events to announce for 2017! We’re getting ready for Autism Awareness Month early, with our Spring Open House & Wine Tasting on Friday March 24.  Drop by from 5:30pm-8:30pm for an “adults only” Open House featuring the Autism […]
September 1, 2016

Old City Cover Jam Benefits ASK on Sun Sep 4

The Old City Cover Jam is a new Labor Day Weekend tradition! Eight hours of live music from the area’s best cover bands and solo artists on Sunday September 4 from 2:30-10:30 at NV Nightclub & Courtyard on Jackson Avenue. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds benefit Autism Site Knoxville, […]
August 3, 2016

Full Spectrum Learning Program Helps Students With ASD Transition into Four-Year Degree Program

by Courtney Frederick, ASK Writing Intern Full Spectrum Learning is a program for students with autism spectrum disorders at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.  Full Spectrum Learning (FSL) focuses on transition into college, academics, social skills, independence, and career readiness for each student. The program’s goal is to […]
August 2, 2016

UT FUTURE Empowers Students to Gain Employment

by Courtney Frederick, ASK Writing Intern Every year, about 8 students are accepted into the UT FUTURE Program’s 2-3 year certificate program after high school. FUTURE’s goal is to increase each student’s ability to be more independent and more employable. The average student in FUTURE: Has completed special education or […]
July 23, 2016

UT Chattanooga Offers Successful Four-Year ASD Support Program

by Courtney Frederick, ASK Intern A few years ago, at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, three students approached Michelle Rigler, the current director of MOSAIC, and told her they were receiving the standard disability accommodations, like extra test time. Michelle asked what they needed, and the students replied that they […]
July 22, 2016

Pediatric Language Clinic Provides Variety of Therapy and Training Opportunities

by Sarah Larsen, Nonprofit Management Intern The Pediatric Language Clinic (PLC) is an early-intervention program that provides specialized services to children ages birth-to-3 that have significant social, communication, and behavioral delays, and/or a diagnosis of ASD. Because the PLC is an Early Intervention Resource Agency (EIRA) under the umbrella of […]
July 13, 2016

First Baptist Concord Provides Sunday School for Children with Disabilities

  By Lane Vaughn, Technical Writing Intern First Baptist Concord Church provides a warm and welcoming learning environment for children on any level. The Sonshine Kids class for elementary aged children with special needs meets at the church in Farragut every Sunday morning at 10:45 AM until noon. Sonshine Kids […]
July 9, 2016

UT Volunteer Your Voice Summer Program

By Lane Vaughn, Technical Writing Intern   The Speech Pathology department at the University of Tennessee has just completed its second successful year of hosting the UT Volunteer your Voice Summer Program. It is a one-week camp for children ages 8-15 that have speech, language, hearing, or communication disorders. Camp […]
June 28, 2016

Youth Transitions Prepares Students with Disabilities for the Food Service Industry

 by Courtney Frederick, Technical Writing Intern For his Master’s Thesis, Chris Harper wrote about training a group of individuals with disabilities extremely well in different areas of food service would be profitable for the restaurant industry. Ten years ago, Chris’s idea came to life through Youth Transitions, a program designed […]
June 27, 2016

Pellissippi’s UPEP Program Offers Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

by Courtney Frederick, ASK Technical Writing Intern In 2014, Pellissippi State Community College was awarded a five year, federal grant through the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. With this award, Pellissippi State started the Universal Pathways to Employment Project (UPEP), whose goal is to support students […]