Eden Autism Services New Model Autism School Near Completion

Princeton, NJ, August 07, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The staff, families and community supporters of Eden Autism Services are thrilled to announce that Eden’s brand new model autism school and national headquarters is almost nearing completion and is on schedule for its fall 2011 opening in the Princeton Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ.

“We are very excited that our dream of a new autism school is almost a reality,” says Carol Markowitz Eden Chief Operating Officer and Eden staff member since the school was opened in 1975.

More than three decades ago, when statistics for autism were just 1 in 10,000 children, Eden was among one of the first leaders in developing high quality education programs specifically for children with autism and support for their families. With 14 families and several professionals Eden Institute was created. Today, the statistics are 1 in 100 children and Eden has expanded its outstanding program to become a center of excellence and one of the nation’s primary resources for autism education, information, training and support.

Presently, Eden’s services include not only a school, but also early intervention, diagnostic and consultative services, in-person and online support and training for families and professionals, top notch employment centers and community-based residential programs for adults with autism, and the Eden Curriculum.

The thinking for a new state-of-the art autism facility began decades ago, but the plan was put into motion a little more than two years ago when Eden embarked upon a $7 million capital campaign Nurturing Today, Embracing Tomorrow. $4 million of the campaign will support the new school and $3 million will strengthen Eden’s endowment with a focus on adult services, a much growing and often overlooked population in autism community.

With the generous support of Eden parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, staff, private and family foundations, as well as corporations, Eden Chief Development Officer Melinda McAleer, reports the campaign is approaching $5 million.

“We are deeply appreciative of the commitment that family, friends and community members have made to our mission,” says McAleer. “The diagnosis of autism continues to increase, but so does Eden’s determination to provide its participants and their families with the highest quality programs and services possible. Nurturing Today, Embracing Tomorrow helps make this possible.”

For more information about Eden’s Nurturing Today, Embracing Tomorrow capital campaign contact Melinda McAleer at (609) 987-0099.

Serving as Eden’s national headquarters, the new educational facility will include a model autism school for three to 21 year olds that has been designed by Eden staff utilizing three decades of knowledge and best practices in teaching individuals with autism. The school building will include a model convenience store and office training room to be used to foster job preparation skills, a commercial-grade kitchen for use with Eden’s new enhanced lunch preparation program, gymnasium, and 37 individual therapy rooms. The facility will also house administrative offices and Eden’s Outreach program including Wawa House, one of the nation’s first early intervention programs which was funded by Wawa Inc. Teachers, professionals, and families from around the world will be invited to visit, learn, and acquire training in Eden’s practices and curriculum, which are proven to effectively serve individuals with autism. Services will also include virtual classroom training and long-distance outreach support.

Eden Autism Services provides early intervention, education, employment training and residential services for children and adults with autism. Eden offers both in-person and online support and training programs for families and professionals. Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, Eden is a national center of excellence, which was founded in 1975. Eden's services extend throughout the United States with operations in Southwest Florida. For more information about Eden visit www.edenautism.org or call (609) 987-0099. Follow Eden on Facebook and Twitter.

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Aileen Kornblatt