National Autism Registry Receives Grant for Training Adults with Autism

Jupiter, FL, January 14, 2017 --( The National Autism Registry (NARY) of Palm Beach has announced a $24,984 Grant from West Palm Beach-based health funder Quantum Foundation to increase employability for adults with autism and other special needs through increased health and hygiene knowledge.

People with autism and other intellectual disabilities face daily challenges when relating to other people in the community, so most of them are unemployed or under-employment and experience social isolation. The National Autism Registry, Inc. (NARY) is a nonprofit that serves Palm Beach County exclusively and is not affiliated with any other Autism organization. It was founded in 1999 by Valerie Herskowitz who is a speech therapist and special needs parent to respond to this widespread need. The organization seeks to teach practical daily living skills with the goal of promoting an independent lifestyle for those on the Autism spectrum.

For the past two years, Ms. Herskowitz hosted classes in her home in Palm Beach Gardens. After renovating a 900-square foot retail store featuring a new commercial kitchen in Jupiter, Florida, the Chocolate Spectrum opened June 28, 2016, in Jupiter, with expanded capacity to teach more students.

The Quantum Foundation grant will enable NARY to train twice as many special needs individuals, who will improve their vocational and life skills (encouraging expressive communication and socialization). Trainees will also learn science, technology, engineering and math by producing and packing various chocolates and pastries and preparing them for shipment.

Media Contact Person: Valerie Herskowitz
The Chocolate Spectrum
Valerie Herskowitz