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Families And Schools Together (F.A.S.T),
and the Chapman Ability Project (C.A.P)

As the rates of children with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders increase, so does the need for a comprehensive approach to intervention. Because children spend so much of their time in school settings, it is important that professionals in all disciplines work collaboratively to provide these youth and their families with much needed intervention and support.

In response to this growing need, The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California and Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies have come together with partners, parents, educators, and schools to actively address this issue as a community.

This collaboration will involve a two-pronged approach, providing both support and educational opportunities, specifically designed to meet the needs of individual students, families, and schools. To this end, we have developed two cutting edge programs: Families And Schools Together (F.A.S.T), and the Chapman Ability Project (C.A.P).

We are incredibly excited to help negotiate this uncertain terrain, to see all viewpoints, promote flexibility, and advocate for the best interests of the child. Our goal is to work together with ALL team members to create quality outcomes for youth with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities throughout Southern California.

This important endeavor would not be possible without the vision, passion and generosity of our partners and cofounders. The founding members are The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California, Chapman University's College of Educational Studies, The William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation, Children and Families Commission of Orange County, UC Irvine School of Medicine, and CHOC Children's Hospital.

Families And Schools Together (F.A.S.T):
The Families And Schools Together (F.A.S.T) program offers support to families and schools, using a cohesive multi-disciplinary approach to intervention. We work together to increase communication among all team members; develop strong collaborative relationships; and share resources and expertise. This approach allows us to enhance services in all settings and ultimately improves outcomes for the youth we serve.

Chapman Ability Project (C.A.P.):
The Chapman Ability Project (C.A.P.) will focus on high level education workshops, lectures, and certificate programs designed to increase the knowledge and practice of those serving our youth in the schools and in clinical settings. Their approach will be to work closely with schools and families as they create Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for students with autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders. There will be times when the school recognizes the need for in-service of faculty and staff for advanced training. That’s where C.A.P. comes in.

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