The autism pilot program at Maryville College is making headlines as the need for autism support services for children and families continues to grow.
The program is a collaborative effort between Maryville College, the University of Tennessee, Cherokee Health Systems, and the Autism Society of East Tennessee, and it really is a win-win. Students get hands-on experience working with children with autism while under mentorship from their professor, and the families of those children get support they desperately need. Once the students complete the program, they will be available for hire to provide respite services to families affected by autism who often find it difficult to find childcare to provide a much needed break.
WATE recently featured the program and their video below includes a great interview with one of the students and families involved in the pilot program.
This semester's program at Maryville College is a pilot of the program, and while we all have high hopes of expanding the program, the number of families partnered with students is currently very limited. If you are interested in receiving updates about this program, please submit your information through this form.