September Center Spotlight – Foundation for Autism Services Today and Tomorrow

fasttThe Foundation for Autism Services Today and Tomorrow (FASTT) is an organization founded to establish vocational and employment programs for adults with autism in Southern Illinois.

There has been a lot of excitement at FASTT this summer. We were awarded a brand new 2012 14-passenger bus from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). FASTT submitted a grant to IDOT in 2010, and waited patiently for approval of the grant.

FASTT Fest is our silent auction and wine tasting event, which is held on the second Saturday of each year. This year, it will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Scottish Rite in Belleville, Illinois. FASTT will be recognizing 10 wonderful years of service in the Metro East area. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at (618) 741-6409 for further information for tickets purchase. We are planning to have a great time for a great cause.

FASTT is also excited about the development of our new TAP Resource Room. The Resource Room is equipped with books and resources about autism, in particular about young people and adults with autism. We have vocational kits, a desk, touch screen computer/printer and a laminator. These resources will be available for staff, family and friends in the community. In addition, we have a bedroom setting, which includes a twin size bed, dresser, and a laundry sorter. We will be training our guys how to make a bed, fold clothing and towels to place in the dresser, and sorting clothes to place in the laundry sorter. We are excited and await the arrival of TAP to assist with staff training to open the doors to our Resource Room.

We also have a great recreational area in our program. The recreational area has a television, equipped with a DVD/VCR player, a table hockey game, two game chairs, a shelf full of books, puzzles and games, and two drawer containers of manipulative sensory items. Our guys love the new area and are enjoying every moment of it.

To learn more about FASTT, visit our website.

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