Fund Autism Facility in The Hague
On April 2, 2016 - World Autism Awareness Day - after almost 3 years - we began the pilot of Stichting REACH Holland, a not-for-profit English speaking care facility for children on the autism spectrum in The Hague, The Netherlands.
At REACH, we see each child as an individual to be understood rather than a problem to be solved. Each child receives individualized assessment and treatment and is supported to reach their full potential. Our focus is not merely on day-to-day functioning, but on helping every child to thrive.
Our mission is to bring high-quality evidence based services to English speaking children with an autism spectrum disorder in The Hague. Additionally, to provide a place where all stakeholders--the children, their families and staff--have the support they need to thrive.
At REACH we strive to provide a supportive learning environment for children and staff alike. We will provide training opportunities for professional development at every level. New employees will be given the opportunity to develop skills in ABA techniques such as discrete trial teaching, analyzing problem behaviors and encouraging communication.
Thank you so much for your generosity and support as the journey of REACH continues.
Founder, Stichting REACH Holland
Three years ago today, World Autism Awareness Day 2016, we began the REACH journey.
What started with just two kids has now grown to 14 with a waiting list! We have 4 BCBAs (something completely unique for The Netherlands) and 4 RBT Certified ABA therapists. And those who are not yet certified are in the process of doing so.
Our REACH Team of therapists and volunteers come from all over the world - The Netherlands, Greece, New Zealand, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Turkey and the US! We like to call us the UN of autism services. We offer services at the center, at homes and in schools! We are one of 10 partners with the Global Autism Project who are working with us to create a model of sustainability. And we are part of an exciting global movement of autism acceptance.
We have started a 'direct instruction' educational curriculum which we would love to expand. We are piloting two social skills/sports initiatives. One is a collaboration with My Gym Den Haag and the other with with an amateur football club TAC '90 where, among other things, we will be teaching our kids to ride a bike which is a very important life skill in The Netherlands.
All of these amazing things have happened because of your ongoing support! We cannot thank you enough for your unwavering generosity through the last three years. We are forever grateful!
Of course, our job is not done! In fact, we have only just begun. There is still so much for us to accomplish.
Thus on this day, World Autism Awareness Day and our third Anniversary, we hope you will consider making another donation toward REACH's future. Every donation goes directly to our kids and families. And every donation, big or small, helps us get closer to our ultimate goal of providing evidence-based services to children ages 2-22 - all under one roof. We will not stop until this mission is accomplished!
Once again, a big thank you from all of us at REACH for your support.
The REACH Team
Also, we would like to wish you and your families a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving celebration!
The goal of ‘Team REACH’ is to bring awareness and acceptance about autism spectrum disorders to The Hague, raise some money and have fun!
One of our major goals at REACH is to provide a more efficient clinical system. We can do this by going digital! Thus, I am running to raise funds for clinical software which will increase our staff's ability to provide more efficient, high quality ABA services to our families. It is a very exciting step forward!
Your contribution, whether big or small, will certainly make an impact. Every donation helps!
Thank you so much, in advance, for your support!
I realize it has been awhile since my last update but I think this news is well worth the wait.
As I think you will remember on April 2, 2016, World Autism Awareness Day, I announced the opening of Stichting REACH Holland (REACH), a Care Center in The Hague which serves children on the autism spectrum.
Now, two years later, REACH is thrilled to officially announce our affiliation with the Global Autism Project!
The Global Autism Project ( www.globalautismproject.org.) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to bridging the global gap in the resources and understanding of autism. They are committed to empowering communities worldwide to address the needs of individuals affected by autism through education, outreach, training, and the promotion of acceptance and compassion.
They believe in embracing the talent and resources of the communities they serve by furnishing them with tools that engender self-reliance, sustainable development, and continued innovation. Through this comprehensive, bottom-up approach, it is their vision to build a world in which all individuals affected by autism have access to effective services.
I have attached a Tedx presentation given by Molly Ola Pinney, the Founder and CEO of the Global Autism Project as I thought it might be great for you to see firsthand what this amazing organization is all about.
We truly believe that this unique opportunity will give us the tools necessary, not only to grow, but to ensure that kids at REACH and ultimately The Netherlands, have access the best services available.
However, in order for REACH to move forward we need two things: 1) larger space and 2) funds.
Thus, I am once again asking if you could find it in your hearts, during this Autism Awareness Month, to donate toward this goal. There are two ways you can do this:
You can make a donation to The Global Autism Project directly through their website or by check - indicating that it is to be used toward the "Stichting REACH affiliation fee" or you can donate to REACH directly through this Gofundme page as you have done so generously in the past.
The good news about donations to the Global Autism Project is that they can be made in US dollars and since it is a 501 (c)3 your donation can be tax deductible.
EIther way, your donation, big or small, will be going toward helping our kids and also having the ability to help even more kids reach their full potential!
Thank you so much for your continued generosity and support. REACH would not be where it is today without you!