UNION– Kean University recently received the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Community Seed Grant in support of Project Excel, an ongoing initiative that assists students with learning disabilities. The program is a perfect fit for the Foundation and its mission, which develops, supports and advocates programs that enrich the lives of those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The grant totals $2,000, and will go toward further enhancing Project Excel in the area of providing special attention to Kean students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. It is the goal of the program to progressively remove these students from a structured support environment, and allow them to achieve an independent acceptance of responsibility, in terms of their education and ultimately their lives as a whole.
Participating students are eligible for a minimum of one session per week of individual contact time with Project Excel support staff. These sessions include preferential registration for each semester; referral to campus services for tutoring; training for learning strategies; assistance with student advocacy with faculty; and peer mentoring. Mentors develop a plan that includes all reasonable accommodations required to have success at the college level. Academic, career, and personal advisement/counseling are also part of the package. No additional fees are charged for this program.
The Daniel Jordan Foundation, a 501(c)(3), is an entirely volunteer-run organization. It is the guiding principle of the organization to honor the individuality of each person with ASD, so that each may participate throughout their lifetime in vocational, recreational, educational and residential opportunities that are suitable, stimulating and sustainable and allow for maximum integration in the community.