The Autism Centre was established by the government of the British Virgin Islands in 2012 with financial and technical support from two external organizations. The centre provides services to persons with autism to aid them in reaching their full potential. It offers a safe and nurturing environment in which children and adults receive individualized support towards the achievement of their personalized goals, particularly in the areas of cognitive, social, and life skills.
Adults receive training in functional literacy and numeracy as well as social and independent living skills. Early intervention is provided for young children and all children participate in sessions which aid their language development, cognitive skills, social skills or whatever other skills need to be developed.
The staff at the centre also offers support to families and schools in the form of training, modeling of good practice, and making of resources.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Pencil Grips, Pencils, and Pens
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Board Books, Noisy Books, and Touch-and-Feel Books
Blu-Tack, Chenille Stems, Craft Scissors, Craft Sticks, Foam Shapes, Glitter, Magnetic Tape, Pom-Poms, Stickers, Velcro, Watercolor Paints and Brushes, and Wikki Stix
Plastic Animal Toys, Play-Doh, Puzzles, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and Vibrating Toys
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.