GIANT STEPS CANOPY OPEN HOUSE TO SHOWCASE THE FUTURE OF SERVICES FOR ADULTS LIVING WITH AUTISM

November 1, 2017 – Giant Steps Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which is comprised of a specialized, therapeutic day school –
K-12 – and programming for adults living with autism, is opening the doors to their Canopy Adult Services Program
(CASP) to public, Saturday, November 4 th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The CASP Open House event will provide a
glimpse into current adult programming and to Giant Steps' vision of what the future can hold for adults with autism.
The CASP facility is located at 264 S Main Street in Sugar Grove.
The CASP is a re-imagined community offering hope for a safe, fulfilled, purposeful and happy life for adults with
autism. The CASP serves individuals who have who are no longer eligible to receive school-based services and
support, which ceases on their 22 nd birthday. The programming at the CASP is designed to meet the individual and
specific needs of adults with autism, providing community inclusion opportunities, as well as life skills and vocational
training. This helps participants to continue to grow and develop throughout their lives. 
It is expected that over 500,000 individuals nationwide with autism will age out of school-based services within the
next five years.
"Serving the adult autism community is an area where we as a society need to answer the call for help," said Giant
Steps' Executive Director, Dr. Sylvia Smith. "At Giant Steps we strive to be a leader in this area by creating an
innovative environment that will serve as the blueprint for successful, autism-specific, adult programming."
A major area of focus and development for CASP is the expansion and enhancement of the vocational training
program. Around 94 percent of adults with autism are either unemployed or underemployed. By providing vocational
training and continuing support, CASP aim to reduce this percentage and help adult participants reach their fullest
potential.
"This is why we encourage everyone to come out and see the amazing strides we are taking – one might even say
'giant steps' – to ensure that all of our autism community members are able to achieve their fullest potential to lead a
purposeful and fulfilling life," Smith said.
For more information on the Canopy program or the open house, please contact Lillian Peterson, Director of Canopy,
at 630-864- 3830.



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About Giant Steps:
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