Rebekah Harrelson MBA '15, a recent graduate of Millikin University's MBA Program, and Dr. Denice Love, Millikin assistant professor of elementary and special education, have started a support group for parents and teachers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) called Not Forgotten, Inc.
Not Forgotten is a community organization, based in Decatur, Ill., that brings families and educators together to create supportive resources for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The organization holds monthly forums that feature guest speakers, parent speakers and community resource speakers. The forums are free and open to the public.
"Not Forgotten's long-term goal is to create an organization for the community that targets three main growth barriers for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder," said Harrelson. "These areas include social integration, independent living and employment."
Harrelson developed a business plan for a nonprofit organization to assist children with ASD in making the transition from school to employment. The business plan was her project for the MBA she earned this spring at Millikin.
"When thinking of our children, one of our jobs is to prepare them for adulthood," said Harrelson. "When thinking of a child with ASD, one of the jobs as parents is to create customized plans that allow these individuals to be productive adults. Not Forgotten will help create customized plans for those individuals."
For more information on Not Forgotten, Inc., please call 217.358.8548 or e-mail Notforgottenmaconcounty@gmail.com.
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