Chimes receives Grant – Safeway Foundation

Chimes receives grant from the Safeway Foundation for educational supplies for children with autism and developmental disabilities.

The Chimes Inc., was awarded a $9,600 grant from the Safeway Foundation. This grant will help improve the lives of individuals with autism and developmental disabilities served by Chimes Maryland.

The grant will fund the purchase of an array of educational supplies, including 15 copies of learning materials and task items from the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills Revised (ABLLS-R) system, to enhance Chimes programs and services.

“We are honored to be selected as a recipient of this generous grant from Safeway,” said Chimes President and Chief Executive Officer, Terry Blackwell. “Specialized materials are greatly needed to support the educational activities of the people we serve in our various programs; I want to thank Safeway for this important funding.”

The ABLLS-R system is a guide for instructing teachers who work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities to help assess each student’s abilities. ABLLS-R also directs the development of a student-centered curriculum molded to each student’s needs, as well as tracks language and critical learning skills through the course of each class.

“I want to thank Safeway for this important funding”

The following supplies, which will be purchased thanks to the grant from Safeway, will be used by 10 individuals served by Chimes:

  • Common Objects Kit
  • Language Builder Picture Cards
  • Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives Photographic Learning Cards
  • Things that Go Together and the Reason Why
  • Opposites Language Cards
  • Go-Together Language Cards
  • What Doesn’t Belong?
  • People and Emotions Learning Cards
  • What’s Wrong with this Photo?
  • ABLLS-R Booklets (Part 1 & 2)

The tools are designed to strengthen the teacher-learner relationship between staff and students, with the hopes of vastly increasing the students’ ability to succeed. In addition to the teaching materials, the funding will be used to purchase a new color laser printer allowing Chimes instructors to customize learning cards for individuals as needed.

The Safeway Foundation’s grant will help Chimes meet its overall goal to increase the social and intellectual development of each person served.  Chimes continues to seek new, diverse and innovative funding streams to expand opportunities for people with disabilities.