The Dan Marino Foundation & The Embassy Of The State Of Qatar Announce Their Partnership To Create A Technology Enrichment Program For Teens & Young Adults With Autism

The Dan Marino Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of persons with autism and other developmental disabilities, announced that The Embassy of the State of Qatar in the U.S. is funding a pilot Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) enrichment program in recognition of World Autism Day and Autism Acceptance Month (April). According to the CDC, 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism every year, and 1 in 7 adults has a developmental disability. The STEAM program will incorporate a modified curriculum and instruction designed for individuals with autism that can be used globally. This program will provide teens and young adults on the spectrum with opportunities to learn about robotics, coding, graphic design, and other essential skills for the workplace.  The pilot program will begin initially with a limited number of individuals in September 2021 at two locations in South Florida.  The goal is to then expand the program nationally and internationally.  For 29 years, the Dan Marino Foundation has led innovation and change, with the mission to empower individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The partnership with the Dan Marino Foundation continues the State of Qatar’s long-standing commitment to improve the lives of those with Autism in the United States, the Middle East, and around the world.  Founded by Dan and Claire Marino shortly after their son, Michael’s, autism diagnosis in 1992, the Dan Marino Foundation has a long and distinguished history of life-changing programs and services. The Foundation has raised more than $84 million to create and support unique and impactful initiatives.