June 26, 2012
Michele Oesch

Gift Funds for SLU Asperger Syndrome Program

The Connections Program for Children and Teens with Asperger syndrome has received $8,000 from the Allen P. & Josephine B. Green Foundation, a first time gift to Saint Louis University.

The Connections Program was established in 2007 by the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy to help teens and children ages 8-18 with Asperger syndrome in the development of social participation, self-advocacy and communications skills. Visit the program's website for more information on the Connections Program. 

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism, a disorder of brain development, which is characterized in varying degrees by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. About 1 in 88 American children have a form of autism, according to statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism affects more children than the combined number of cases of diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down's syndrome.

About the Green Foundation

The Allen P. and Josephine Green Foundation was established by Allen and Josephine Green in 1941. The foundation makes contributions to human and social services programs in central and eastern Missouri, providing direct services to people in need; youth development programs; innovative developmental and educational programs for children; health and hospitals; and religious institutions for community churches and social services. For more information on the Green Foundation, visit its website

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