Earlier this year, Lighthouse Autism Center established the Lighthouse Autism Center Autism Awareness scholarship. This scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to an individual enrolled at a college or university as an undergraduate student in an area that we currently serve. While we had many impressive applications, Madison Clark was selected as the awardee for this scholarship.
Madison is a graduate of Northfield Jr. Sr. High School and is currently enrolled at Indiana State University in the Applied Medicine and Occupational Therapy program. Madison has experience interning in a special education classroom as well as with an occupational therapist. In her free time, she has volunteered for Joni and Friends, Lighthouse Mission Thrift store and the Church Coffee Bar.
Madison has spent time volunteering with special needs families and hopes to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy or Special Education. She has a passion for making a difference, especially for special needs families in her community.
We could not be more excited to award this scholarship to Madison. Congratulations!
Learn more about the Autism Awareness Scholarship
Lighthouse Autism Center’s Staff Spotlight serves as an opportunity for us to highlight the incredible individuals we have working across all of our centers. Our Staff Spotlight features employees across all different centers in a variety of positions. This is an opportunity for our community to get to know the people who work so hard every day to deliver the best ABA therapy to the kids and families we serve.
Meet Laney. Laney is the Director of Talent Acquisition with Lighthouse Autism Center. Laney has been with Lighthouse just over a year now. Laney leads all talent acquisition efforts for all centers in Indiana and Michigan.
Tell us about why you applied for a position with Lighthouse.
“Lighthouse has a great mission. I really saw an opportunity to make a difference through a position with Lighthouse.”
What is your favorite memory from your time at Lighthouse?
“This past Fall, a child had a program that involved practicing trick or treating. Over the course of two months, this child would come into my office and practice trick or treating. I would give her a token that was supposed to indicate a piece of candy. It was such a pleasure interacting with her and her RBT and knowing that I could play even the very smallest part in helping her become more comfortable with trick or treating. It was the highlight of my day!”
How would you describe your Lighthouse experience?
“My experience so far working at Lighthouse has been refreshing. I had previously worked for a non-profit but was discouraged that they were not making a difference in the community. In my short time with LAC I’ve seen an incredible amount of impact on not only the kiddos but the families as well with the work that the team does. I’m incredibly proud to work for LAC!”
When not leading Lighthouse’s recruiting efforts, Laney enjoys spending time outdoors, watching football and collecting stamps.
Ready for a career where you can make a difference?
Lighthouse Autism Center is preparing to open three new ABA therapy centers this summer to meet growing demand in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Each center will serve nearly twenty families and create a combined 120 additional jobs in these areas. The newest center in South Bend, Indiana is located on Ireland Road and will open in July. In addition to serving as an ABA therapy center, it will also serve as the administrative headquarters for Lighthouse Autism Center.
“Lighthouse Autism Center is excited to continue our mission of brining the highest quality ABA therapy services to areas in need. With our newest centers in South Bend, Elkhart and Kalamzoo, we will be able to provide crucial therapy services to an additional 60-70 families who might otherwise not be able to access this therapy for their children,” said CEO and Founder of Lighthouse Autism Center, Gregg Maggioli. While the South Bend and Elkhart centers are slated to open in July of 2020, the Kalamazoo center will not open until August.
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When Sage first enrolled at Lighthouse two years ago, he was shy, didn’t make eye contact, and would only communicate by dragging people to items that he wanted. His first days at Lighthouse were also met with frequent problem behaviors including refusing to do tasks, throwing objects, and showing aggression towards others. Fast forward two years and Sage has made incredible progress.
“Lighthouse has provided us hope that Sage will lead a normal life. Both my wife and I will never forget the first time we heard Sage say….l love you Mommy/Daddy! Sage wasn’t talking prior to his enrollment at Lighthouse. Who knows where’s he be today without their efforts,” said Sage’s parents.
Sage does not engage in problem behaviors and has made great strides in communication and social skills. He can vocally communicate his wants and needs independently, and makes eye contact, responds to greetings from others, and enjoys participating in group activities like gym class and music class with his peers.
Sage’s Program Manager, Bri said, “It has been such a joy to watch Sage grow during his time at Lighthouse. He is incredibly smart and has such a fun personality. Sage has made tremendous progress during his 2 years here. He has worked hard to gain communication skills, social skills, independent living skills, and academic skills. Watching him learn so many new skills has been extremely rewarding.” Sage is currently preparing to transition back to school and will enroll full-time at a local school this Fall!
At LAC, we are seeing incredible progress made by our learners every day.