The Red Apple Adult Training Center in New Port Richey is a truly unique place serving all of Pasco County. The staff of well-trained specialists work every day to educate, encourage and empower developmentally disabled adults. They help these precious people gain the knowledge and experience they need to live the most enriching and independent lives they can live.
Each day the staff at Red Apple School provides meaningful activities for the people in their care, but the work of nurturing individual potential requires the resources and facilities to do it right. In addition to their daily needs, Red Apple School was in immediate need of more space to support their expanding program.
Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring awarded $20,000 in grant funding to the Red Apple School for the purpose of building a much-needed school annex.
Why do they need specialized facilities?
In addition to the various physical disabilities many Red Apple students are learning to overcome, some students also deal with sometimes debilitating levels of autism. While this challenge may not be so apparently evident, those living with the condition must learn to deal with its effects. In many cases, that can include severe sensory overload during activities most folks take for granted, like picking up a few items at Walmart.
Check out this video to experience it firsthand:
About Red Apple School
Red Apple School maintains two campuses in New Port Richey, 6630 Kentucky Avenue and 6527 Jefferson Street. They are currently in the process of expanding the Jefferson Street campus to include adding a sensory room for their students.
Red Apple works with adults learning to live with intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, Spina Bifida as well as people who ambulate via wheelchair and those with behavioral challenges. Every member of their 40-plus team have all been thoroughly trained to work with these students.
Their curriculum includes a mix of learning activities and life skills training including:
- Communication skills including sign language
- Reading, writing, math, science, history and computer skills
- Community outings to the library, parks, museums and local stores
- Money skills and mail correspondence
- Arts and crafts
- Life skills such as cooking, shopping, planning, cleaning and laundry
The Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring is proud to partner with Red Apple School to help provide a safe and nurturing environment to conduct this good work here in our community.
*All images courtesy Red Apple Adult Training Center
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