Community Autism Socials at Yale (Project CASY) is a university-organized online / local community of individuals living with autism and the families, friends, and professionals involved in their lives.
The main purpose of Project CASY is promoting the quality of life of individuals living with autism. Project CASY does this using an organic collaborative approach, where community members meet together in person to share their ideas and experiences while benefiting from the knowledge of clinicians and researchers at the Yale Child Study Center and other organizations. The online component allows for an extensive network spanning the entire state of Connecticut (and beyond) promoting diversity on many levels and curbing social isolation.
In-person meetings typically take place weekly where members can regularly assemble to nurture relationships and maintain ongoing dialogue in the service of the community’s goals. All meetings are facilitated by faculty and staff of the Yale Child Study Center who have dedicated their careers to autism in both clinical and research arenas. Professionals from other organizations often join to facilitate as well. As the community grows, subgroups will also proliferate to accommodate different interests. The website will also evolve into a hub and repository for sharing general information relevant to the community’s goals, interests, and activities.
Since our founding in April 2014, all our programing is free and offered at no cost. There is also no cost to join Meetup or Project CASY; however, memberships in both are highly encouraged to ensure effective communication and maximum community benefit. Many Project CASY groups emphasize social recreation; therefore, these groups are designed to be enjoyable above all things. While they are offered at no monetary cost, we understand that they are an investment in time and energy. Since we do not consider them therapy or treatment (and they should not replace formal therapy or treatment), we can focus on creating shared enjoyment among group members, laying a strong foundation for building healthy and lasting relationships.
Project CASY is sponsored in part by The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Adult Autism Research Fund, a generous gift from the Rosen family, and the research/clinical practice of Dr. Roger Jou at the Yale Child Study Center.
IN CASE YOU MISSEED US AT THE LAKE COMPOUNCE CAR SHOW:
There's more to this website, but in order to view it, you must be a member of Project CASY. To become a member, please do the following:
1) Click on the red "request to join" button at the top of the page, then click on the "sign up with email" button once it appears. This will allow you to sign up for meetup.com. It is free and the information requested in minimal.
2) Simply enter a user name, your email address and password. Click on the red “continue” button under the password field. Please note that a Facebook or Google account is NOT needed to sign up. You simply click on the red "continue" button and ignore the blue "continue with Facebook" and white "continue with Google" buttons.
3) After you are a member of meetup.com, return to the Project CASY front page http://www.meetup.com/ProjectCASY/ and click on the red "join us" button. This will allow you to join Project CASY which is also free. You'll be asked some simple questions about yourself. It will ask you to upload a picture which can basically be any picture you like.
After you are a member, you can see all the content of the Project CASY website. Feel free to check out our upcoming meetings and browse the message board. As a member of Project CASY, you will be notified via email with any updates.
Thanks for your interest and look forward to meeting you in person!
Roger J. Jou, MD, MPH, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor & Clinician Yale Child Study Center 230 S Frontage Rd, Rm G-130 New Haven, CT 06519-1124 Phone: (203) 927-3970 Fax: (203) 737-2797