Bergen County educator Catherine Troia-Slutzky from the Northern Valley Regional High School District, was awarded a $2,500 continuation grant to carry out a project for the ACCESS Program at Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest.
This golf program will aim to enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders. In addition to filling the recreational needs of the participants, the program will also provide unique opportunities for teens with autism to form closer bonds with peers while participating in an activity within the community. Members of the HS golf team will participate in weekly lessons. This project will enable students on the autism spectrum to experience the physical and social benefits of golf along with their typical peers, improve self-regulation, focus, self-confidence and socially acceptable behavior. Fundraisers will be held throughout the year to help raise funds to support this project in the future.
This program will continue to address the need to get our students involved in a community-based sport as well as encouraging the social interaction with typical peers.
For more information, contact:
Catherine Troia-Slutzky, Project Coordinator
(201) 666-3204 (home)