A Have Dreams Academy participant practices his interviewing skills at Trustmark, a Have Dreams corporate partner in Lake Forest.                                      Submitted photo

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Autism Speaks, one of the leading autism science and advocacy organizations, announced that local nonprofit Have Dreams is one of 10 national organizations to receive funding through the Autism Speaks Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship.

Have Dreams offers a variety of social, communication, life skills and job training programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from age 18 months through young adulthood. The $15,000 scholarship will fund three young adult participants attending the Have Dreams Academy workforce development program in fall 2016.

“We want to congratulate our scholarship fund recipients,” said Lisa Goring, Autism Speaks’ executive vice president of programs and services.

“Postsecondary programs that provide more opportunities for education and enhanced quality of life are essential for young adults with ASD.”

Sara LaMontagne, Have Dreams’ adult services program coordinator, said, “The Autism Speaks scholarships are vital to helping participants with financial need receive the job training and career development skills necessary to finding meaningful employment.”