As a former teacher (once a teacher, always a teacher!), helping students with special needs has always been near and dear to my heart. That’s why I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with Mea’Alofa Autism Support Center (MASC). I don’t think I can describe this organization any better than they do in their own words on their homepage:
In Samoan, ‘Mea’Alofa’ means ‘gift of love’ and is used to broadly mean a gift. The Mea’Alofa Autism Support Center, or MASC was founded by parents and therapists who wanted to make a difference for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Hampton Roads Area.
When a parent is dealing with their most precious asset, a child, it can be extremely overwhelming when things don’t go as “planned”. MASC helps those families dealing with an autism diagnosis, giving them hope and a place to turn. From support to therapy and everything in between, the people at this organization are dedicated to helping those dealing with autism in their community.
This site serves a multitude of functions. First, visitors can learn more about the organization and its ABA therapy approach. Supporters can make donations directly on the site, and informational classes are listed with the ability to register. Interested parties can also express interest in volunteering or even working for MASC. Still to come are photo albums from events and a possible membership portal offering further online support to clients.
The workers at this organization work tirelessly to serve its population, and I sincerely hope their new site helps them to do just that.