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Pathways Teacher Lori Johnson Awarded a Dougie Award

J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center is proud that Lori Johnson was recently awarded a Dougie Award by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. The Dougie Awards were initiated this year by the Flutie Foundation to recognize leaders in the autism community. Nominated by her peers, Lori Johnson — a supervisor educator at Pathways Strategic Teaching Center —selflessly chose to donate her $250.00 award to Pathways.

Lori has been working at Pathways for 13 years and is happy to have fulfilled her lifelong dream of being a teacher. Lori shared, “I have always wanted to be an educator and I love working with children. I believe in the Pathways program and have witnessed firsthand how much progress, educationally and behaviorally, my students have made utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.”

Lori’s nomination was filled with accolades from her colleagues, but her enthusiasm, exceptional work ethic, and passion for teaching truly shined through.

“Lori puts her heart and soul into making sure each one of her student’s distinct needs are met as well as their strengths showcased,”

Mackenzie Milner, Pathways Clinical Director.

Lori’s favorite subject to teach is reading, and both parents and students are fans of her teaching expertise. Pathways parent Tori Marie explained, “Ms. Lori is more invested in my son’s success than anyone else he’s ever worked with. He has made so much progress in the past few years thanks to her tireless dedication, efforts and enthusiasm!”

Congratulations to Lori Johnson

We could not agree more. Pathways and the Trudeau Center are lucky to have Lori Johnson as such an integral part of the team and thank her for her dedication and zest for teaching and learning. Outside of work, Lori enjoys love spending time with her family, going out to breakfast with her nephews, listening to music, and working with animals.

Pathways Strategic Teaching Center is a comprehensive education and treatment program servicing children with autism and related disorders. Founded in 1998 through a collaborative effort between Trudeau and local parents of children with autism, Pathways is committed to utilizing scientifically validated teaching strategies to improve the lives of children with autism and their families.

About the Flutie Foundation: Former NFL Quarterback, Doug Flutie, and his wife Laurie started the Doug Flutie, Jr. Flutie Foundation for Autism in 1998 after their son, Dougie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Over its 20-year history, the Flutie Foundation has distributed over $15 million to schools and organizations who provide clinical therapies, respite services, recreational programs, social skills training, job supports and more for people affected by autism.

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The Trudeau Center Receives $3500 Fogarty Foundation Grant

The J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center has received a $3,500 grant from the John E. Fogarty Foundation to purchase two laminating machines for Pathways Strategic Teaching Center, Trudeau’s comprehensive education and treatment program servicing children with autism and related disorders. These laminating machines will be used to create durable visual supports for Pathways’ students. Visual supports are communication tools used with children who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for two main purposes: they help educators and parents communicate better with the student, and they help the student communicate better with others.

Founded in 1998, Pathways is committed to utilizing scientifically validated teaching strategies to improve the lives of children with autism and their families. With school programs in Coventry and Warwick, Pathways educates students from all over Rhode Island as well as from nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. Students with complex communication and learning needs benefit from all types of supports, especially visual supports, which are portable and sturdy tools that help within the classroom and home setting.

“Thanks to the Fogarty Foundation, this grant will give our students access to visual supports — in school and at home,” says Pathways’ Clinical Director Mackenzie Milner.

“The continuum of support helps students, educators, and families work together to reach goals and provides students with consistency, which then enables success in and out of the classroom. Having two top-notch laminating machines will also save our teachers so much time, leaving them with even more time to devote to teaching,” said Mackenzie Milner.

Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center and the John E. Fogarty Foundation have had a long and wonderful relationship and past Fogarty Foundation grants have gone towards technology and educational tools for Pathways. The mission of the John E. Fogarty Foundation for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is to support agencies that provide services to improve and enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) within Rhode Island.

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THE TRUDEAU CENTER RECEIVES $7,500 GRANT FROM DOUG FLUTIE, JR. FOUNDATION FOR AUTISM

Aaron, Pathways student

Warwick, RI (January 25, 2021) –J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center is pleased to announce it has received a $7,500 grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. These funds will provide critical personal protective equipment and educational resources for in-person and distance learning at Pathways Strategic Teaching Center, Trudeau’s comprehensive education and treatment program servicing children with autism and related disorders.

Founded in 1998, Pathways is committed to utilizing scientifically validated teaching strategies to improve the lives of children with autism and their families. In response to COVID-19, Pathways educators have worked tirelessly to change operating procedures, create a new curriculum plan that supports in-person AND distance learning, and practice diligence in keeping vulnerable students safe. Through this funding, the J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center will be able to continue to provide students with autism and their educators a safe and nurturing environment for learning. 

“Doug Flutie Foundation’s unwavering support over the years has allowed the Trudeau Center to make a positive difference in the lives of so many children with autism, and their families. We thank the Flutie Foundation for its generosity and for helping better the lives of the autism community at such a challenging time,” says President and CEO Judith Sullivan.

“The Flutie Foundation Signature Grants help our partner agencies address a variety of significant needs in the autism community, especially in light of coronavirus repercussions,” says Nick Savarese, Executive Director of The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. “Programs like Pathways are helping people on the autism spectrum live life to the fullest and we are proud to support their efforts.”

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Jessie Perrin ’17, behavior analyst for children with autism and disabilities

Jesse Perrin ’17 (M) grew up volunteering at many organizations, and he always seemed to gravitate towards the kids who were picked on or who were disadvantaged in some way, helping to mentor and teach them despite their challenges.

When he graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth) with a degree in psychology in 2013, he decided that he wanted to pursue a lifelong career of working alongside disadvantaged kids—particularly with autism and disabilities through applied behavioral analysis (ABA).

“I think life is difficult enough as it is, and if you really are at a disadvantage, it’s an obligation to help people who have less advantages than you,” Perrin described. “And ABA provides the best tools to do that in my field.”

While Perrin started on his master’s in ABA at UMass Dartmouth, he kept hearing about the ABA program at Salve Regina. He felt like he wasn’t being challenged enough in his current master’s program, so he made the leap to transfer and finish out his degree at Salve Regina, which he finished in 2017.

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