Scarlet Hope for Autism: The Road to Excellence in Education (SHARE)
Sharing Our Mission with Underserved School Communities
Scarlet Hope for Autism: The Road to Excellence in Education (SHARE), is an innovative workforce development program to provide job-embedded, research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) training and intervention for supporting the learning and life success of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in New Jersey.
"SHARE exemplifies where science meets practice. In keeping with our mission, this program takes evidence-based research on increasing behaviors that are important to child development and applies it effectively in community-based school settings that are under-resourced.”
-Debra Paone, PhD, BCBA-D, Co-Director, SHARE; Director of Consultation and Training, DDDC
Meeting the Need for an Autism-Trained, School-Based Workforce in NJ
In 2023, the prevalence of children with ASD is at an all-time high, with 1 in 36 children diagnosed nationally; a 65 percent increase in the last 14 years. New Jersey has the second highest rate of children with ASD in the nation, with a staggering 1 in 35 children diagnosed. However, the number of professionals trained in effective interventions for this population are lacking. Trained professionals are particularly limited in schools that serve students and families in under-resourced communities. Thus, SHARE addresses an urgent statewide need and can act as a national program model.
Strategic School Partners
SHARE recently launched in Newark Public Schools, the largest school district in New Jersey, comprised of over 3,000 teachers educating over 67,000 students in 66 schools.
Despite advances in the discovery and dissemination of effective educational and behavioral health treatments for autism, families with socioeconomic challenges, individuals with severe and complex learning and behavioral needs, members of diverse ethnic and racial minority populations, and aging individuals with autism continue to have significantly inequitable access to critical resources and specialized services.
As the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers has a responsibility to recognize our state's greatest needs and to continue to address these important contemporary challenges, amplified by the growth in autism prevalence in recent years.
Training the Next Generation
Scarlet Hope for Autism: The Road to Excellence in Education (SHARE) is committed to training the next generation of highly qualified clinical practitioners and educators to provide evidenced-based practices to students in autism programs in underserved communities. SHARE is part of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC), an integral part of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The DDDC has been serving the needs of people with autism spectrum disorders, their families and schools, since 1972.
Your financial support will help SHARE make a tremendous impact in sharing our expert support services with those in greatest need.