UU Church West’s “Split the Plate” program is one of outreach and generosity. Each month we give half of all undesignated offerings to a non-profit organization, to help us live our UU values and serve our community.  Our Split the Plate partner for December is Islands of Brilliance.

Islands of Brilliance (IOB) is a learning experience developed specifically for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. They utilize project-based learning which allows students to grow their intrinsic capabilities and practice communication, increasing their likelihood of independence as adults. Their programming, rooted in art, design, and STEAM-based curriculum, helps children and young adults learn valuable technical skills, while practicing critical social and emotional learning competencies in a supported environment. Best of all, students have a place to share their unique voice, ideas, and creativity alongside peers that relate, understand, and help motivate those around them.

Autism diagnosis has increased to 1 in 54 children in the US. There is an 83% unemployment rate for adults on the spectrum. Islands of Brilliance addresses this problem by beginning transition training from school to employment 6 years earlier than required by the State of Wisconsin. Islands of Brilliance also offers programs for students who have aged out of more traditional programs.

To support Islands of Brilliance any time this month, go to the UUCW website’s “Donate” tab and select “Split the Plate” from the menu provided. For more information about Split the Plate, contact Kathy Herrewig.