St. John’s, Newfoundland – Money raised by the Targa Newfoundland road rally will be used to establish education and training centres for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador said that the centres will use computer technology as teaching tools.

“The Society will create Targa Technical Centres in our regional offices in Clarenville, Corner Brook, Goose Bay, Grand Falls-Windsor and St. John’s, and equip each location with technology like laptop and tablet computers as teaching aids for programming that will begin next year,” said Wendy Skinner, executive director of ASNL. “Our hope is to be able to offer training, not just in areas where we have regional offices, but in other locations throughout the province.”

The program will also including training for staff in how to use the technology in specialized teaching situations that recognize the unique skills and challenges of people suffering from autism and assist them, their families and those who work with them.

Targa Newfoundland raised $110,000 for the Society in 2011.

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