Our Mission

  • For Autism Minds Everywhere (FAME) is intended to support and fund programs and organizations that enrich and aim to improve the lives of people with disabilities. 

  • At FAME we will always strive for the best methods, practices and treatment of people with disabilities. 

  • FAME hopes that by partnering and being able to financially support programs with the same desire the true change starts to take place.

 

Detailed Budget for Proposed Project

 

For Autism Minds Everywhere (FAME) request of $150,000 is to help fund the 2021-2022 school year of Program for Intellectual Development (PIE). The 150,000 would be to expand our program to include a transitional program. This would include a small cafe for life/career skills as well as 2 new classrooms, including a early intervention program. The students in our program are getting older and are ready to join the workforce. Many programs utilized people with special needs as menial jobs. The transitional program for PIE would be a cafe that is operated solely by all the students. This would give them agency and something to be proud of. In addition, we wish to add an early childhood intervention program. 

  • $50,000 for 2 new classrooms ($4,000 a month for renting a space big enough to house 3 classrooms, and a cafe.)
  • $100,000 for one lead teacher, and 1 support staff for the 2021-2022 school year. 

How will this benefit PIE?

Classroom space and low cost commercial real estate is a luxury that we take for granted. For 3 years we were able to rent a very nice space from a local church. But as PIE has grown, not just in number but in student size, we are needing more space. There is also a need for neuro-education in early intervention programs. By incorporating an early intervention program, we are ensuring that families and their children are getting a solid foundation in how to navigate a different life. We also are at max capacity in our current space and we have 3 students on the waiting list. Having a bigger space would allow more students to join PIE 

Being able to have a larger space would mean: 

  • More space for activities and enrichment such as painting, and 3d printing. 
  • Connect more in the community, with more students, our partners like Catlin Gabel can grow their peer buddy program. 
  • Being able to grow in the same space and not having to move every year. 
  • Students could try out their new careers in a safe environment, to add layers for their conceptualization. 
  • Partnering with other schools and attending events with peers
  • Serving the community such as volunteering at the Oregon food bank as a class
  • Host and plan more community events, such as painting nights, or school dances. 

Board Of Directors

Pauline Lee

Founder and President of the Board

I created FAME as a means to ensure that we never lose sight of empowering all minds with disabilities or not. Though the name says For Autism Minds everywhere. The mission behind FAME is to slowly change the paradigm of education. I want to make sure we are making a world where people with disabilities are held to a high standard of interacting, living, thriving. While accepting who they are. Wholey, quirks in all.

 

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Limen Chang

Director

Mimi holds a bachelors of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame.  She is self employed and works in  International Business and trade for the last 25 years. Mimi joined the board of FAME to assist in its growth and to share the vision of PIE for individuals with special needs.

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Cecilia Tsai​

Treasurer​

Cecilia is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University with a MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She worked as a Senior Financial Analyst at Intel Corporation, and used her skills to help found Hope Chinese Charter School in Beaverton. Cecilia joined FAME because she wants to build up PIE School to serve more children whose special needs are not being met in the community.

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Jane Williams​

SECRETARY

Is a proud PIE parent.  Jane is the Organizational Change and Project HR Manager for Multnomah County.  She is also a gardener, runner, and big Timbers fan.  Jane was born in Canada, lived in Japan for a year, and loves traveling with her son and husband.  They believe that the best way to learn is to experience, and that is why the PIE school mission is so important to the Williams family

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Cecilia Tsai​

Treasurer​

Cecilia is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University with a MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She worked as a Senior Financial Analyst at Intel Corporation, and used her skills to help found Hope Chinese Charter School in Beaverton. Cecilia joined FAME because she wants to build up PIE School to serve more children whose special needs are not being met in the community.

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