Assist Us in Expanding Access to Early Intervention
The early intervention agencies at the University of Memphis are Project Memphis and Project Memphis Ready (PM Ready). PM Ready is a non-profit organization that provides developmental therapy, diagnostics, and mental health services to young children (birth-5) with autism and/or developmental disabilities and their families. PM Ready is a division of Project Memphis, which was started almost 50 years ago by Dr. Alton Quick. Since then, Project Memphis has been a UofM agency assisting families with young children with disabilities.
Today, the combined programs provide services to over 200 families per month. Historically, the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) has funded the Project Memphis early intervention programs. We offer home and childcare-based developmental therapy (Project Memphis), as well as our newest service, center-based developmental group therapy (PM Ready).
PM Ready is currently located on Park Ave. in the Orange Mound neighborhood of Memphis, in the new Porter Leath University of Memphis Early Childhood Academy. Our collaboration with Porter Leath improves children's and families' access to educational services and supports.
We are home to Tennessee's only TEIS center-based program, which has the skills and capabilities to offer outstanding care for children with autism and their families. Undergraduate and graduate students are placed in our program while they do fieldwork, professional development, and research. We work with six University departments to provide comprehensive services to children and families.
Since its launch in October 2021, PM-Ready has enjoyed significant growth. In our community, we have discovered that assistance for young children with autism and their families are severely limited. Your contribution will assist Project Memphis in expanding its programs for young children with disabilities and their families in Memphis and Shelby County.