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Play Lab on Pepsi Refresh

The University of Mary Washington is competing for a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Challenge grant to support its Autism Clinic and Play Lab.

Nicole Myers, associate professor of education, said that the Autism Clinic and Play Lab will provide much-needed resources for children with autism and related disabilities in the Fredericksburg area. The Play Lab allows UMW students, under faculty supervision, to learn how to work with children with autism and related disabilities and to train parents in strategies they can use at home.

This month, UMW’s endeavor is eligible for public voting on the Pepsi Refresh website. You can vote for your favorite project once daily through Saturday, July 31.

The Pepsi Refresh Project awards up to $1.3 million every month during 2010, in the categories of $5,000, $25,000, $50,000 and $250,000. The proposals must be from individuals, non-profit organizations, or pro-social businesses that want to make a positive impact in the community.

The UMW project is currently ranked No. 56, but must be in the top five to be funded. Vote here. You will be prompted to register, if you haven’t already. Then, you can vote each day this month for the Play Lab.

For details, contact Myers at 540/286-8026 or