Stansell plans to use the money to send herself and three of her stylists through a training program taught by Practice Without Pressure, an organization that teaches children with disabilities strategies for coping with challenging situations and caregivers processes for accomplishing tasks in a loving manner without resorting to restraint. “Right now, we’re kind of winging it, but this program will train us on how to better help these kids more effectively,” says Stansell. “The program costs $300 per person, and I didn’t pursue it before because it wasn’t money I could spend-- so this grant will make a definite difference in the quality of service we can offer these kids.”
For now, Stansell markets her Autism Nights by word of mouth, through her salon website and through information Autism Delaware distributes to parents of newly diagnosed children. She believes once her salon team becomes certified practitioners, they’ll be able to increase the salon program.
“It’s wonderful that a company like Wella is being so supportive of women in all aspects of their career and is stepping up and supporting us with real money and help,” she says. “There’s a lot of personal pride in knowing that you are doing something for others, and it’s great to be able to work with my team members and help instill that feeling within them. This grant will help me continue to grow that.”
In 2013, Wella's Hairdressers at Heart Charity Challenge awarded 20 finalists with grants that totalled $43,000. The next Wella "Supports Your Cause" Charity Challenge will commence in the spring of 2014. For more information and updates, please visit hairdressersatheart.com.