New Professional Member
140 River Road
East Haddam, Connecticut 06423
Franklin Academy is the first accredited college preparatory boarding school in the country to focus exclusively on serving students identified with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities or diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's Syndrome. We have always believed that this population of students possesses tremendous potential for success in school, career, and life. However, these students need the right setting, the right educators, the right peer group, and the right interventions. This is what Franklin Academy provides as we help our students address their challenges, develop their compensatory strategies, and hone their strengths in order to become independent young adults who are ready to advocate for themselves, make their way in the world, and pursue their dreams.
Summer Sojourn is a great introduction to campus, faculty and other students - giving them an added advantage in the Fall. Current students enjoy continued friendships developed during the school year. And, students only here for Summer Sojourn can experience how it feels to be with peers who share similar interests and to work with faculty knowledgeable about Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Asperger's Syndrome.
Contact Vincent Schmidt, Admissions
Phone: 860-873-2700 FAX: 860-873-9345
Professional Member Events
Valley Forge Educational Services
Special Kids Summer Camp Expo
Saturday, January 28, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 pm (snow date: February 4)
1777 North Valley Road
Malvern, PA 19355
Local ASD Events
BCSN Summer Camp Grant 2016
Bucks County Special Needs is a private non-profit group that provides assistance for children with disabilities under the age of 21. Funding may be provided for summer camps, and equipment not covered by Medical Access (Sesame Place and YMCA memberships do not qualify as approved summer camps). The request form below may be filled out by a parent or guardian and sent to the address below. Click here to download the application. Deadline is March 15th, 2017.
Kimmel Center: Broadway Philadelphia
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Feb 28, 2017- Mar 05, 2017
Hailed as "One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway" by The New York Times, this "dazzling" (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Welcome to ASCEND Group
Thank you to our wonderful speakers, all the attendees and our ASCEND Board who made our conference a huge success! If you missed our conference or would like a recap, below are the links to the slides provided by the speakers.
ASCEND will be forming an Adults with Asperger's/Autism Support Group!
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ASCEND's MISSION:To improve the lives of individuals
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Heidelberg apartments open for adults with - and without - autism
By Linda Wilson Fuoco for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Elise Mote's heartfelt speech of gratitude was the highlight of a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday in Heidelberg."You built this beautiful building that will give people like me, on the autism spectrum, the chance to live and make friends," said Ms. Mote, a 23-year-old child care worker who will move into the new Dave Wright Apartments over the holidays."My last apartment was the size of a shoe box because that was all I could afford," she said of a place in Squirrel Hill. "So I thank you so much!"For information on rentals, please click here.
Special education case at Supreme Court could prove costly for schools
From the article by the hollandsentinel.com
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court review of a battle between the parents of an autistic child and his Colorado school district could help raise the standards of education for some of the more than 6 million disabled schoolchildren across the United States. But it could also prove expensive for already cash-strapped school districts.
At Hill Top Prep, independent living boarding program helps students prepare for college
From the article: www.mainlinemedianews.com
Rosemont - To help students gain the life skills necessary to live more independently and with other classmates in a dormitory setting. Hill Top Preparatory School launched a boarding program that introduces students to an environment in which they experience a degree of structured independence. This initiative for boys grades 9-12 is designed as a first step toward preparing students for life in a college dormitory setting. For more information about Hill Top, contact Needham, headmaster, at 610-527-3230, ext. 645. To learn more about the school, visit www.hilltopprep.org.
At SpArc, an entrepreneurial program to foster independence
From the article by Diane Mastrull in philly.com
Between the Baltic Birch cutouts, the bottles of glue, and the earbuds-wearing Theresa Wongus singing along to her music queen, Patti LaBelle, the scene at SpArc Philadelphia could have been mistaken for pure frivolity. But this was all business: the business of coaxing entrepreneurial skills from adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a population whose talents often are not immediately obvious. Make no mistake, they are there.
Eight things siblings of children with special needs struggle with
from the article by Jamie Davis Smith in the Washington Post
Having a sibling with special needs is a reality many children are born into, including my three typically developing children. Of all the things my children experience that I never did, their experience of growing up with a sister with significant disabilities is something I struggle to understand, even as I watch it unfold daily.
College Board Simplifies Request Process For Test Accommodations
from the article in https://www.collegeboard.org
Announces New SAT® Testing Supports for English Language Learners
NEW YORK-The College Board has overhauled its request process for testing accommodations, making it easier for eligible students to receive the support they need on College Board assessments. For more information, click here.