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About Us 2017-08-15T20:17:43+00:00

About Spectrum360

Spectrum360 serves children, adolescents, young adults and adults on the autism spectrum and with behavioral and related disabilities. Spectrum360 and its programs are recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Our programs include:

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Academy360 includes two NJ State Board of Education Private Schools approved for the disabled, providing Preschool, Autism and Behaviorally Disabled programs. We serve students, ages 3-21, with schools in Verona and Livingston, NJ. Formerly known as The Children’s Institute, Academy360 schools have been providing special education services in New Jersey for over 50 years.

Academy360 operates two schools: Academy360 Lower School, including a preschool, elementary, middle and secondary autistic classes and a 9th grade transition class, and Academy360 Upper School, a high school serving students ages 15-21. Additional programs provided include After-School, Respite and Adult Enrichment.

Together these programs develop academic, social, behavioral, communication, life and career skills for children, adolescents and young adults. We use a contemporary array of evidence-based strategies including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design to teach the “whole individual.”

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Independence360 is a comprehensive program developing vocational, life and social skills, and personal development for adults.

Independence360 teaches vocational and jobs skills, self-direction and self-advocacy, self-expression and communication, social and relationship skills, life skills and self-care to promote wellness and independent living.

Using a multi-tiered system of supports, and structured activities in our center and in the community, we help adults become integrated into their communities, secure jobs, and become independent and productive with the supports they need to succeed. Independence360 is approved by the NJ Department of Developmental Disabilities (NJ DDD) and Medicaid as a Day Habilitation Program, and by the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NJ DVRS) to provide Job Coaching Services.

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FilmAcademy360 is a unique, practical and hands-on education program designed to help a diverse group of learners develop creative and technical skills in filmmaking, video editing, production and publishing. In a supportive, social and team-oriented environment, FilmAcademy360 provides opportunities for graduated learning and expression, in-house commercial production, work and education preparation, and volunteer and internship placements in the community. Programs are available after school, on weekends and in the summer months and are open to students attending other schools.

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CulinaryAcademy360 offers after school and adult enrichment programs teaching culinary skills for independence and exploration of culinary arts as a vocation. Created in September 2016, the program was developed to provide students, ages 14 and older at Academy360 and adults at Independence360, with the opportunity to explore food service as a career path, as well as increase their ability to live independently by learning to cook for themselves. CulinaryAcademy360 provides day classes to clients of Independence360 as well as after-school and evening classes for Academy360 and participants of Spectrum360’s Adult Enrichment Program. The after-school, Saturday, and evening classes are also open to individuals with autism and related disabilities who attend other programs and schools.

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Spectrum360 Programs are Designed to Provide Options Across a Lifetime for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum and with Behavioral and Related Disabilities.