FilmAcademy360 was recently featured in People & Families magazine, published by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities.
And we got the cover!!
Download the PDF and read the article now.
Here are a few quotes from the story:
When Vincent Lissandrello graduated from Spectrum 360 Upper School in 2015, he already had several years of practical work experience under his belt. Now, the 22-year-old from Midland Park, NJ, is back to teach at the school that has given him the skills needed to succeed.
“I had heard about similar programs… and thought it could be an area of strength for our students. David and I began talking and this evolved together. A lot of children on the spectrum are very visual, so this is suited to their strengths. It’s amazing how well it has worked.”
– Bruce Ettinger, Ed.D., Spectrum360 CEO and Executive Director
“Many kids on the autism spectrum have communication difficulties, so doing film gives them a longer time to think about what they want to say. They learn to express things in a controlled way. It’s very structured and socially appropriate.”
– Eileen Forman, Spectrum360 Parent
“We have to think out of the box to find [our students] high value jobs. We have to think of their strengths and how we can create jobs based on those strengths. We also have a responsibility to enhance their self-esteem and give them work and jobs where they can succeed. Everyone needs that.”
– Bruce Ettinger