From our youngest students... A year and a half ago, our organization went through a major rebranding process—choosing a new name for our organization. The chosen name, Spectrum360, and the tagline, “Options Across a Lifetime,” better reflect our mission and the current objectives of our programs and services. There’s a saying -- “when you meet [...]
In response to the critical need for high-quality lifelong programming for individuals with autism, Spectrum360 has consistently expanded. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the incidence rate of autism in New Jersey remains the highest in the nation, increasing from 1 in 45 in 2015 to 1 in 41 in 2016. This far exceeds the [...]
Save the date because we’re about to celebrate! On November 15th, Spectrum360 will hold its 4th annual Hall of Fame dinner at the gorgeous Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, NJ. As in years past, it will be an inspiring night to remember with dinner, dancing, auctions, and a DJ. This year, we’re proud to honor two incredible [...]
Our students and staff hit the ground running during the first week of school. There were lots of smiles and laughter, and everyone was ready to get back to the business of learning after the summer break. Please enjoy this photo gallery from the first few days at Academy360 Lower School and Upper School.
Somerset Hills Country Club It’s almost that time again! We’re gearing up (and practicing our swings!) for the 7th Annual Fore the Kids Golf Tournament. Set for October 2, 2017, this year’s tournament will be held at the scenic Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville, NJ. Rated as one of the top 100 golf [...]
When I first met Dominic it was immediately obvious that he has natural charisma. He has an easy smile and enjoys interacting with others. He is very direct, he’ll tell you honestly what he thinks, but he is never judgmental and always polite. Dominic has a playful look in his eye and a quick wit. I knew [...]
Have a look at our photo slideshow from the Upper School's amazing performance of "The Little Mermaid," held on May 31st and June 1st, 2017. Click any image in the carousel to open the slideshow. [...]
For the third year, family, friends and the general public are invited to attend FilmAcademy360’s annual Film Festival. This exciting evening of film, video, and digital and traditional artwork will be held on Wednesday, May 17th at the Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre. Viewing starts at 6:30 pm.
21st Century Safety for Children and Adults on the Spectrum: Issues and Strategies Characteristics of autism such as communication deficits, unpredictable and challenging behaviors, and tendency to wander make individuals on the autism spectrum especially susceptible to injury. It is essential for families and caregivers to recognize critical safety issues in the home and community and to [...]
Loss and Grief in the Lives of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Loss is the experience that "someone or something that once was is no more;" grief is the feeling of that loss; and mourning is the expression, private and communal, of that grief. For persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities loss (sometimes dismissed as "just change") has been a near-constant life companion. This session [...]