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.
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 individuals on the autism spectrum AND their families, getting the recommended amount of sleep each night can seem like an impossible task. Difficulties include: inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, daytime sleepiness and a hard time remaining in the bedroom during nighttime wakefulness.
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 [...]
Acting as a Social Communication Builder Join us for this free seminar to learn how acting can help individuals with ASD feel more comfortable meeting new people, performing well in job interviews and other social situations. The audience will participate so come planning to have some fun! FilmAcademy360 Program Director David DiIanni will present his strategies and [...]
In New Jersey, a child is considered an emancipated person at age 18, regardless of the severity of disability. As a result, parents of special needs children no longer have the legal right to make medical, legal, financial or personal decisions for children over age 18 even if the child is unable to do so him or [...]