Mission and Values

Spectrum360 was built to meet the needs of people with autism and those with related challenges. Today – and every day – we work to provide an inclusive, warm and welcoming setting to help our students and adults thrive.  

Our mission

Spectrum360 provides people with autism and those with related challenges the specialized programs and supports they need to realize their aspirations, lead thriving lives, and fully engage with their families and in their communities.

Read our Strategic Plan for the future

The Spectrum360 Story

What began as The Children's Institute in 1963 has grown into a place of learning and belonging for individuals with special needs. Read about how Spectrum360 came to be.

The Children’s Institute (TCI) opens its doors

as a state approved school for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities.


Dr. Bruce Ettinger

becomes the Executive Director of TCI.


TCI creates the Center for Independence

now known as Independence360.


Technical arts programs

in film and culinary are created.


TCI is renamed Academy360

as part of the newly formed Spectrum360 organization, which also establishes FA360, CA360 and the renamed I360.


Ken Berger becomes Executive Director

and Dr. Bruce Ettinger retires.

Our values

We strive to help each person we serve to discover their unique talents, develop self-worth, and maximize opportunities for independence.

We are person-centered

The interests of those we serve are the most important considerations in our decision-making process.

We are collaborative

We work as partners with our colleagues, those we serve and their families and guardians, and our stakeholders.

We are curious

We are open-minded; strive to continuously learn and improve; appreciate feedback; and encourage innovation.

We are caring

We are empathic, compassionate and accepting. We are sensitive to the needs and desires of our students, adults, families and guardians.

We act with integrity

We are honest, transparent and accountable, to the greatest extent possible, in our interactions with those we serve, those we work with and our community.