Our Story



Connections is rooted with a dedicated team of administrators who share a vision to serve as advocates for inclusion and understanding, and as a valued resource of information and expertise to support students on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families.

We recruit and value a committed team of expert-educators and paraprofessionals, who teach skills and model behavior with positivity, care and compassion toward a common goal. Our passion to help our students reach their own, unique, full potential is played out daily to help each thrive after graduation as adults with self-satisfaction and happiness – as valued, contributory members of the community.

Connections believes in serving the whole family to bridge and nurture ‘connections’ between siblings, relatives, friends and members of the business community. When you think of Connections, think of us as a resource for the community that involves the whole family. Siblings recreate, learn and bond together – friends, family and the expanded community learn about what living on the Autism spectrum is like and how to support the Autism community.
Throughout the year, our students enjoy and learn how to ‘get social’ with invited guests through holiday parties, hands-on crafts, fitness activities, book fairs, and outdoor play.

We realize that parents of children living with Autism have unique needs too. Parent training classes and family support activities are planned and hosted year-round. We are here to share information and understanding and walk together through the educational and socio-economic experience of the unique population of students at Connections – as a true extension of our families.

​ Connections has grown so much more quickly than any of us had anticipated. In just a few short years we went from a 5000 sq ft building to 16,000 then to over 20,000 square feet. We are currently renting space with plans to eventually secure land to develop both schools, residential housing, adult day programs and micro businesses for teens, young adults and adults with Autism and related disabilities to work at.  
We need help to make this dream come true, it will take a community effort, volunteers, donations and funds to make this dream come true.
  

10 REASONS
Connections is important to our community
  1. 1
    Provides a safe and nurturing environment with a deep respect for children and young adults with autism as unique individuals.

  2. 1
    Collaborates with students, teachers, families, and community partners to enable our students to reach their maximum potential.

  3. 2
    With over 80% of our students from low income families, provides much-needed programs to an underserved population.

  4. 3
    Provides state-of-the-art technology to afford our students the opportunity to communicate with peers, family members, and in the community.

  5. 4
    Addresses drowning, the number one cause of death in children with autism, by providing an aquatics and recreation program to students.

  6. 5
    Provides an environment where innovative materials and evidence-based practices are implemented by an experienced, multi-disciplinary team of professionals.

  7. 7
    Supports and acts as a resource for parents of children and young adults on the spectrum both before and after school and on the weekend.

  8. 8
    Makes academics, life skills and clinical interventions, elements of every part of a student’s day, maximizing therapeutic and learning opportunities with a student to staff ratio of 2:1.

  9. 9
    Creates and maintains in-house and community-based employment experiences for young adults of all levels of the autism spectrum.

  10. 10
    Uses a variety of avenues (music, art, sports, technology, etc.) to provide the individual with autism a strength-based program.