Many children with autism and their families face daily struggles. Alpine Learning Group, The EPIC School, Garden Academy, and REED Academy are dedicated to easing these daily struggles and turning uphill battles into achievements. All donations raised from the bike event benefit the four Northern New Jersey schools. By collaborating on this event, we are using one voice to spread the message that everyone, from children to adults, can make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism and their families.
In 1989, Alpine Learning Group opened its doors as one of the first nonprofit autism education centers in Bergen County. Throughout Alpine Learning Group’s growth, the organization’s mission has remained constant: to provide learners with autism and their families comprehensive, scientifically-validated educational and behavioral services designed to foster individual growth and personal achievement. Located in Paramus, Alpine Learning Group serves learners and families across the lifespan through its education, adult and outreach programs.
The Educational Partnership for Instructing Children (EPIC) is a non-profit school dedicated to providing educational services for individuals with autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). The EPIC School uses the highly effective, scientifically documented method of applied behavior analysis to teach new skills and increase independence. This data-based approach provides a learning environment in which each individual student can reach his or her full potential.
Garden Academy is a nonprofit school for children with autism in Essex County founded in response to the critical shortage of effective, evidenced-based programs and trained educational professionals. Garden Academy uses scientific and accountable interventions proven to be effective to provide an individualized education to students with autism so that they may lead lives of the greatest possible independence.
REED Academy is a private non-profit school for children between the ages of 3 to 21 with autism spectrum disorders. REED is committed to providing the most effective science-based intervention to individuals with autism so that they can achieve their greatest independence and productivity and become contributing members of their families and communities. REED Academy is located in its new state-of-the-art facility in Oakland, New Jersey.
Autism is a neurobiologically-based developmental disability that emerges during a child’s first three years of life. 1 in 88 children in America are on the autism spectrum and autism is more prevalent than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Children with autism display marked impairments in communication and social relatedness, and demonstrate a restricted range of interests and behavior. Significant deficits in language and socialization may place children with autism at risk for developing severe behavior problems such as tantrums, aggression, and self-injury. Autism knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries.
Every child with autism faces unique challenges, and every family affected by autism needs reliable support and expert guidance. With early intensive behavioral intervention, children with autism and their families can meet autism’s challenges and reach their maximum potential.
For more information about autism, contact www.autismnj.org
For more information about applied behavior analysis and autism treatment, contact www.behavior.org
To learn more about science-based treatments for autism, contact www.asatonline.org
For information about The New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Applied Behavior Analysis, visit www.njaba.org