Autism should not limit a child’s opportunities to learn and grow.
This was a common thought shared by a small group of parents who came together in 2003, desperate to find the right education for their children with autism. In their continued efforts to advocate for their children’s future, they knew it was just a matter of finding the right program.
That driving need inspired them to start REED Academy.
The first four REED Academy students received one-to-one instruction in two rooms in Washington Township, New Jersey. But as word spread about the Academy and its innovative approach, enrollment grew, and the school found more spacious and opportunity-rich facilities. Today, the private, nonprofit school supports individuals with autism from diagnosis through age 21 at its own 24,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Oakland, New Jersey. The curriculum is tailored to each child’s needs and administered by educators trained in applied behavior analysis (ABA), an evidence-based science implemented to effect meaningful change in behaviors ranging from social skills and academics to life skills and job training.
In 2016, the REED Foundation for Autism was created to advance public awareness and look ahead to new programs that benefit individuals with autism throughout their lifetime. REED’s fundraising efforts fill crucial gaps as we continually expand our services.
And the need has never been more urgent: