Founded in 1975, not-for-profit Eden Autism Services was among the first to provide a wide range of science-based services to children and adults with Autism through early intervention, aged 3 – 21 years Education, Employment, Adult Residential and Consultative Programs employing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). With a national prevalence rate of 1 in 68 births (1 in 45 in New Jersey), autism is one of the most common developmental disabilities in the country. Recognized nationally, Eden is a leader in working with individuals who have the most challenging behavioral and cognitive deficits. Eden’s outreach department offers support and training for families and professionals and has made available for purchase the Eden assessment and curriculum, available in print and online (ELMS: Eden’s Learning Management System), which is comprised of nearly 40 years of clinical experience.
The kiosk version of iLearnNEarn was piloted at Eden with students aged 3-15 years between November 2010 and April 2011.
Founded in 1970, ECLC of New Jersey offers lifelong services, starting with education for children with special needs, ages 5-21, through jobs and day/evening programs for adults, including those with Autism, Down Syndrome and Severe Learning and/or Language Disabilities.
ECLC’s two schools, in Chatham and Ho-Ho-Kus, educate more than 300 children with special needs. As students prepare to graduate, ECLC’s affiliate, Community Personnel Services (CPS), takes over, guiding them into the next chapter of their young lives. CPS’ employment specialists help them find jobs in their communities and provide on-going support and advocacy in the workplace.
ECLC graduates who are not ready for jobs are guaranteed a spot in the P.R.I.D.E. program. In the P.R.I.D.E. program, adult clients enhance their daily living skills, socialize with peers and volunteer in the community. Recently, a new P.R.I.D.E. Center opened in Paramus specifically for students graduating from the Ho-Ho-Kus school.
Meanwhile, the ECLC Foundation supplements funding for all entities and supports afterschool activities, respite weekends (overnights), alumni programs, adult services and capital projects. Learn more about ECLC at www.eclcofnj.org. ECLC is a member of the Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of North Jersey, a coalition of more than 30 state-approved private special education schools in Northern and Central New Jersey dedicated to helping parents and educators better understand and access appropriate program options in special education. Learn more about the Alliance at www.specialeducationalliancenj.org.
In 2011, Rangam Technologies ran Colors Program – the kiosk version of iLearnNEarn – at ECLC in two classrooms with students aged 8-12 years. ECLC has added the iLearnNEarn app based programs in their classrooms.
Michael Lewis, Ph.D. is University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He also is Professor of Psychology, Education, Cognitive Science, and Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University. His research has focused on normal and deviant emotional and intellectual development. Some of his early works focused on the normal course of children’s intellectual growth. He related this to changes in the organization of central nervous system functioning, and he developed the habituation-dishabituation paradigm for measuring dysfunctional and normal cognitive development. Based on these measures, Dr. Lewis developed a computer-based technique for enhancing intellectual ability in children suffering from a variety of disorders associated with retardation.
Dr. Vidya Bhushan Gupta is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and member of the Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. He served as a member of many advisory committees regarding children with special needs, such as the project advisory committee of the National Center for Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs, AAP from 1998-2002, Autism Subcommittee of the Committee on Children with Disabilities of the AAP and was a member of the New York City child health forum. He has given lectures on ADHD and autism in local and national meetings.
Kate Gladstone is a handwriting expert and autism activist who serves on the Autism Society of America Program Committee. Kate is passionate about cursive handwriting. Being on the spectrum, she has developed a program to teach individuals with autism how to read cursive writing. Rangam Technologies worked with her to develop Read Cursive.
Easter Seals New York has been at the forefront of providing outstanding services for individuals with Autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 90 years, Easter Seals has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals New York creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. In 2012, Easter Seals New York directly touched the lives of more than 20,000 individuals in New York State. In 2012, it piloted the Colors Program in one classroom with students aged 4 years.