By the Numbers
Mission: We are a nonprofit organization committed to building new levels of confidence, competence and opportunity by empowering students with learning disabilities to define and achieve success throughout their lives. At Access, we view our students as unique individuals with strengths, talents gifts and abilities to be recognized and developed.
Target Students: The school considers itself a "one stop shop" for children and students with developmental and/or learning delays. Their programs accommodate students with attention deficit disorder, apraxia, autism, down syndrome, dyslexia, feeding disorders, hearing impairment, language delays, mild mental retardation, sensory integration disorder and written expression disorder.
They integrate children with developmental delays with normal children in their preschool which serves children as young as 6 weeks and up to 4 years of age. The school also features a day program for adults from 18 to 35 where they are taught life skills to aid them in independent living.
Dyslexia Accommodation: The school's reading program uses the DuBard Association Method as well as the Wilson Method. Both are based on the principles of the Orton-Gillingham system. Other support listed on the website include:
Teacher Training: All teachers at ACCESS Academy are trained in the DuBard Association Method and instruct in the Wilson Method. The ACCESS Group also offers parent training and hosts training seminars for Cambium Learning Technologies software products for teachers, special educators and therapists.
Student Teacher Ratio: The preschool has a student-teacher ratio of 10:1, while the Academy is 12:1
Assistive Technology: The school boasts that all of their classrooms have 1-2 computers and that students have access to the school's computer lab as well as a mobile laptop lab.
The school's computers use applications to help with reading and comprehension including text to speech software.
Financial Support: An "Access Tuition Assistance Fund" provides support for some students
Based on information available at the school's website we have scored the school in six areas of importance to prospective parents and students.
1) Given the limitations of information available to us, the scores
may not accurately represent the school. School administrators or informed
parents and students are welcome to contact us with additional
information and we will update the scorecard accordingly.
2) Scoring is based on specific dyslexic student needs, not on an absolute scale of school quality.
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