Since its inception, the Connecticut Center for Child Development, Inc. (CCCD) has been providing support to individuals with autism, their families and the community through its center-based educational and outreach programs. Our mission enables us to assist not only those children and families enrolled in our programs, but to have a statewide and national impact. CCCD is a resource for children and families throughout the state providing a host of services including education, socialization, respite and recreation. Our core program is an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) based private non-profit school approved by the State of Connecticut for children ages 3 to 21 with special education needs. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a research-based, data-driven educational method that teaches autistic children by reinforcing desired behavior. It has been proven to be the most effective approach for children with autism, and the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential is increasingly popular with, as well as a requirement for some, special education teachers.
Over the last fifteen+ years, CCCD has grown from a small non-profit organization located in a church basement to a state approved private school with two school sites providing programs. CCCD currently serves 82 students across its campuses with an additional 30 or more being served through our outreach program. Additionally, CCCD houses a diagnostic facility, an afterschool program, and a summer camp. It also runs programs to help teachers earn BCBA certificates, and has helped establish or revive six ABA-based schools in New York, New Hampshire, Kansas and Rhode Island.
With over 25% of our student population facing "aging out" in the next five years,our Adult Services program is most in need of a larger,permanent space for the program, as well as another vehicle for transportation of consumers to for supported community outings. As our students age into the Adult Services program,there will also be a need to increase staffing to maintain CCCD’s optimal level of support for staffing at a 1:1 student:teacher ratio. Each staff person added to the program will receive accredited training in ABA.
In our IEP program,needs include: scholarship funds for evaluations and an additional evaluator. Scholarship Funds and a second assessor will allow IEP to evaluate an additional 30+ cases per year and decrease the waiting time to have an assessment completed. In addition, it will also provide IEP the opportunity to perform original research and make key contributions to the field of Autism education and treatment.
At CCCD's Bridgeport Ave campus, there is a pressing need for an updated outdoor exercise facility that would be age-appropriate,provide exercise opportunities and encourage healthy lifestyle choices for the students whose ages fall between 10-12.
CCCD always needs vehicles-vital in transporting our students to/from opportunities in the community.
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