Creating a Receiving District is a free video course designed for school districts interested in creating a new revenue stream by providing services for special needs children. The course focuses on the components that are necessary in developing programs for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities in such a way that supports the child individually and talks about individual programming for all the children and behavioral supports within the school district as well as incorporating generalization of skills and parent involvement and parent training and other curriculum support and technology to support the learning of children with developmental disabilities.
The past 12 months were exciting; to say the least. In two cases, Verbal Behavior Institute and its principal, were specifically referenced in settlements and adjudication, as the “solution” to very complex legal cases that were exhausting the time and energy of both families and districts.
In one case, a prominent attorney, who’s firm often represents the advocacy organization Autism Speaks, presented the program of instruction we developed (through our affiliate Developmental Delay Rehabilitation Services, Inc. and Lisa Delaney BCBA) and the court actually wrote in their opinion that the program was not only demonstrated as effective – but noted us to be providing an outstanding service, at well below the market rates for programs of similar quality and services. (the local news picked up on same and added that to their story – copy of article can be reviewed by checking www.ddrsny.com)
In a separate, and similar determination – the Superintendent of a district in southern central NJ, negotiated a favorable settlement for all parties, after scrutinizing the case and quality of education via external, independent evaluator’s opinions. In that case, the decision was to spare the district and the family, the expense and stress of lengthy litigation – and rather to agree to continue to provide the child in question with the services that were (remain) in place.
For more than eight years, Verbal Behavior Institute and its key staff (Vivian Attanasio, BCaBA, Whitney Pubylski, BCaBA, Kathy Huber, Colleen Aherns, BCBA, and Terry Blackwell, BCBA) developed a solid reputation for assisting those parties interested in the child, and their education – in coming to agreement on services that are both effective and efficient. Our focus is simple; but not easy. If “best practices” are developed – and integrated in a meaningful and measurable way – to generalize into the child’s home community, then everyone wins without the cost of litigation. Call us at (732) 254-0300, and we will be pleased to provide references, both professional and personal on request.
We offer training and workshops for parents, teachers, therapists and others throughout New Jersey, New York City and the Hudson Valley area. Many of our courses are free.