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Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill students and staff featured in Philadelphia Inquirer article

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Who says teens don’t pay attention to the news?? Here’s a wonderful article about the “10 for 10″ Currents Events Challenge at our Cherry Hill campus in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer South Jersey section. Kudos to our teachers and students (and parents), who have some great quotes in the story.

Christie Prushinski said she has seen a change in son Bobby, 15. Since the challenge, they’ve had conversations they hadn’t had before.

“He never cared about politics,” Prushinski said. “If it didn’t happen in our house, he didn’t care.”

Having discussions in class also seems to have matured his perception of events. In past, bad news would have been too disturbing for him.

“Before, he couldn’t handle it,” his mother said. “Now he comes home talking about it.”

Read the full article at philly.com (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Meet the Y.A.L.E. School Professionals: Nitsa Mavromatis

IMG_1871On April 30, 2015, Stockton University’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences designated Y.A.L.E. School Northfield counselor Nitsa Mavromatis as their 2014-2015 Field Instructor of the Year. Ms. Mavromatis received this recognition as a result of her ongoing contributions to and support of the Social Work program at the university. Read More »

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Official Opening of Y.A.L.E. School’s Ellisburg Campus

5D9B7996Cherry Hill, NJ–Y.A.L.E. School, serving more than 500 students with a range of disabilities, has announced the opening of its newest campus in the Ellisburg section of Cherry Hill. The new campus, located at the former Queen of Heaven parochial school on Connecticut Avenue and NJ Route 70, serves students 5 to 21 years of age with learning, emotional and behavioral difficulties.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony held in early May, school owner Chris Sarandoulias thanked community leaders for welcoming Y.A.L.E. School.

“We are thrilled to bring our program here to this beautiful campus, and wish to thank our friends and new neighbors for the warm welcome,” said Sarandoulias.

State Senator James Beach presented a proclamation praising Y.A.L.E. for its work and the important role of private schools for students with disabilities. Read More »

Mobility matters at Y.A.L.E. School

Driving SimulatorIn fall of 2015, expanded mobility training will begin for all students at the Cherry Hill campus. The new developmental mobility skills training and preparation initiatives will promote personal independence, increase community participation and expand employment possibilities for students as they progress towards college and careers. Some of the key aspects of this new programming will include: Read More »

Rutgers Autism paratransit study looking for adult participants

The Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) at Rutgers University is looking for adults 18 years and older to participate in a research study on paratransit skills for people on the autism spectrum. Participants can earn up to $75 for completing the study. Information is in the flyer below.

Autism Paratransit Assessment Flyer (PDF)

Parents receive expert help planning for their children’s futures

Parent workshopY.A.L.E. School parents, like many parents and guardians of children with disabilities, face some tough decisions about how to protect and care for their children once they’ve reached legal adulthood at age 18 and prepare to transition to whatever may come after secondary education.

As part of Y.A.L.E.’s ongoing commitment to offer educational parent training and support, we invited attorneys from the law firm of Hinkle, Fingles, and Prior to give a workshop to parents at our Cherry Hill campus. Read More »

PHOTO GALLERY: “Yaliens” First Tech Challenge Robotics Team Visits the Philly Robotics Expo 2015

5D9B7719The Yaliens Robotics Team attended the Philly Robotics Expo for the second year in a row at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Team members participated in robotics workshops, saw demonstrations in the GRASP Robotics Lab and got to meet students from other teams in the area. View photos

PARCC testing dates at Cherry Hill campus

End-of-year PARCC testing will take place at the Cherry Hill campus on the following dates: Read More »

PHOTO GALLERY: Dr. Frank Cicero presents full day workshop hosted by Y.A.L.E. School

5D9B7348Y.A.L.E. School’s Autism programs hosted Dr. Frank Cicero of the Eden II Autism Program in New York for an all-day intensive workshop addressing autism and sexuality.

Guests arrived at the Civic Hall auditorium on the Camden County College campus in Blackwood, NJ where they were greeted by Y.A.L.E. School staff members and students from the Standard 9 transition program. The attendees were a mix of parents, educators, Applied Behavior Analysts, and professionals from local school districts, disability agencies and service providers. View photos

PHOTO GALLERY: Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus students make Easter Baskets to raise funds for school prom

IMAG0158_1Students on the autism spectrum who work at Y.A.L.E. School’s Green Tech Activity Lab recently proved to be “good eggs” when they collaborated to design, construct and decorate hand-made Easter baskets as part of a fundraiser for Y.A.L.E.’s annual student prom, held at the Voorhees autism campus. The students made “grass” for the baskets by shredding paper, which was then used to line the baskets which they individually hand-painted. The baskets were then filled with Easter candy before being sold and delivered to students and staff at the Y.A.L.E. Audubon campus. The project involved many steps requiring a range of skills and skill levels so every student at GTAL was able to participate. Proceeds of the fundraiser will go towards the Y.A.L.E. School Prom social event for students from our autism campuses. View photos