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“Helping Individuals with Special Needs Learn & Grow”

What Can the Newest Muppet, Julia, Teach Us?

Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert, and Ernie now have a new neighbor on Sesame Street, Julia! On April 10th, the Sesame Street crew welcomed 4-year- old Julia to the neighborhood and quickly learned that Julia has autism spectrum disorder. They found out that she is just a little different and just needs a little more time to figure things out and that’s okay!

Faces of Durand: December 2016

When I think of how many things have changed in the last forty years at Durand Academy, I would have to say technology is the most drastic change. Many special needs individuals, like our non-verbal students, have the opportunity to use computers, iPad’s, and cell phones that enable them to communicate with others. One important aspect is that the children…

The Faces of Durand: November 2016

I wish people understood just how bright and intelligent our individuals actually are and that our individuals have feelings. They react the same as someone without similar conditions. The biggest misconception that I hear is “Oh, I thought all people like that live in facilities. “ People really believe our population should be locked away like prisoners… like they have…

Durand Awards Dr. Stephen M. Shore

Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

Dr. Jim Ball Durand with Dr. Temple Grandin in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mount Laurel, NJ: Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D., a professor at Adelphi University who has autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and is an author of several books including Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences With Autism and Asperger Syndrome and Understanding Autism for Dummies, has been selected by Durand, Inc. to receive the Dr. Temple Grandin Award for Excellence in Autism. A graduate…

Durand School accepted as a School of Excellence by NASAT

Durand is very proud to announce that The Durand School has been accepted as a School of Excellence for 2016-2017.  Selection as a NASET School of Excellence is the highest honor a private special education school can achieve through this professional association. The recognition is bestowed on private special education schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional…

Durand, Inc. Presents Dr. James Ball, Ed.D.

Evidence Based Strategies for Learners with Special Needs and Autism Dr. James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D President/Chief Executive Officer, JB Autism Consulting Friday, May 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM Durand School 230 N Evergreen Ave. Woodbury, NJ 08096 This presentation will discuss those evidenced based, State-of the-Art strategies that have been proven effective when working with a person with a special need and…

Durand Thrift Store: A Unique Discount Boutique

Contributed by Brittany Rivera Durand Thrift Store is improving and growing! With a new store Manager and an additional employee, Andrew LeBeau (son of Laura LeBeau), we are able to extend our store hours! We are now open Saturdays 10am to 4pm and open later on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, until 7pm. It is very easy to donate to Durand Thrift Store. Services include free pick-up of your items right at your…

Spotlight: Durand’s Behavioral Team

Contributed by Peggy Petrillo Our Behavioral Program is growing… Dr. Jim Ball, Ed.D, BCBA-D has been involved and/or working as a consultant with our Behavioral Program at Durand for over 20 years. Dr. Ball is the President/Chief Executive Officer of JB Autism Consulting, is Chair of the National Board of Directors of Autism Society, and is also a Board Member…

The Faces of Durand

Contributed by Jennifer Hill The “Faces of Durand” campaign is directly inspired by the success of the Facebook page “Humans of New York”. The popular page is boasting well over 16 million likes and consists of photographic street portraits of ordinary people living in New York City accompanied by vignettes of conversations about their lives. The page became successful because…