“Helping Individuals with Special Needs Learn & Grow”

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

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

Dr Jim Ball Durand Consultant 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 of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with bachelor’s degrees in music,

accounting, and information systems, he has a master’s degree in music education and completed

his doctorate at Boston University. He speaks candidly about how he was nonverbal until the age

of four years, diagnosed with “atypical development with strong autistic tendencies,” regarded as

“too sick” to be treated on an outpatient basis, and recommended for institutionalization. He

credits the support of family members, friends, and teachers for his success in facing many

challenges in his life. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and travels extensively

to share his insights and expertise on autism.


This annual award given by Durand, Inc. celebrates the outstanding achievements of individuals

who promote a greater awareness of the autism spectrum and engage in activities that advance a

better understanding in meeting the needs of people with autism, their families, and the community

at large. This award will be presented to Dr. Shore on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at The

Westin Hotel in Mount Laurel, NJ, starting at 5 PM. Open to the public, this award recognition

event will feature remarks by Dr. Shore about best practices in meeting the needs of people on the

autism spectrum. Tickets for this event are available at $25 per person by calling 856.235.3540 or

visiting the Durand, Inc. website at durandac.org.


This awards program is named after Dr. Temple Grandin in recognition of her significant

achievements as an advocate for individuals with autism and a champion in the autism community.

Dr. Temple Grandin—a world-famous adult with autism, bestselling author, speaker, and designer

of human livestock treatment facilities and equipment—now serves on the selection committee of

this awards program, along with Dr. Diana Glendinning, daughter of Durand’s founder, Dr. Simone

Durand Schulmann, and a neuroscientist and Associate Professor at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson

Medical School; James Ball, Ed.D., President/CEO of JB Autism Consulting and Executive Chair,

National Board of Directors, Autism Society; Scott Badesch, President/CEO of the Autism Society;

Dr. Sharon Davis Bianco of Rowan University; and Dr. Jacqueline Kaari, a pediatrician in Sewell,

New Jersey, who is affiliated with Kennedy University Hospital and serves on the Durand, Inc.

Board of Trustees. Ray Cristofoletti, Executive Director of Durand, Inc., and Jennifer Amoroso,

M.Ed., BCBA, Principal of Durand School, also serve on this selection committee.


Established in 1972, Durand, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a long tradition of providing

care and educational resources to meet the needs of children and adults with special needs and

their families living in Southern New Jersey. With offices in Mount Laurel, NJ, Durand offers

individualized services through its group homes, adult training services, family support services,

and day school. Both the Durand School and the Durand Thrift Store are located in Woodbury,

NJ. For more information, visit the Durand, Inc.

Durand to Award Dr. Stephen M. Shore

On September 21st, Durand will award Dr. Stephen M. Shore with the Dr. Temple Grandin Achievement Award for Excellence in Autism. 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…

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…

Gourmet at the Brewery

It’s back! Hosted by the Durand Foundation, the much anticipated Annual Gourmet on the Runway is now Gourmet at the Brewery! Savor a night of fresh twists on hot gourmet trends and craft artisanal beers. Experience an exclusive variety of the region’s most sought after Chefs offering precise-portion tastings while guests enjoy refreshing beers that were handcrafted and brewed on site…

Introducing “Faces of Durand”

What goes on behind these doors? Exactly how is Durand, Inc. “Helping Individuals with Special Needs Learn and Grow”? Introducing “Faces of Durand”, launching this month! Inspired by the popular Facebook page, “Humans of New York” which focuses on the citizens of the city and their stories, “Faces of Durand” is a social media project that will tell our stories…