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New Year New Opportunities: How New Activities and Involvement Benefit Individuals with Autism

Every parent with a child with Autism wants their child to have opportunities to socialize and interact with others and join activities that encourage fun. Here are a few reasons why you should consider getting your child involved with recreational and group activities. It Encourages Social Interaction and Building Relationships Even though social interactions involving parents and other family members…

Young man with autism shares his journey with Action News

Laura Gaffney, Durand’s Family Support Coordinator, and her son Andrew, now 26 with autism was interviewed by Alicia Vitarelli. This is an incredible story of Andrew overcoming his disability to achieve a successful and fulfilling family, work and social life as well as Laura’s long-time relationship with Durand as a client and now employee. Find out how Durand has always been an trusted support for this family and how Andrew’s story inspires hope for all individuals on the Autism spectrum at Durand.

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…