Durand traces its roots back to 1972, as an outgrowth of the work of Dr. Simone Durand-Schulman and the Camden County Guidance Center in addressing the needs of children with severe behavior disorders. Under the leadership of Dr. Durand, an educational program for children with autism was established called the Sunny Day School. In 1984, the Sunny Day School became an independent, nonprofit agency. Six years later, it was renamed Durand Academy in honor of Dr. Durand.
Over the years the scope and range of specialized services for individuals with special needs and their families have steadily expanded. In 1991, Durand began operating community-based group homes for children with
autism at the request of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services. In 1999, specific training programs were added. Today, we offer a day school program called Durand, group homes for
individuals with special needs, adult training services, and family support, including respite services.
To reflect the expanded range of services that are offered to individuals and their families living in central and southern New Jersey, the name of this nonprofit organization was changed in 2002 to Durand Academy & Community Services and then shortened to Durand in 2014.