“Helping Individuals with Special Needs Learn & Grow”

Executive Director’s Message

Durand exists so that people with special needs can lead fuller, more independent lives. With comprehensive programming, Durand serves several hundred children and adults with learning disabilities and their families in Southern New Jersey every year.

While our programs appear diverse, they are linked by shared values. Durand believes that individual with developmental disabilities, autism and other learning disabilities can live successfully in the community with proper supports. And that all our consumers – young, old and in-between – can be helped to maximize their potential.

This core belief motivates everyone at Durand. Our experienced, trained staff, the board members who guide our agency and foundation, and our volunteers all believe in our clients. Because of this, Durand is a place of great optimism.

Durand opened in 1972 as a school for children with autism and we are still educators. The Durand school is our largest program and a major innovator in teaching young people with learning disabilities.

Since Durand was established, we have added new community-based programming. Durand now runs five group homes and an adult day training program. We offer a variety of supports to family members and we act as advocates. Our doors are open to all but services are targeted to those in Gloucester, Salem, Burlington, Camden and Cumberland Counties.

A key factor in Durand’s success is a willingness to meet new needs. Recently, we acquired land for a new home. We expect to grow. New Jersey has the highest incidence of autism of any state. And as American society ages, the population of those with learning disabilities will increase. At Durand, we are dedicated to meeting current and future needs.

Remember that Durand’s programs are free. Funding comes from the State of New Jersey and from concerned people like you. So, if you have a loved one with a learning disability, please call for the details on how we can help.


Raymond Cristofoletti
Executive Director