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Autism Spectrum Disorder

What’s Next?

In just a few weeks, students across the country will shake hands amid pomp and circumstance and receive their certificates and high school diplomas. At Village Glen, the scene will be no different. Many students have already heard from colleges and universities, from internship programs and job placements what their immediate future holds. But for our population, for students with an ASD, the dec...
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A brief history of STEM

The origins of STEM are rooted in the space race of the 1950’s between the Soviet Union (Russia) and the United States. From the launching of the first unmanned satellite in 1957, winning the race for supremacy in space was seen as essential for technological superiority and for national security.  A succession of Presidents, to the present day, has echoed the sentiment. In 2010, President Obama s...
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See the difference!

On April 10th, 2014 the Israeli Defense Force announced that it would continue to recruit individuals on the autism spectrum for a special intelligence unit: http://www.idfblog.com/2014/04/10/autism-idf-meet-soldiers-intelligence-unit-9900/ What a perfect acknowledgement that individuals on the spectrum have the kind of skills necessary to be recruited to an elite intelligence-gathering unit! It ...
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STEM, students with an ASD, and college

Nationally, students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) enter college at a rate lower than for almost any other category of disability, including learning disability, intellectual impairment, and emotional disturbance. At Village Glen, however, graduating students enter college at a rate of approximately 85%, far above the national average in every category. How do we manage this?  We actively...
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What Village Glen does best!

Why would you send your son or daughter to Village Glen? Why this school rather than any other? Pierre Duhem, the French physicist, once remarked on the difference between the French mind and the English mind, that the French mind was narrow but deep, whereas the English mind was broad but shallow. At Village Glen, we seek to have the best of both—we want students who are broad and deep, students ...
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Where those on the spectrum excel

What do our students do best? What do they excel in? In a Wall Street Journal article of March 27th 2014, there was confirmation of what many of us had long believed: what had been thought of as a weakness in our students is in fact a strength. The German software giant, SAP, is actively seeking students with autism because it believes that certain features of autism make those individuals better ...
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