As Autism Spectrum Disorder become more prevalent, finding resources to accommodate a diagnosed child’s needs can be difficult.  What most people do not know is that an average of 3.5 million Americans currently live with Autism. Although there is no known cause or cure, children with Autism can manage their communicative and social impairments.

Public schools often struggle to provide specialized education for students on the spectrum. Luckily, San Jose has a number of organizations that focus on tailoring the educational path to the needs of students with disabilities.

Second Start Learning Disabilities Program is one of the few nonpublic, nonprofits in the Bay Area to provide a social cognitive curriculum to students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in our Newton Learning Center. Our objective of this program is to implement a multi-disciplinary, academic and therapeutic curriculum that any student with a learning disability can benefit from.

It is important that our students have teachers and staff who achieve to understand their struggles. Oftentimes, the energy that takes a student with learning disabilities to accomplish simple things is taken for granted.

Second Start Learning Disabilities Programs are developed to help students transition into post-secondary schools and the workforce. Our specialized curriculum is tailored to adapt to the student’s current skills so that they can further explore their passions. This approach helps teachers identify what path they aspire to take after high school and what other skills they need to cultivate. Ultimately, our students become comfortable to take on tasks that once overwhelmed them.

Our organization strongly believes that students with Autism Spectrum Disorders can succeed when provided with a supportive, structured and exciting learning environment. It takes dedication and special attention to prepare a child for adulthood, our program has reinstalled confidence and academic skills so that our students can achieve their potential

April is Autism Awareness Month and we, at Second Start, cannot thank our donors enough for the help we have received over the years. If you would like to join us in raising awareness, here are some ways that you can help:

  • Educate yourself and educate others- Helps us reduce misconceptions about Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Get to know someone with Autism! There’s no better way to show someone you care than getting to know them.
  • Donate to a local autism organization – Giving back to a local organization will help you directly impact your community. Please consider Second Start Learning Disabilities Programs charitable giving decisions.
Tara Bevington,
Executive Director