Education

We offer specialized programs for individuals who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The term spectrum refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of functioning that can occur in people with ASD. The symptoms are present from early childhood and can affect certain activities, such as communication and social interactions. Early diagnosis and appropriate interventions provide a crucial foundation that will help young children succeed in later years.

Have questions about autism? Visit the autism section of our website.

ARCh (Accessing Resources for Children)

ARCh helps children and young adults up to the age of 22 who have an intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, or an emotional or behavioral challenge.

The program helps families get the support they need to care for their children or adolescents. The specific types of support may include help to coordinate services, family support, specialized behavior consultation, and family respite.

Individuals are referred to ARCh by staff from other Howard Center programs. For more information, call 802-488-6500 or 802-488-6000.

Autism Spectrum Program

The Autism Spectrum Program (ASP) provides support services to individuals ages 2-21 who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The program offers year-round, intensive support to help individuals learn and grow to their fullest potential. The offices are based at Howard Center’s 1138 Pine Street location in Burlington, but services may be provided in homes, schools, and community settings, based on each child’s need.

The program helps children and youth acquire a range of skills, including communication skills and daily living skills. Board Certified Behavior Analysts oversee all the services provided.

Children may be referred to the program through their local school’s special education department. For additional information about referrals, call 802-488-6602.

Looking for more information about autism? View our autism information and resources pages.

SUCCEED

SUCCEED is a post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities or autism. It is offered by Howard Center in collaboration with area colleges.
The program includes four areas of focus:

SUCCEED students participate in a college experience that prepares them for a future of success, creativity, and contribution to their community. While enrolled in the program, students receive support from SUCCEED staff and feedback from their peers, professors, employers, and organizations. To apply, students must submit an application and participate in an interview with SUCCEED staff. When students graduate, they have the skills they need to:

  • Live in their own apartment.
  • Develop meaningful friendships.
  • Obtain fulfilling employment.
  • Establish community connections.

For a quick overview of the SUCCEED Program, please view our download our SUCCEED Fact Sheet.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact us at 802-488-6580 or email Mark Prior at MPrior@howardcenter.org.