ACLD was founded in 1957 and its mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with autism, learning and developmental disabilities to pursue enviable lives, to increase their independence and to improve their quality of life. An enviable life is ultimately defined differently by each person, because each person is different. Knowing that, ACLD uses the person-centered-approach to provide these opportunities in our wide variety of supports and services. This includes programs starting at 3 years old with Special Education Preschools and continuing throughout one’s life span with programs such as Day Habilitation, Vocational and Residential Services.
Helping the people we support pursue enviable lives includes listening and finding out what matters most to each person. From how they feel about where they live, to what food they eat, to the particular doctors that they see, to volunteering or becoming employed and to how they get to spend their free time is a philosophy instilled throughout each program. Take a peek inside ACLD’s 90 support programs and 78 residential programs in the video below.
In 2016, ACLD’s commitment to a person-centered approach to ensuring people with autism, learning and developmental disabilities can pursue enviable lives was brought to a new level as the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) awarded ACLD with a three-year National Accreditation. CQL is dedicated to raising the bar for organizations like ACLD in defining, measuring and improving the quality of life for all people. ACLD retained it’s accreditation in 2020, again demonstrating its ongoing commitment to person-centered-excellence.
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