Spectrum360

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Verona, NJ   |  www.spectrum360.org

Mission

Spectrum360's mission is to provide the highest quality educational and therapeutic programs for individuals with autism or other learning, language and social/emotional challenges to achieve their maximum potential as responsible adults in society; recognize and value the individuals' unique abilities, learning styles and differences; and serve as a leader in promoting innovative educational programs.

Ruling year info

1941

Executive Director

Ken Berger

Assistant Executive Director

Danielle Taylor

Main address

One Sunset Avenue

Verona, NJ 07044 USA

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Formerly known as

The Children's Institute

EIN

22-1500529

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academy360

Academy360 includes two NJ State Board of Education Private Schools approved for the disabled, providing Preschool, Autism and Behaviorally Disabled programs. We serve students, ages 3-21, with schools in Verona and Livingston, NJ. Formerly known as The Children’s Institute, Academy360 schools have been providing special education services in New Jersey for over 50 years.

Academy360 operates two schools: Academy360 Lower School, including a preschool, elementary, middle and secondary autistic classes and a 9th grade transition class, and Academy360 Upper School, a high school serving students ages 15-21. Additional programs provided include After-School, Respite and Adult Enrichment.

Together these programs develop academic, social, behavioral, communication, life and career skills for children, adolescents and young adults. We use a contemporary array of evidence-based strategies including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design to teach the "whole individual.”

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Independence360 is a comprehensive program developing vocational, life and social skills, and personal development for adults.

Independence360 teaches vocational and jobs skills, self-direction and self-advocacy, self-expression and communication, social and relationship skills, life skills and self-care to promote wellness and independent living.

Using a multi-tiered system of supports, and structured activities in our center and in the community, we help adults become integrated into their communities, secure jobs, and become independent and productive with the supports they need to succeed. Independence360 is approved by the NJ Department of Developmental Disabilities (NJ DDD) and Medicaid as a Day Habilitation Program, and by the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NJ DVRS) to provide Job Coaching Services.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

FilmAcademy360 is a unique, practical and hands-on education program designed to help a diverse group of learners develop creative and technical skills in filmmaking, video editing, production and publishing. In a supportive, social and team-oriented environment, FilmAcademy360 provides opportunities for graduated learning and expression, in-house commercial production, work and education preparation, and volunteer and internship placements in the community. Programs are available after school, on weekends and in the summer months and are open to students attending other schools.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

CulinaryAcademy360 is a unique, practical and hands-on education program designed to help a diverse group of learners develop skills in the area of food preparation, service and packaging. Programs are available after school, on weekends and in the summer months and are open to students attending other schools.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Accreditations

DDD 2022

Affiliations & memberships

NAPSEC 2022

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Spectrum360 was built to meet the needs of people with autism and related disabilities and provide support for their families and caregivers. Our mission is to provide the highest quality educational and therapeutic programs for individuals with learning, language and social/emotional challenges to achieve their maximum potential; recognize and value the individuals’ unique abilities, learning styles and differences; and serve as a leader in promoting innovative educational programs.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have reduced as many COVID-19 restrictions as possible/safe. We have created more opportunities for feedback to be shared wit ED and AED. We have hired more staff.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback has been crucial to navigating through the pandemic. We have become a more transparent organization to the people we serve - sharing our challenges. However, we have offered them the opportunity to influence changes and find ways to compromise along the way.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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Spectrum360

Board of directors
as of 5/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Reimer

Law Offices of Michael J. Reimer

Term: 1990 -

Kristen Olson

Jonah Zimiles

Daniel Adkinson

Kenneth Blumberg

Gregg Cuvin

Jyothish Daniel

Mark Green

Vincent Howell

Adam Lipkin

Wayne Mandel

Marc Reimer

Dirk van der Sterre

E. Belvin Williams

Joseph Baker

Sree Bonasu

Lynda Lee

Cochleen Sands

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/16/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/13/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.