Educational Institutions

Bridgeway Academy

Columbus, OH   |  www.bridgewayacademy.org

Mission

Bridgeway Academy is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire the potential and celebrate the ability of every child.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Ms. Erin Nealy

Co Principal Officer

Ms. Abigail David

Main address

2500 Medary Avenue

Columbus, OH 43202 USA

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EIN

76-0796242

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

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Our programs

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

Education Center

The Education Center is a full-day private school program that follows a traditional academic-year calendar. It features small classroom sizes and unparalleled low student-to-teacher ratios for students in early-intervention/preschool through middle school. Classrooms provide individualized instruction based on each student’s need and learning style with curriculum adapted from the State of Ohio Academic Contact Standards. All classrooms are supervised by Master’s level educators and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). The organization’s education model is unique. Classroom teacher’s focus on academics and collaborate with the centers full-time Psychologists as well as Speech, Occupational, Physical and Music therapists. Children who are typically developing participate in many classrooms and act as models for their peers. The Vocational Skills Center and Life Skills Center are part of the Education Center programming, and help to prepare older students for the transition to adulthood.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
People with disabilities

Camp Bridgeway is a critical component of the services offered at Bridgeway Academy. By participating in a rich experience during the summer months, students with autism and other developmental disabilities continue to develop social and educational skills and avoid regression (loss of previously acquired skills) which occurs when there is a lack of services. Summer camp also provides students with important physical, recreational and social opportunities. The ability to get outside, to run and to play is important for all children with and without disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Bridgeway Academy's Therapy Center boasts a full-complement of Music, Occupational, Physical and Speech therapy services. More than thirty highly-qualified and certified therapists provide services to both the students enrolled in the Education Center as well as those who come to the Therapy Center strictly for therapeutic services. No other organization in central Ohio offers this number of therapies under one roof, fulfilling the original vision of co-founders Erin Nealy and Abby David. Bridgeway Academy's therapists have specialized training, present at regional, state and national conferences and receive national recognition for the work they do at Bridgeway Academy.
• Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals and is a critical component for children with autism and other developmental disabilities to learn, communicate and socialize and a unique asset of Bridgeway Academy.
• The Speech Therapy department believes every person should have a voice. Bridgeway Academy's Speech Therapy department is recognizes internationally for its work with Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices. The department has adopted the Center for AAC & Autism’s Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) principles of device programming and therapy, shown to increase the ability of nonverbal children with autism to communicate spontaneously across environments by building their own phrases. Bridgeway Academy is a LAMP Center of Excellence and the clinicians are working toward becoming LAMP Certified Professionals.
• The Occupational Therapy department helps students attain the skills of daily living used at home, school, work and play. These therapists have a variety of specializations and certifications including Neurovascular Integration, Astronaut Training, Therapeutic Listening, Sensory Integration and a specialized Practice Area of Emphasis in Pediatrics.
• Physical Therapists assist students on many skills including balance, hand-eye coordination and core strengthening. The therapy team has a variety of specializations including orthotics; treatment programs include: therapeutic running, balance training, neuromuscular re-education and aerobic conditioning.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
People with disabilities

Bridgeway Academy’s Psychological Services provide support to the center’s teachers, students and families through classroom observation, individual student consultations and participation in small group and collaborative therapy sessions. The center’s psychologists provide student evaluations and partner with classroom teachers to find solutions for challenging situations. The team also provides Psychological, Developmental and Diagnostic Assessments for families, leading to better diagnosis and treatment strategies.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
General/Unspecified

The goal of Bridgeway Academy’s Family Partnership Program is to empower families and caregivers to develop the necessary tools to support their children at home and in the community. Our approach includes research based services and trainings tailored to meet the changing needs of our families. These services can be accessed and paid for through Franklin County Psychology/ABA funding or private pay. Our services include: Parent Training, In-Home Functional Behavior Assessment, Parent/Caregiver Consultation, Aide Training, Individualized Behavior Support, Assistance with Skill Generalization across School, Home and Community Environment and Treatment Planning.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
People with disabilities

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

1. Bridgeway Academy has contracted with Strategic Links, LLC to guide Bridgeway Academy's board through the process of updating and refreshing its Strategic Plan. A half-day retreat will take place in January 2017.<br/>2. Bridgeway Academy's development office is working with a small group of committed staff members on its first annual staff campaign with the theme, "Why Bridgeway Academy." Funds raised will be restricted to a staff scholarship fund with all funds raised utilized to provide therapy services for children and families who require financial assistance.<br/>3. Cramer & Associates is working with Bridgeway Academy's Co-Founder's to finalize a "vision" for what a future facility might look like. Once completed, the vision will be presented to the Board of Trustees. The vision will be incorporated into the Strategic Plan and decisions on "how to" move forward will be directed by the Board of Trustees with leadership from Bridgeway Academy's Co-Founder's.

Financially, Bridgeway Academy is doing well which allows some ability to work with other professionals to assist with the achievement of goals. Additionally, the management team works well together and the Board of Trustees gets stronger in its governance every day. Bridgeway Academy is well positioned for the future.

Bridgeway Academy's Strategic Plan broadly defines what both progress and success look like and is a guidepost in the work of the organization. Overall, we look for financial strength, strong governance, diversified funding and healthy enrollment.

Bridgeway Academy has reached its capacity in both enrollment and staff. From this point forward, the organization is focusing on "what's next?" which will be laid out in the new strategic plan. A new, larger and up-to-date facility is first on the list.

Financials

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Bridgeway Academy

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jennifer Fuller

Fanning Howey

Term: 2013 - 2014

Tom Manning

Envision

Erik Zwilling

Merrill Lynch

Lina Attaie

Nationwide

Lisa Imondi

Navigator Management Partners

Todd Starker

Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

Dan Mushalko

WCBE 90.5 FM

Kelly Neugebauer

Deloitte

Rose Lawyer

Huntington

Board leadership practices

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

school for developmentally disabled children; autism; therapy center; music therapy, education, children; education center; speech therapy; occupational therapy; physical therapy