HEARTSHARE EDUCATION CENTER

aka The HeartShare School   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.theheartshareschool.org

Mission

The mission of The HeartShare School is to educate and support, with dignity and respect, children, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum in order to expand opportunities and enhance lives.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Carol Verdi

Main address

1825 Bath Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11214 USA

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EIN

90-0452757

NTEE code info

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

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The HeartShare School was created out of a need in the community for an education program tailored to the academic and therapeutic needs of children ages 5-21 with autism. Typically, parents would have to send their children outside of New York City to access those services.

Our programs

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

Special Education Services

The HeartShare School is an educational program that focuses on the whole child and uses a combination of educational and behavioral approaches based on each child's need. Services include a full educational curriculum, speech and language therapy, physical and occupational therapy, computer-assisted learning, art and music therapy, adapted physical education, and more.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children with autism spectrum disorder receiving special services by age 48 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Special Education Services

Context Notes

The HeartShare School educated children and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The HeartShare School aims to educate children ages 5-21 with autism so that they may reach their greatest potential. At The HeartShare School, the team works with each child and their family to ensure they reach the highest level of independence, which means transitioning to a mainstream public school and one day, caring for themselves, living on their own, working a job and participating in family and community life.

At The HeartShare School, educators and staff take a comprehensive approach to help students reach greater independence. Through individualized goals, students learn in the classroom, receive appropriate therapies, engage in community life and develop strong relationships with their peers.

The HeartShare School is able to educate and nurture each child with special education teachers and assistants who utilize the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and TEACCH approach. The school follows the New York City Common Core Curriculum and classrooms are outfitted with SMART Boards and iPads with special apps appropriate to each child's academic and development level.

The HeartShare School offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Art and music classes are held three times per week. Individual music and art sessions are available based on student interest.

The HeartShare School encourages socialization through school activities, such as the talent show, after-school program, respite program, and holiday celebrations, as well as a frequent community field trips and outings.

Students at the school participate in physical education daily. The HeartShare School has a playground and indoor gymnasium outfitted with adaptive equipment.

To encourage successful and independent adulthood, The HeartShare School has developed transition services for students aging out at 21. At every level of development, The HeartShare School staff, with compassion and care, motivates students to reach higher levels of achievement, like students with nonverbal autism speaking for the first time at the school, and create innovative ways to attain skills towards independent living, like creating a school store, where students could learn practical conversational and financial skills.

The HeartShare School has celebrated 10 years since opening its doors. The HeartShare School has transformed how children with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive an education locally. In collaboration with HeartShare's Children's Residence, adjacent to the School, children receive 24 hour care that produces transformational results, where children diagnosed as nonverbal begin to speak or children with behaviors learn how to manage them. The HeartShare School has an unparalleled reputation with parents and in the community. The parent community is comfortable visiting the school and communicating frequently with educators on their child's progress. Local community organizations, like the Knights of Columbus and Kiwanis Club, offer their time and talent generously offering opportunities to the students. The HeartShare School will continue to develop it capacity to provide the highest quality education and therapies to its students, as well as continue developing ties with local partners for the benefit of student participation in community life.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HEARTSHARE EDUCATION CENTER

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laurie Windsor

No Affiliation

Nick Domingues

Craig A. Ratigan

Barbara A. Slattery

Sheila Higginson

Don Huml

Vincent Ianelli

Sylvia LaCerra

Katherine Vero

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes