Special Education Programs

For over 20 years, the ACCESS Program has provided tailored supports to meet each student’s individual needs for personal and academic success. Customized services are provided in a safe, supportive, and structured environment where students cultivate learning, behavioral, and social-emotional competencies. ACCESS students receive continuous, team-based, behavioral and academic assessment, as well as weekly individual and group counseling.

The ACCESS Program (K-8)

The ACCESS Program (K-8), located in Danbury, is a specialized educational day program serving students in grades K-8. ACCESS offers a variety of educational program options including K-8 Academic/Behavioral Outplacement Programs, and Short-Term Diagnostic Placements. Please contact Jennifer Douglas, Director of ACCESS—Danbury for more information.

The ACCESS Program (9-12)

The ACCESS Program, located in Bethel at WorkspaceCT, is a specialized educational day program serving students in grades 9-12. ACCESS students receive continuous, team-based, behavioral and academic assessments, as well as weekly individual and group counseling. ACCESS offers a variety of educational program options including 9-12 Academic/Behavioral Outplacement Programs, Short-Term Diagnostic Placements, and Expelled Student Educational Programs. Please contact Laura Miller, Director of ACCESS—Bethel for more information.

Partnership Learning Academy

Partnership Learning Academy (PLA), is an elementary program designed for students grades K-5, providing flexible options for school districts in meeting the long or short term complex needs of students.

EdAdvance has partnered with area districts for more than 20 years, providing cost effective, specialized educational, behavioral, and diagnostic services for students. The PLA team of highly qualified professionals provides programming focused on the acquisition of academic, social, emotional, and behavioral skills necessary to fully participate in the least restrictive environment.

The team offers educational opportunities that are customized, individualized, and flexible to foster growth and development in each student. Research-based curricula aligned with the Connecticut Core are utilized to ensure smooth transitions between the student’s home school and the PLA. Partnering with parents is an essential aspect of successful programming. Opportunities are provided for parent education. Please contact Scott Rossignol, Director of PLA for more information.

Steps at East School

The Steps at East School Program, located in Torrington, is a specialized educational day program serving students in grades 7-12. Steps students receive continuous, team-based, behavioral and academic assessment, as well as weekly individual and group counseling. Steps offers a variety of educational program options including 7-12 Academic/Behavioral Outplacement Programs, Short-Term Diagnostic Placements, and Expelled Student Educational Programs. Please contact Brett Fiore, Director of Steps for more information.

For more info, contact:

Annette Miserez-Dillon

Director of Special Education Programs & Services 

860-567-0863 x1040

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