About I.N.S.P.i.R.E.

Mission: 

The I.N.S.P.I.R.E. School, Inc. will offer social, educational and vocational training which will maximize the potential for adolescents and young adults with autism to lead satisfying, self-sustaining lives in connection with their communities.

Values:    

  • We believe that individuals with ASD are entitled to lead self-sustaining, dignified lives in connection with their communities.
  • We believe that the individual abilities and interests of students should direct the educational approaches used to maximize the student’s potential for independent living.
  • We commit to maintaining respectful, open minds with regard to the use of a variety of best practices in autism education.
  • We believe that “authentic” learning takes place in the context of meaningful experiences which are supported by strong, caring relationships, augmentative communication, structure, repetition and reinforcement, consistent with the learning style of the individual.
  • We recognize that, in order to maximize the opportunity for successful, independent living, individuals with ASD will require educational and vocational training, along with instruction in activities of daily living, social interactions, physical fitness and sensory modulation.
  • We commit to consistent data collection against educational and vocational goals to facilitate problem-solving and direct progress.
  • We value the participation of family members and/or guardians in building effective teams to support the success of our students.
  • We believe that our students with ASD, and our small, neighborhood communities in Western New England will experience mutual benefits from the increased interaction which will occur through I.N.S.P.I.R.E – associated student enterprises.