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


  • We believe that autistics 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 autistics require educational and vocational training, along with instruction in activities of daily living, social interactions, physical fitness, and emotional modulation and management.
  • We commit to consistent data collection for 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 autistic students, 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.

We Offer

  • A year-round program.
  • An extended day, from 8:30-3:30.
  • Vocational training and community-based partnerships.
  • A holistic, carefully-tracked curriculum designed to help students achieve their highest academic success and independence.
  • An optimistic, respectful, caring environment for both parents and students.
  • A firm commitment to a 1:1 student/staff ratio.
  • Team-based planning and execution to ensure stability.
  • A peaceful, wooded setting within close proximity to our community’s business and social outlets.
  • A teaching staff experienced in a variety of best practices in Autism education, including:
    • Social Skills Training
    • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
    • Utilization of Common Core state standards
    • Sensory integration
    • Visual communication strategies
    • A holistic communication strategy with all students tailored to their communication style
    • Functional academics