EdAdvance offers a wide range of services to infants, toddlers, school age children, and adults with special needs and disabilities. Our Special Education and Community Services programs serve the educational and developmental needs of individuals from infancy through adulthood.  

Community Services for Persons with Disabilities

Our comprehensive services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, ages 8 and up, using a person-centered, community-based approach.

Our In Home Supports program allows individuals to maintain an independent living environment within their community. Our group homes provide 24-hour supervision for individuals with developmental disabilities.The Behavioral Supports Program (BSP) and Supported Living Program provide a caring, supportive environment in which individuals thrive and families grow together. We also offer individualized Supported Employment Services, and free transportation services to eligible Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) clients in northwestern Connecticut. 

Special Education Services:

EdAdvance partners with K-12 school districts across the state to provide cost effective, superior quality programming that meets each special education student’s individualized academic, emotional, social, behavioral, and transitional needs. We also work with districts’ certified and non-certified staff to ensure that they are receiving the highest levels of training and support. Our uniquely qualified professional staff collaborates with school district special education directors, teachers, parents/guardians, students, and specialized service providers to offer personalized instruction and supports for students. Our staff also provides program development expertise, PPT facilitation, professional development, transportation, and personnel services to schools, districts, and regional organizations.

The Center for Children’s Therapy (CCT) provides therapeutic services to children and youth from birth to 21 years of age who exhibit developmental delays or who present specific therapy needs. Services include physical, occupational, speech, and applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy as well as a subset of specialities addressing alignment issues, sensory processing difficulties, feeding, and oral motor challenges. 

The ACCESS Program at The Dr. Danuta M. Thibodeau Education Center, a K-12 education program designed to meet the needs of elementary and secondary school students who experience challenges in a mainstream school setting, provides specialized therapeutic and educational services, as well as behavioral intervention services, for students with social, emotional, and behavioral conditions that impact their ability to learn.

The program is tailored to support each student’s individual needs for personal and academic success. Therapeutic services provide students with a safe, supportive, and structured environment where they can develop problem-solving skills and coping strategies.

Review/download our ACCESS Program Brochure

The SOAR Regional Diagnostic & Learning Center provides interim educational and related school services for students who are experiencing significant challenges in their home school districts or making a transition from one education setting to another. Our program offers extensive educational evaluations to give parents and teachers a better understanding of the academic and/or social development needs of a student. In addition, we offer personalized educational programs and tutoring for students. 

Learn more by viewing/downloading our SOAR Program Fact Sheet