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Our mission is to improve the lives of people with autism…

One individual
at a time
One family
at a time
One community
at a time

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Why the Hedgehog?

Many have asked: “Why was the hedgehog selected as the Eden mascot?” Last spring, a competition was held in our school to find a new mascot. After more than a dozen animal and character suggestions, one seemed to keep everyone’s attention- the hedgehog. The more we looked into them, the more we began to realize some important correlations. After a school and organization wide vote, the school staff and students decided that the hedgehog was the best representation of what Eden is all about.

Once the hedgehog was selected, we continued to discover what a perfect fit it actually was. Shortly after, we came across the “Hedgehog Concept” developed by Jim Collins, a renowned business consultant and best-selling author of “Good to Great” and “Built to Last”. The “Hedgehog Concept” proffers the idea that the most successful companies are those who:

  1. Know what they are good at
  2. Are passionate about what they do
  3. Understand the economic drivers of what they do.

We think this same concept can be used to help Eden students and adults achieve the best outcomes possible.

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We also discovered interesting facts about the characteristics of hedgehogs. And we learned that in many ways, they are a lot like the students and adult participants we serve here at Eden. “We liked the idea that a hedgehog is a somewhat guarded animal that shows its spines when it’s scared and often curls up and may freeze when they don’t know what’s going on,” said Chris Corozza, a teaching assistant in the Transition classroom who designed Edgar. She also described how hedgehogs are animals that know what they are good at. They’re passionate about what they do, and they know how to use their skills to be successful in their environment. They become more open and cuddly like the participants here at Eden, once you get to know them better.

By definition, a mascot is an animal, person, or thing adopted by a group as its representative symbol and supposed to bring good luck. We believe Edgar embodies what Eden is all about. Our new mascot Edgar helps give people connected to Eden a feeling of school spirit and pride along with a sense of belonging to our special Eden community. Edgar has already been welcomed with open arms by our Eden family and has jumped right in, taking part in many of our events. He has made appearances at Homecoming Day, Halloween, Sibling Day, our holiday show and Edgar even came close to winning our Annual Ugly Christmas sweater competition. Look for him later this year at our annual Eden 5k race as well as other Eden events. Be sure to stop by and give him a high-five! He loves those!

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Eden Autism

A recognized leader with more than 40 years of improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, Eden was among the first service providers to address needs across the lifespan. 2015 marked our 40th year of excellence in a range of programs for children and adults, their families, educators and other professionals. Eden improves the lives of people with autism - one individual at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time. · The Eden School provides a 12-month education program for ages 3 to 21 tailored to the specific abilities and requirements of each student. Community integration, recreation, and pre-employment are hallmarks of the highly regarded program. · Eden Adult Services provides essential support to individuals as they age out of school yet require continued support. Services include employment training and placement, residential programs, and community integration and recreation. · Eden Outreach provides evaluation and diagnostic services, early intervention therapy, professional development, curriculum, and consultative services.
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The Eden Parent Raffle is selling tickets for the 2018 Eden Parent Raffle 50/50 on June 16th. The first place winner is guaranteed $3,000!

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