Continuing Our Mission
As 2021 comes to a close, we look back on another extraordinary year with hearts filled with gratitude and hope.
Despite the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus crisis, we opened four new residences this year. Many of our adult participants returned to the jobs they held prior to the pandemic. Students worked with teachers to learn new life skills in the classroom and out in the community. Our teachers, direct support professionals, and staff’s passion and care enabled our students and the men and women in our adult programs to reach new milestones, learn new skills, and continue to grow throughout the most uncertain of times.
No matter the uncertainties we may face in the future, Eden will continue to enable individuals with autism to lead fulfilling and engaged lives to the fullest extent of their abilities.
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A Letter From an Eden Sibling
My brother, Thomas, was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old, and has attended the Eden School since 2006.
Thomas is currently in his final year at the Eden School. In preparation for graduation and life afterward, Thomas is participating in job training at various locations including a pizzeria, the municipal building, and an athletic club. With the skills he learns from these experiences, he will be able to continue his vocational training and hopefully even get a job after graduation. He will also continue his Eden legacy by attending one of Eden’s Adult Day Programs.
Growing up, I remember seeing the struggles my brother went through involving behaviors and communication. Thomas is nonverbal, and he used to have frequent, aggressive behaviors when he was younger because he could not communicate his needs. The teachers and staff at Eden were truly remarkable in helping my brother through these challenges. They were always only one phone call away if we needed help at home, and in school they worked on controlling his behaviors while helping him learn to communicate. Now, Thomas rarely has poor behaviors because he is able to effectively communicate his needs using his iPad as a communication device.
The Eden School has not only helped my brother, but it has helped me as well. As a sibling of someone with autism, I had different experiences than many peers my age. Sometimes I even felt quite lonely because there was much less awareness of what autism was when I was younger. However, because of Eden, I was able to connect with other siblings of individuals with autism. Eden was never just a school – it was a family. The families of Eden students created a whole community of support for each other. We even had Sibling Days at Eden, where we were able to meet other siblings and make friends who understood what we were all experiencing. I am very grateful for Eden, for the other Eden siblings, and of course for Thomas, who have helped shape me into the person I am today.
“I always say that his school is my oxygen. The only time that I can breathe is when he’s at Eden. They go beyond what their duty calls for to make sure that my child is taken care of.”
– Eden School Parent