Our mission is to provide the highest quality educational and therapeutic programs for individuals with learning, language and social/emotional challenges to achieve their maximum potential as responsible adults in society; recognize and value the individuals’ unique abilities, learning styles and differences; and serve as a leader in promoting innovative educational programs. Independence360, is a comprehensive program serving adults with autism and related developmental disabilities. Day Program Independence 360 offers day habilitation services funded by NJ Division of Developmental Disability (NJ DDD) or private pay. Our day habilitation program focuses on three core content areas; life skills, social skills, and personal development. Adults receive training in technology, travel, health and fitness, money management, cooking, reading and writing for adult life, citizenship and civics, as well as opportunities in recreational and sports/fitness opportunities. Adults are also able to choose areas of interest in which to gain skills, expertise and experience. Though the program is center-based, adults are out every day, integrating into the greater community to gain real “life” experience. Vocational Programs Independence360’s vocational program provides many and varied opportunities to promote pre-vocational job training and vocational, competitive paid work experience. This program is funded through NJ Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Services NJDVRS), NJ DDD, and private pay. It is our goal to help all participants who want to work to learn the skills needed and find competitive employment in their field of interest. Adults are actively involved in pre-vocational training, internships and apprenticeships, on-and off-site, as well as being exposed to a variety of integrated volunteer opportunities with our community partners. Independence360 is committed to finding competitive employment for all people with disabilities who seek work. We pride ourselves in our ability to match the individual’s aptitudes, skills and interests with the appropriate environment to create long-term job placements. Counseling Counseling offers adults with autism and related developmental disabilities much needed support and guidance from trusted adults outside their families to help them cope with life’s challenges. Our clinical staff provides one-to-one counseling and small group counseling. Behavioral Supports Behavioral supports are supervised by our LCSW, allowing Independence360 to provide clinically appropriate, evidence-based interventions when challenging behavior becomes a barrier to work, relationships or independence. Technology Innovative technology is used to support communication, behavior, life skills, travel skills and job skills. Independence360 prides itself on the use of age-appropriate technology, such as iPads, iPods, tablets and laptops to promote the independence and success of each adult. We also teach and review appropriate use of social media and work hard to help individuals learn the social rules of the technological age. Community-based Instruction Community-based Instruction teaches life functional skills. Independence360 adults learn to order a meal in a restaurant, handle money, write checks, take public transportation, and enjoy cultural and educational experiences in the community. Overnights Respites Respite opportunities promote further independence, and give families and caregivers of adults with autism a much-needed break. Independence360 prides itself on the travel training experiences to locations such as the Poconos in PA, Long Beach Island NJ, Kingston, NY, and NYC. These respites are packed with activities, independent skill growth, and lots of fun! Social Night Out & Recreational Events Independence360 hosts events, weekend day trips and other activities outside its regular program hours. These events and activities encourage social interaction, decrease isolation and loneliness, and provide opportunities to practice social and life skills. Age appropriate events such as Comic-Con, Broadway shows, adult dances and various cultural events let adults live full and vibrant lives. Fun and Games Night Open to Academy360 Upper School students 18 years and older, Academy360 alumni and Independence360 adults — AND their friends! — Fun and Games Nights are a great way to meet new people, jump into a video game, listen to a guitar jam, share a snack and a movie, and more.