LIVINGSTON, NJ — Academy360 Upper School, a program of the Livingston-based nonprofit Spectrum360, celebrated the opening of a 20,000-square-foot addition to its campus with a commemorative ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this week.
According to the organization, the expansion furthers the organization’s goal of providing specialized support services to encourage independence and to help individuals on the autism spectrum be successful in an environment more like a typical high school.
Representing Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill’s office, District Director Jill Hirsch presented Dr. Bruce Ettinger, executive director and superintendent for Spectrum360, with a Congressional Certificate congratulating the organization for its commitment to helping New Jersey students on the autism spectrum or with behavioral and related disabilities through educational and therapeutic programs.
Staff, administration, families, government officials and partners gathered at the new wing earlier this week for a tour and refreshments catered by CulinaryAcademy360 Director Chef Mike Matthews and students.
Livingston Mayor Al Anthony, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Rudy Fernandez and council members Shawn Klein and Michael Vieira, spoke to attendees about how the township continues to be a welcoming, inclusive and diverse community.
Additionally, Jill Hirsch, district director for Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, presented Spectrum360 Superintendent and Executive Director Dr. Bruce Ettinger with a Congressional Certificate congratulating the organization for its commitment to helping New Jersey students on the autism spectrum or with behavioral and related disabilities through educational and therapeutic programs.
Rosie Driscoll, outreach specialist for Sen. Robert Menendez, and LifeTown neighbors, Rabbi and Toba Grossbaum, were also present to support the occasion.
The new addition to Academy360 Upper School includes extra space for classrooms, specialist areas, sports and extracurricular activities for students and adults attending its high school and young adult program.
According to Spectrum360, students will have expanded opportunities to experience success and prepare for their future with the school’s academic component, life skills, career development services and instruction in special areas including art, music and video production.
All Spectrum360 programs, such as community-based inclusion, teach students and young adults life skills and prepare them for the sounds, smells and sites that occur every day in the real world.