Archway Programs Hosts Danish Special Needs Group
ATCO, NJ – Archway Programs hosted Byhaveskolen representatives on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, as they joined forces in sharing innovative ideas and discussed industry trends.
Archway’s administration sat down with the Danish special needs school educators to collaborate and gain outside perspective. Both organizations share similar goals in providing the best education and individualized care to students to prepare them for real life.
“Archway Programs believes that there is a place for everyone. We share the same goal, to meet the needs of each individual served, despite any challenges they may face,” said Marge Conner-Levin, Archway Programs’ chief executive officer. “It’s key that we establish camaraderie throughout the industry in order to keep moving forward.”
At our school we are very interested in exploring new ways to strengthen our students and heighten their competences in their further life.
Byhaveskolen is a special-needs school in Svendborg, Denmark serving special-needs children between the ages of six and 18 years old. They heard about Archway Programs’ schools and wanted to learn more about the successful model used.
Karen Dalsgaard, Head of the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Department, first reached out to Susan Lafferty, Archway Programs’ Executive Director of Education, back in late 2017 inquiring about the organization asking to set up a meeting and see firsthand how the schools are run. Karen Dalsgaard and Marlene Pope, a teacher in the ASD Department, were traveling to New York for a conference and before they returned back to Denmark, they wanted to visit Archway to explore new ways to strengthen their students’ skills, particularly transitioning from school to work.
“At our school we are very interested in exploring new ways to strengthen our students and heighten their competences in their further life,” said Karen Dalsgaard, Byhaveskolen, ASD department head. “After extensive research on Archway Programs and after visiting the schools, I found the approach used to be very inspiring,”
Like Archway, Byhaveskolen also focuses on each individual need of their students, dedicated to creating a life skills balance concentrated on functional academics and daily living skills.