What Can the Newest Muppet, Julia, Teach Us?

[caption id="attachment_1489" align="alignleft" width="300"] On April 10th, the Sesame Street crew welcomed 4-year- old Julia to the neighborhood and quickly learned that Julia has autism spectrum disorder.[/caption] Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert, and Ernie now have a new neighbor on Sesame Street, Julia! On April 10th, the Sesame Street crew welcomed

Faces of Durand: December 2016

When I think of how many things have changed in the last forty years at Durand Academy, I would have to say technology is the most drastic change. Many special needs individuals, like our non-verbal students, have the opportunity to use computers, iPad’s, and cell phones that enable them to communicate with

The Faces of Durand: November 2016

I wish people understood just how bright and intelligent our individuals actually are and that our individuals have feelings. They react the same as someone without similar conditions. The biggest misconception that I hear is “Oh, I thought all people like that live in facilities. “ People really believe our population should

Durand Awards Dr. Stephen M. Shore

Durand awards Dr. Stephen M. Shore with the Dr. Temple Grandin Achievement Award for Excellence in Autism. Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen

Dr. Jim Ball Durand with Dr. Temple Grandin in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

[caption id="attachment_1364" align="alignnone" width="1536"] Dr Jim Ball Durand Consultant with Dr Temple Grandin in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[/caption] Mount Laurel, NJ: Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D., a professor at Adelphi University who has autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and is an author of several books including Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences With Autism and Asperger

Durand School accepted as a School of Excellence by NASAT

Durand is very proud to announce that The Durand School has been accepted as a School of Excellence for 2016-2017.  Selection as a NASET School of Excellence is the highest honor a private special education school can achieve through this professional association. The recognition is bestowed on private special education schools that meet

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The staff at Durand come to work each day to educate and empower the students of Durand to help them strive above their disability and to achieve new levels of success and happiness.