Bridgeway Academy is a non-profit organization located in Columbus, OH with a mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Bridgeway Academy utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which has been found to be the most effective treatment for autism. Teacher-to-student ratios throughout the center range from 1:1 to 1:3 and provide an unprecedented opportunity for learning. All students benefit from a range of therapy services in the center. More than twenty highly-qualified and certified therapists provide services to both the students enrolled in the Education Center as well as those who come to the Therapy Center strictly for therapeutic services. No other organization in central Ohio offers this number of therapies under one roof.
Bridgeway Academy opened as Helping Hands Center for Special Needs in 2005 in Worthington and moved to its current location in Columbus, OH on Medary Avenue in 2008. Today, the organization’s classrooms employ evidence-based teaching and therapy methods and offer many unique assets, including:
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Discrete Trial Instruction (DTI), teaching in simplified and structured steps
- Speech, Music Occupational and Physical therapy services
- A full complement of Psychological services, including student evaluation and assessment
- Classroom supervision provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), Board Certified assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) and Masters Level Educators
In January 2016, Helping Hands Center for Special Needs changed its name to Bridgeway Academy. The name and brand change is the result of the exponential growth of the organization over the past ten years. While the organization’s name changed, the mission, vision, values and leadership of the organization have remained the same. Bridgeway Academy will continue to make meaningful connections in the community, helping students and families to build bridges from school to home, home to community and from high school into young adulthood.
Bridgeway Academy is a non-profit organization with a mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Bridgeway Academy will be the established and preferred organization for educational and therapeutic services related to autism and other developmental disabilities.
Student and Client Centered – Developing an individualized approach to meet educational and therapeutic goals, ensuring students and clients achieve their full potential.
Collaborative – Seeking creative ways to bring everyone’s unique talents together in order to provide outstanding educational and therapeutic opportunities.
Respectful – Interacting with and serving everyone in a manner that preserves their dignity and humanity while celebrating diversity, neuro-diversity and inclusion.
Evidence-Based – Utilizing research-based approaches and individualized data to provide best practice treatment for students and clients.
Compassionate – Empathizing with students, clients and families and providing information, time, a listening ear and safe place for them to express themselves.
Integrity –Meeting and exceeding our commitments by providing services based on sound moral principles, high ethical standards, transparency, good character and honesty.
Supportive – Providing a positive learning environment to foster growth for all.