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Bridgeway Academy is a non-profit organization with a mission to serve the educational and therapeutic needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. We offer an integrated approach to meet each child’s needs. This collaborative effort combines professionals in the fields of music therapy, speech therapy, and behavioral and educational services.

The therapists and classrooms use principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to target individual language and academic goals, as well as behavior management. Social interaction is targeted through the use of peer buddies. We believe this integrated model maximizes services to children looking for a continuum of services.

Our wide range of services includes individual music therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and behavioral consultation. We also offer private preschool classrooms, kindergarten classrooms, an intensive classroom setting, and a variety of therapy groups.

Please click here for our employment application. For consideration for employment, please contact Erin Nealy, Director, at 2500 Medary Avenue, Columbus, OH 43202, or e-mail application to humanresources@bridgewayohio.org.


Part-Time CDL School Bus Driver

Bridgeway Academy is seeking a Part-Time School Bus Driver who will transport staff and children with special needs to off-site locations includingspecial events, such as field trips, regular community outings, and/or activities or sporting events. This position will entail driving in the mornings and early afternoons following a planned route or schedule.  Responsibilities include:  being attentive to traffic and weather conditions while staying on schedule and safeguarding the safety of  passengers; ensuring the vehicle is operating properly each day by testing brakes, tires and other components.  The Driver must be responsible for maintaining a safe environment within the bus by enforcing rules of conduct and responding to emergencies and contacting emergency personnel and center staff immediately. The Driver will keep track of the amount of fuel used, number of students transported and miles driven and will report back to supervisors weekly.

Qualifications for this position include:

The qualified driver must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GEDand must be 21 years of age or older.  He/she will have a minimum of 2-3 years of experience driving a school bus for any local area schools or religious institutions.  The Driver will have the ability to work a flexible schedule Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Driver must have strong attention to detail, good interpersonal skills and will be comfortable transporting children with autism and special needs.

Training Required:

The Driver must have completed a formal training program consisting of both didactic and practical instruction to include learning basic federal and Ohio state rules and regulations.

Commercial Driver’s License Required:

The Driver must hold a commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), obtained through the Ohio department of transportation and has passed the knowledge and skills tests regulated by the federal government.

Endorsement Required:

Along with a CDL, the Driver must have earned a first passenger endorsement and a school bus endorsement mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

A successful FBI/BCI background check, driver’s license check and drug screening are required for this position.  EOE

For employment consideration:

Interested candidates, please go to Bridgeway Academy’s website to complete a job application and email a cover letter along with a resume to:humanresources@bridgewayohio.org;

Attention: Human Resources, 2500 Medary Avenue, Columbus, OH 43202.


Speech Language Pathologist

Bridgeway Academy is seeking a full-time Speech Language Pathologist. This role will provide direct and indirect therapy, assessment, classroom support and modeling, while being accountable to therapy team members, parents and clients.  Responsibilities include: evaluating and treating children between the ages of 2-18 with a range of developmental disabilities, primarily autism.  Will develop, suggest, and modify/adapt IEP and 3rdparty billing goals; provide a safe, clean, creative, and structured learning environment that promotes educational and developmental progress in both neurotypical and identified students.  Will implement behavior support plans as created by classroom supervisor and behavior strategies dictated by classroom lead teacher.  Must provide appropriate communication to parents/families, doctors and other therapy disciplines regarding the student’s activities, progress, behavior and attend parent/team meetings for support as needed.  Collaboration with other therapy disciplines (Physical, Occupational, Music, and Psychology) for optimal continuity of care.

Qualifications Required:  Degree from an accredited college or university and an Ohio license in Speech Therapy.  New graduates are welcome to apply and preference will be given for individuals having experience working with children who have autism.  Applicant must have a demonstrated knowledge of developmental milestones, current best practices, therapy models and implementationwith behavior plans.  He/she will have effective communication with appropriate verbal, non-verbal, written, and listening skills, and the ability to promote a positive work environment while exhibiting professionalism and enthusiasm. Physical job requirements include the following:

Must have the ability to bend, lift, stoop and get to and from the ground on a frequent basis. The ability to travel by car to meetings and work related assignments, requiring a valid driver’s license and insurable record.  There is a potential for exposure to individuals with communicable disease and blood borne pathogens and interacting with individuals with concerns in behavior. May require working under time constraints to meet deadlines and working extended hours when necessary.

A Background check is required.  EOE

For employment consideration:

Please see our website: www.bridgewayohio.org to complete an employment application and email a resume, cover letter and completed application to:humanresources@bridgewayohio.org;                   Attention: Human Resources, 2500 Medary Ave. Columbus, OH 43202.


Licensed Intervention Specialists

Location: Bridgeway Academy in Columbus, OH
Job Type: Education and Therapy Center for people with special needs, especially autism
Posted Date: 11-1-2015
Close Date:

Description: Bridgeway Academy is seeking Licensed Intervention Specialists to provide instruction, care, supervision and appropriate educational/developmental programming and/or instruction for students in K-9th grade classrooms.

Responsibilities will include: Assisting with day to day classroom activities and needs as directed by the Lead Teacher to include tracking behavior, educational, and IEP data and assisting with writing IEP or other behavior or education goals and objectives. Will write daily lesson plans for assigned content or developmental areas to include writing appropriate adaptions and modifications for lesson plans, adjusting for individual student strengths, deficits and ability levels. He/she will provide a safe, clean, creative and structured learning environment that promotes educational and developmental progress in both neuro-typical and identified students. He/she will facilitate the teaching and implementation of appropriate lesson plans and programs to assigned students and of assigned content areas. He/she will implement and develop behavioral strategies to encourage the success of students in the classroom and will communicate regularly with the team regarding Behavior Assessments and or Behavior Support Plans (BSP’s). He/she will attend IEP and parent conferences when necessary and provide appropriate daily/weekly and quarterly communication to parents and school districts regarding the student’s activities, progress and behavior.

The successful candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative/team classroom setting and will have strong interpersonal and computer skills. He/she will have effective communication with appropriate verbal, non-verbal, written and listening skills. Candidates will have experience in and an understanding of the field of Autism, education and ABA. Candidates must be familiar with HIPPA and have the ability to maintain confidential information regarding students. Minimum Qualifications: An Intervention Specialist Degree is preferred for K-9th classrooms and will have general knowledge of content areas, curriculum, and developmental milestones for assigned classroom age groups.  EOE


Licensed Regular and Special Education Teachers

Location: Bridgeway Academy in Columbus, OH
Job Type: Education and Therapy Center for people with special needs, especially autism
Posted Date: 10-16-2015
Close Date: 

Description: Bridgeway Academy is looking for Licensed Regular and Special Education Teachers with a passion to serve children with autism and other developmental disabilities in a team teaching atmosphere and with a focus on the individualized needs of students.

Responsibilities will include: Assisting with day to day classroom activities and needs as directed by the Lead Teacher to include tracking behavior, educational, and IEP data and assisting with writing IEP or other behavior or education goals and objectives. Will write daily lesson plans for assigned content or developmental areas to include writing appropriate adaptions and modifications for lesson plans, adjusting for individual student strengths, deficits and ability levels. He/she will provide a safe, clean, creative and structured learning environment that promotes educational and developmental progress in both neuro-typical and identified students. He/she will facilitate the teaching and implementation of appropriate lesson plans and programs to assigned students and of assigned content areas. He/she will implement and develop behavioral strategies to encourage the success of students in the classroom and will communicate regularly with the team regarding Behavior Assessments and or Behavior Support Plans (BSP’s). He/she will attend IEP and parent conferences when necessary and provide appropriate daily/weekly and quarterly communication to parents and school districts regarding the student’s activities, progress and behavior.

The successful candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative/team classroom setting and will have strong interpersonal and computer skills. He/she will have effective communication with appropriate verbal, non-verbal, written and listening skills. Candidates will have experience in and an understanding of the field of Autism, education and ABA. Candidates must be familiar with HIPPA and have the ability to maintain confidential information regarding students. Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree is preferred for K-9th classrooms and will have general knowledge of content areas, curriculum, and developmental milestones for assigned classroom age groups.   EOE


Early Intervention and Pre-K Classroom Teachers (certified and non-certified)

Location: Bridgeway Academy in Columbus, OH
Job Type: Education and Therapy Center for people with special needs, especially autism
Posted Date: 10/16/2015
Close Date:

Description: Bridgeway Academy is seeking Teachers both Certified and Non-Certified to provide instruction, care, supervision and appropriate educational/developmental programming and/or instruction for students in Early Intervention and Pre-K classrooms.

Responsibilities include: Assisting with day to day classroom activities and needs as directed by the Lead Teacher; will include tracking behavior, educational, and IEP data and assisting with writing IEP or other behavior or education goals and objectives. Teacher will attend weekly team meetings and IDT meetings as an active participant. He/she will provide a safe, clean, creative and structured learning environment that promotes educational and developmental progress in both neuro-typical and identified students. He/she will facilitate the teaching and implementation of appropriate lesson plans and programs to assigned students and of assigned content areas. He/she will implement and develop behavioral strategies to encourage the success of students in the classroom and will communicate regularly with the team regarding Behavior Assessments and or Behavior Support Plans (BSP’s). He/she will attend IEP and parent conferences when necessary and provide appropriate daily/weekly and quarterly communication to parents and school districts regarding the student’s activities, progress and behavior.

The successful candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative/team classroom setting and will have strong interpersonal and computer skills. He/she will have effective communication with appropriate verbal, non-verbal, written and listening skills. Experience in and will have an understanding of the field of Autism, education and ABA. Must be familiar with HIPPA and have the ability to maintain confidential information regarding students. Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred but not mandatory for E.I. and Preschool Classrooms. General knowledge of content areas, curriculum, and developmental milestones for assigned classroom age groups also preferred. EOE


Occupational Therapist

Location: Bridgeway Academy in Columbus, OH
Job Type: Education and Therapy Center for People with special needs, especially autism
Posted Date: 11-10-2016

Bridgeway Academy is currently looking for Full-time Occupational Therapist who will provide direct and indirect therapy, assessment, classroom support and modeling, while being accountable to therapy team members, parents and clients.

Responsibilities include: evaluating and treating children between the ages of 2-18 with a range of developmental disabilities, primarily autism.  Will develop, suggest, and modify/adapt IEP and 3rd party billing goals; provide a safe, clean, creative, and structured learning environment that promotes educational and developmental progress in both neuro-typical and identified students.  Will implement behavior support plans as created by classroom supervisor and behavior strategies dictated by classroom lead teacher.  Must provide appropriate communication to parents/families, doctors and other therapy disciplines regarding the student’s activities, progress, behavior and attend parent/team meetings for support as needed.  Collaboration with other therapy disciplines (Physical, Speech, Music, and Psychology) for optimal continuity of care.

Qualifications Required:  Degree from an accredited college or university and an Ohio license in Occupational Therapy.  New graduates are welcome to apply and preference will be given for individuals having experience working with children who have autism.  Applicant must have a demonstrated knowledge of developmental milestones, current best practices, therapy models and implementation with behavior plans.  He/she will have effective communication with appropriate verbal, non-verbal, written, and listening skills, and the ability to promote a positive work environment while exhibiting professionalism and enthusiasm.

Physical job requirements include the following:

Must have the ability to bend, lift, stoop and get to and from the ground on a frequent basis.  The ability to travel by car to meetings and work related assignments, requiring a valid driver’s license and insurable record.  There is a potential for exposure to individuals with communicable disease and blood borne pathogens and interacting with individuals with concerns in behavior.  May require working under time constraints to meet deadlines and working extended hours when necessary.

A Background check is required.  EOE


Physical Therapist

Location:  Bridgeway Academy in Columbus, OH
Job Type: Education and Therapy Center for people with special needs, especially autism
Posted Date: 4-10-2016
Close Date:

Bridgeway Academy is currently looking for Full-time Physical Therapist who will provide direct and indirect therapy, assessment, classroom support and modeling, while being accountable to therapy team members, parents and clients.

Responsibilities include: evaluating and treating children between the ages of 2-18 with a range of developmental disabilities, primarily autism.  Will develop, suggest, and modify/adapt IEP and 3rd party billing goals; provide a safe, clean, creative, and structured learning environment that promotes educational and developmental progress in both neurotypical and identified students.  Will implement behavior support plans as created by classroom supervisor and behavior strategies dictated by classroom lead teacher.  Must provide appropriate communication to parents/families, doctors and other therapy disciplines regarding the student’s activities, progress, behavior and attend parent/team meetings for support as needed.  Collaboration with other therapy disciplines (Occupational, Speech, Music, and Psychology) for optimal continuity of care.

Qualifications Required:  Degree from an accredited college or university and an Ohio license in Physical Therapy.  New graduates are welcome to apply and preference will be given for individuals having experience working with children who have autism.  Must have a demonstrated knowledge of developmental milestones, current best practice and therapy models and follow through with behavior plans.  He/she will have effective communication with appropriate verbal, non-verbal, written, and listening skills, and the ability to promote a positive work environment while exhibiting professionalism and enthusiasm.

Physical job requirements include the following: Must have the ability to bend, lift, stoop and get to and from the ground on a frequent basis.  The ability to travel by car to meetings and work related assignments, requiring a valid driver’s license and insurable record.  There is a potential for exposure to individuals with communicable disease and blood borne pathogens and interacting with individuals with concerns in behavior.  May require working under time constraints to meet deadlines and working extended hours when necessary.

A Background check is required.  EOE


Internship Opportunities


Music Therapy Internship Program Description

Location:  Bridgeway Academy (formerly Helping Hands Center for Special Needs) is located at 2500 Medary Avenue, Columbus, OH 43202

Description of Services:  Bridgeway Academy is a non-profit education and therapy center with a mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. The Education Center is a full-day private school program that follows a traditional academic-year calendar. The Therapy Center provides therapeutic and psychological services for Education Center students as well as individuals who come to the Therapy Center strictly for therapeutic services. Summer Camp is an eight (8) week summer program that provides recreational, social and academic opportunities during the summer months.

Population Served:  Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Brain Injury, and Cognitive Delays of all ages.  A majority of clients are on the Autism Spectrum and are ages 3 to 15.

Starting Dates:  Approximately Mid-August and beginning of November.  Please contact us for specific starting dates.  Application deadline for both starting dates is January 1 of that same year. We accept up to two interns at each starting time.

Internship Experience:  Interns will work with children, ages 1-18 with a wide range of abilities, in individual and group music therapy settings. They will be exposed to a variety of techniques, including ABA/DTT, improvisation, LAMP for Speech Generating Devices, PECS and Sensory Integration.  Interns will be expected to write goals and objectives for treatment plans/IEPs; record data; write progress reports; attend treatment team meetings; and observe, plan, co-lead, and lead individual and group therapy settings. Interns will also have the opportunity to work in the classroom as a discrete trial instructor.

Entry Level Requirements and Evaluations:  Prospective interns should complete an application, an interview, and an audition to assess voice, piano and guitar skills.  Auditions will include singing a song a cappella and playing guitar and piano I-IV-V accompaniment in at least three keys.  Prospective interns should demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English, as interns are language models for our students.  They should also demonstrate interest and a reasonable comfort level in working with students with developmental delays, including those with aggressive tendencies.  An on-site audition is preferred.

Staff and Professionals at Bridgeway Academy
The facility is headed by directors Erin Nealy, MT-BC, and Abigail David, CCC/SLP. Internship Director, Tanya Corso, MM, MT-BC, has worked with the directors since Fall 2003 and has been practicing music therapy since 1998, with experience in both behavioral and improvisational music  therapy.  Alyssa Graber, MME, MT-BC, and Liz Woolley, MT-BC, assist with interns as supervising music therapists for the internship. There are approximately five music therapists who work alongside speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, BCBAs and teachers.

Contact Information:  Tanya Corso, MM, MT-BC can be reached via e-mail at tcorso@bridgewayohio.com, or phone at 614-262-7520, ext.111.  Applications may be emailed or mailed to the addresses listed above.  For more information and an application, please visit www.bridgewayohio.org.

Other Important Information:  No housing, meals, or transportation is available at this time.  A stipend of $1000 may be available, and liability insurance for the intern will be provided.  Interns will be responsible for returning a signed contract prior to their starting date and for attaining an FBI and BCI background check (approximately $60) within the first 30 days.  Interns will also be responsible for turning in a completed physical form, signed by a doctor, stating they are current on their vaccinations, fit to work with children (form provided by Bridgeway Academy), also within the first 30 days.