The Light House is pleased to announce the promotion of Rebecca Atkins to Director of Operations. Rebecca holds a Master of Human Resource Management from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Teaching from Sacred Heart University and is certified in K-6 general education and K-12 Special Education. Additionally, she completed her Educational Administration coursework (#092) in December of 2020 at Sacred Heart University. Prior to becoming the Director of Operations, Reb
The Light House is pleased to welcome our newest Board Member, Anna Staley. Anna originally joined The Light House team in 2014 as our Human Resources Manager. After relocating to Houston, Texas in 2019, Anna began a new role as Regional HR Business Partner for Discovery Behavioral Health—an agency that provides support for individuals with substance abuse, eating disorders, and mental health issues.
Anna was born and raised in Omsk, Russia and attended Omsk State Universit
Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Light House is pleased to announce the launch of LH Works: an immersive employment training program for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD). The goal? 100% competitive employment.
The current employment rate for individuals with ID/DD is between 4.8% and 11% (Colasurdo, 2019). In an effort to improve this statistic, LH Works uses a customized, holistic approach to prepare Job Seekers to excel in secur
The Light House is pleased to welcome Mark Rogozinski of Edward Jones Financial Services to our Board of Directors. Mark’s career began in healthcare finance where he worked with commercial and national payees such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers Compensation. He then began partnering with senior investment bankers to build successful start-ups. In his current role at Edward Jones, Mark utilizes his passion for helping others to serve as a mentor for his clients; guiding
The Light House is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Hill as Education Director of The Learning Campus; a state-approved private school for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Julie joined the Light House in 2018 as the Lead Teacher at our Annex School, and has been serving as the Interim Education Director since the departure of Kathy White in September of 2020.
"I became a teacher to make a difference in the lives of kids who do not learn
Kathy White is retiring from her position as the Education Director at The Light House in September 2020. Kathy had come out of retirement to take the position two years ago and will be greatly missed by staff, students, and families. "I have great admiration for The Light House's mission 'To Educate and Prepare for Life' and have seen our talented staff live up to this mission every single day. Student growth is remarkable! I am confident that The Light House team will conti
Based upon guidance from the Department of Developmental Services, Centers of Disease Control, and the State of Connecticut Reopening Team, The Light House has developed a comprehensive Reopening Plan to phase in programming for both the Day Service Option (DSO) and Transition Service (TSD). The plan was created to be reviewed by families, staff, providers, and participants to ensure understanding and shared commitment to the health and safety of all LH community members. Cor
When coronavirus-related shutdowns forced our educators to move to remote instruction, they quickly realized their students weren’t the only ones learning. Pandemics don’t play by the rules. They don’t schedule their arrival at a convenient time, like school vacation. Instead, they behave like that unwanted houseguest- the one who shows up unexpectedly, eats all your food, demands your attention 24-7, doesn’t let you leave your house, and just won’t go away despite all the hi
Due to COVID-19 shutdowns, The Light House had to get creative in how we delivered programming while quarantining. As we began the process of migrating support systems for our population of autistic, developmentally delayed, and intellectually challenged individuals to online, digital platforms, we quickly realized that not everyone had the same access to technology. With having to extend safe social distancing, equitable access to technology and connectivity became critical
With schools closed due to the coronavirus, our educators are finding ways to continue learning at-home. While technical glitches and shortened attention spans present challenges, our teachers and school counselors are optimistic that their efforts will help sustain the progress they’ve made, while providing social and emotional continuity of support. First, we worked to ensure everyone had equal access to hardware, software, and internet, providing customized devices when ne
Starting Wednesday March 17th, The Light House will be closing all programs based on state/local guidance. While our sites are temporarily closed, our missions continues. Access to all Light House distance learning/remote service plan can be found here. Please email email@example.com with any questions. Stay safe and be well.
We are excited to share the results of our recent kitchen renovation at our Annex school thanks to a $5,000 grant from Dime Bank. The life skills kitchen is used directly by participants and staff at our Learning Campus to practice daily, independent life skills such as food storage, healthy meal preparation, and functional academics. These lessons are designed by our staff to promote healthy habits, independence, and responsibility. Experiences in the kitchen prepare student
The Light House has been selected as a beneficiary of the Big Y Community Bag Program for the month of January. The Big Y Community Bag Program, which launched in January 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. We were selected as the January beneficiary of the program by store leadership at the Big Y located at 995 Poquonnock Road, Groton CT 0340. The Light House wi
The Light House has been proud to partner with Growing Potential Services to put on a completely free eight-week Healthy Eating course funded by Stop and Shop. This course, led by integrated physician Dr. Kendra Becker dove into how to cook healthy and nutritional meals that cater to different food sensitivities in an inexpensive way. Being able to cook healthy and nutritional meals is one of the biggest obstacles parents face on a day to day basis, and this problem is only e
The Light House celebrated a successful 2nd annual Ales for Autism this previous month. Attendees sampled a range of beer food pairings, specifically curated for the event by the brewers at Niantic Public House, and Lillian’s Café chef, Steve Turner. The first pairing featured guests’ choice of either Rasplosion, a raspberry porter, or Feeling Gobsmacked, a smoked beer, paired with charcuterie platters scattered around the room. For the next pairing, attendees were given Fear
Dime Bank has awarded $5,000 to The Light House’s Learning Campus in order to improve and renovate the existing life skills kitchen at our primary school. Our Learning Campus provides students with a unique, individualized learning experience that encourages community participation and self-sufficiency through applied life skills and vocational job training. It is composed of a primary and secondary school that serve students between the ages of 7 and 21 with intellectual and
Tickets are on sale now for The Light House’s 2nd annual Ales for Autism fundraiser in partnership with Niantic Public House and Niantic-based restaurant Lillian’s Café. Niantic Public House will be brewing a specialty “Ale for Autism”, which will be accompanied by food pairings curated by Lillian’s Café chef, Steve Turner. Attendees will receive a flight of three of Niantic Public House’s signature beers, along with the Ale for Autism, and food pairings for each beer, while
The Light House is pleased to welcome a member of our community to our board. Eli Morton lives in New London and works for the US Department of Defense on the Groton Subbase as a fire fighter and Emergency Medical Technician. He grew up in New London County and graduated from the Groton Public School System. When he is not at work he enjoys spending time volunteering with Boy Scout Troop 12 in Gales Ferry and the Mystic Hook & Ladder fire department. Eli has a unique backgrou
The Light House's 2019 Autism Education Conference hosted 20 exhibitors and over 150 attendees for a day of learning and networking at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Ledyard, CT. This year’s event brought in 8 speakers from across the country to present on topics throughout the day. Keynote speakers, Dr. Peg Donohue and Robin Fox, kicked off the day by incorporating this year’s theme of inclusion into their interactive presentation. Their presentation discussed how to crea
The Light House recently received a $2,500 grant as part of Charter Oak’s Community Giving Grant Program to fund renovations and the purchase of new appliances at our New London Community Campus. Our main goal with this project is to ensure that our new building is a welcome, safe, and warm place that will encourage participants to learn and grow. These funds are an integral part in helping us do this by making the building more accessible and better suited to our programming