Paramus, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/17/2014 -- Alpine Learning Group announced today that it will break ground on its new Ely Center for Adult Learning this fall and have retained Bjork Builders as general contractor on the project. The Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 9, 4 p.m. in the lot adjacent to 777 Paramus Rd., Paramus, NJ. The community is invited to attend in support of local services for adults with autism.
The 13,000 square foot, state-of-the art adult learning center is the culmination of years of planning, development and over $6 million in fundraising which will bring together the three critical services that form the cornerstone of Alpine Learning Group’s mission in reforming care for adults with autism. First, the Center will house the Adult Learning Program. Second, the Center will serve as a community resource center for families seeking information on adult services and ongoing support in implementing effective care plans.
Finally, the Center will be an indispensable resource for professionals and caregivers seeking the latest evidence-based interventions and the finest available training. The Center will be housed on the same campus as the current Alpine Learning Group Education Program and will provide an unparalleled level of continuity in education for adults with autism.
Dr. Bridget A. Taylor, co-founder and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group has seen the sharp increase in prevalence over her 30 years in the field and is encouraged by the progress made at Alpine Learning Group for meeting the needs of adults with autism. “Between the report from the CDC indicating increasing numbers of individuals with autism, and the recent attention from Congress through the Autism CARES Act of 2014, it is clear that our country, and particularly our state, is facing an unwavering crisis – both financially and socially,” says Taylor. “Nearly a decade ago, the Board of Directors of Alpine Learning Group identified this critical disparity in the transition to adulthood for individuals with autism and developed the adult program. To witness the commitment of the Board, our families and the community-at-large to make this endeavor a reality is humbling.”
Larry Bjork, President of Bjork Builders, said of the project, “We are excited to get this project underway after months of hard work from all involved. We are honored to be working with such dedicated people on a project that will have significant impact on the autism community for years to come.”
If you would like to learn more about the plans for Alpine Learning Group’s Ely Center for Adult Learning, please visit the Alpine Learning Group Ely Center for Adult Learning
About Alpine Learning Group
Alpine Learning Group provides learners with autism and their families comprehensive, scientifically-validated educational and behavioral services designed to foster individual growth and personal achievement. Alpine Learning Group opened its doors in 1989 as one of the first nonprofit autism education centers in Bergen County. Located in Paramus, Alpine Learning Group serves learners and families across their lifespan through its education, adult, and outreach programs.
For more information, visit www.alpinelearninggroup.org or call 201-612-7800.