In the fall of 1999, three families with children with ASD and Rebecca Morrison, Ph.D., formed a board of directors and established a non-profit corporation called The Children's Center for Developmental Enrichment (CCDE). CCDE was formed to: support the inclusion of children with ASD in educational placements; support families going through the diagnostic process; and provide staff development and support to local school districts.
Today, CCDE and its model inclusion school Oakstone Academy serve more than 400 families throughout greater Columbus. CCDE/Oakstone Academy has expanded from providing consultation and support to families in their homes and school districts to: conducting research on the education and treatment of children with ASD; providing speech and occupational therapies; providing psychological and behavior services; offering a wide continuum of staff development and training options to other educators and professionals in our community; and developing a comprehensive educational program for children with ASD and children without disabilities in preschool through high school.
For further detail please see: Research, Early Intervention Programs and Staff Development.