Gersh Academy Student Posing in front of the NY School

One Step Closer – Transformation

Program: Gersh Academy
Campus: West Hempstead

This student came to Gersh Academy with minimal language and not able to sit for 3 seconds. He was unaware of others around him, exhibiting little eye contact. Today he sings during daily morning meetings, requests his wants and needs, and interacts with his peers. He seeks out a friend in another class he met in physical therapy. He can now sit and learn for 40 minutes in his structured setting.

We are so proud of the learning and connections that he has made! #OneStepCloser


About the One Step Closer Campaign

For over 30 years, our mission has never wavered, to change the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. We are humbled to have helped so many children, so many families across the U.S. and abroad thrive.

All year, we’ll be sharing the stories of our students and families – stories of hope and progress, of perseverance and success. Stay tuned for stories from each of our programs, including our schools, summer camps, clinics, and post-secondary programs, and all of the fantastic students and families we’ve had the honor of impacting. Keep watch here and on social media for more of these incredible stories.

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