Non­profit Spot­light Pre­sented by The Dennis M. & Lois A. Doyle Fam­ily Foun­da­tion

Spot­light­ing the work of Re­nais­sance Learn­ing Cen­ter

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Re­nais­sance Learn­ing Cen­ter, in its 14th year as a char­ter school, de­vel­ops and pro­vides ef­fec­tive ed­u­ca­tion and tai­lored ther­apy pro­grams for chil­dren with autism spec­trum dis­or­ders (ASD) be­tween the ages of 3 and 14.

The school’s cur­ricu­lum in based on the prin­ci­ples of Ap­plied Be­hav­ior Anal­y­sis and qual­ity spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams are tai­lored to meet the unique needs of each stu­dent.

The learn­ing cen­ter in­tends to pre­pare its stu­dents to be as in­de­pen­dent, self-suf­fi­cient and so­cially in­ter­ac­tive as pos­si­ble. The school is ded­i­cated to en­sur­ing that all ser­vices and types of sup­port will be de­signed and de­liv­ered to re­spect the dig­nity and unique­ness of each per­son.

The goal is to tran­si­tion each stu­dent to a less restric­tive en­vi­ron­ment, with the ap­pro­pri­ate sup­ports in place to max­i­mize their suc­cess.

Re­nais­sance Learn­ing Cen­ter has been rec­og­nized twice by the Florida Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion for its best prac­tices in ed­u­cat­ing stu­dents with ASD and is cur­rently serv­ing 102 chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

The gov­ern­ing board was also rec­og­nized in the same grant for ex­cel­lence in man­ag­ing and op­er­at­ing a char­ter school. It is com­prised of par­ents, ed­u­ca­tors and busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als, sev­eral of whom are ac­tive in other lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions sup­port­ing in­di­vid­u­als with ASD.

When the Ernie Els Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence is built in Jupiter in 2015, the school will be housed at the new cen­ter, along with the Re­nais­sance Learn­ing Acad­emy, a char­ter high school serv­ing teens and young adults with an ASD, and the Autism Pro­ject of Palm Beach County’s new Adult Ser­vices Pro­gram.

For­mor­e­in­for­ma­tion, vis­itwww.rlc2000.com.

The Non­profit Spot­light, es­tab­lished by The Dennis M. and Lois A. Doyle Fam­ily Foun­da­tion in part­ner­ship with Sun Sen­tinel Char­i­ties, spot­lights lo­cal non­prof­its and the peo­ple be­hind them that make South Florida a great place to live. The award is pro­vided to one non­profit in Broward County and one in Palm Beach County.

“This award pays trib­ute to the many char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions that qui­etly but ef­fec­tively serve our com­mu­nity,” said Doyle Fam­ily Foun­da­tion Founder, Denny Doyle. “The Doyle Award wants to rec­og­nize th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions and the peo­ple who with­out fan­fare carry out their mis­sion.”

For the past 20 years, the Doyle Fam­ily Foun­da­tion has en­dowed more than 100 schol­ar­ships and events in the name of out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als, in­sti­tu­tions and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions that have had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on their com­mu­ni­ties.

Lisa Hause, left, and Jonathan Hause, 12,

Mark Tourangeau, left, Christy Kearce, Tim Tavis, Lisa Hauser, De­bra John­son and Greg Gi­ambalvo

Ju­lian, 4 ( PHO­TOS BY KARA STARZYK)

Glo­ria Keogh

De­bra John­son

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