The Autism Academy opened in the Fall 2013 to meet the increasing demand for quality programming in the area, designed to serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. The academy provides a program of academic instruction that is centered on social skills, life skills development, and innovative therapies designed to assist every student reach their highest potential.
The Autism Academy received its first Arizona state approval in 2012 under the name of Exceptional Academic Services. Laura Newcomb has been the Owner of Exceptional Academic Services for the past four years and has provided quality special education services to multiple schools in the East Valley. Laura saw the need for an Autism school in the area to provide “Quality” services to students on the spectrum. Laura has been a Special Education Director for the past eight years and in that time, she realized there was a need for an excellent Autistic program to address the needs of students on the spectrum with specifically designed programs. Laura wanted to be sure to offer Autistic programming at an affordable rate to ensure school districts and parents could afford it by keeping the cost lower for everyone.
Laura was motivated by families willing to move from other states just to locate a “good” program designed to meet their individual student’s needs, thus realizing the need many families are seeking to attain excellent programming for their students. Laura has always had one passion and that is to provide excellent programming for students with special needs. By starting the Autism Academy, Laura is able to combine her passion for special education with the educational needs of the community to ensure a successful school.