Community Partnerships

Ivymount has been chosen by respected organizations, researchers and practitioners as a collaborator or training/research site, assuring that our innovative and intensive approach is widely disseminated and influences the larger field.  Ivymount has many collaborations with leading organizations as well as worksite partnerships with area businesses.

Since 2011, Ivymount has been a part of Smithsonian's Community Advisory Committee to develop programs to better serve families with children with autism in visits to museums, theaters and other public institutions.  Ivymount has participated in such areas as creating sensory mapping tools, developing written materials, and facilitating training programs for docents.

Kennedy Center
Ivymount worked with the Kennedy Center Accessibility Office to create a pilot sensory-friendly performance for local families with children with disabilities.  Based on the pilot, the Kennedy Center has instituted a full season of sensory-friendly performances and has partnered with Ivymount for training and in creation of a nationally disseminated guide for performing arts settings.

Transitioning Youth Projects

Ivymount is a founding member of the Youth Transitions Collaborative (YTC) created by The HSC Foundation and many Ivymount staff are involved in the development of programs for transitioning youth with disabilities in the National Youth Transitions Center in Washington DC.  Ivymount is also partnering with SchoolTalk and TransCen in new projects for transitioning youth through YTC and The HSC Foundation.

George Washington University (GWU) has partnered with Ivymount in a number of Ivymount research and development projects. GWU’s Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuroeducation hosted a full-day workshop that brought together students, faculty and public school staff to provide feedback on the development of the Ivymount's Social Cognition Instructional Package (IvySCIP). Ivymount CEO Jan Wintrol sits on the Center’s board, and GWU doctoral students are working as Research Assistants on a variety of Ivymount program evaluation projects.

Both Georgetown University Hospital Pediatrics and Children's National Medical Center have partnered with Ivymount as field placements for their fellowship programs.

Music for Autism
Ivymount partners with New York-based Music for Autism to present interactive concerts developed specifically for individuals with autism and their families.  Concerts feature professional musicians and are held in venues around the country.  Two to three musical programs each year are held at Ivymount School each year for families from throughout the Washington DC area.

Ivymount is a member of both the Maryland Association of Non-Public Special Education Facilities (MANSEF) and the District of Columbia Association of Special Education (DCASE).  Many Ivymount staff members have been represented on the Boards of Directors of both organizations.

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