The Ivymount Organization

The Ivymount Organization, is a nonprofit organization that provides trusted educational, therapeutic, and professional services and products that invest in the abilities of neurodivergent children and young adults.  

Since our founding in 1961, Ivymount  has been a leader in developing and delivering evidence-based special education services and programs to meet the evolving needs of our neurodiverse community, as well as thought leadership and products for other professionals.    

Our programs include:

Ivymount School 

A renowned nonpublic special education day school for students with autism and related disorders, kindergarten through age 21.

The Maddux School 

A private general education school with a distinctive social learning curriculum for pre-kindergarten through second grade.

Ivymount Endeavors  Outreach

Intensive programming to support neurodiverse individuals, their families, and the organizations that serve them.

Community Outreach & Services

Recreation, education, and therapeutic programs for children and young adults. 

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Professional Collaborative 

Professional training programs, partnerships, consultation and tools/resources for professional development.

Leading the Way For More Than Six Decades

Since 1961 we have grown from a small, community-based school to a premiere nonprofit educational organization. We remain committed to our original goal: to provide compassionate, science-based support that empowers our students and clients to achieve their greatest independence and lead fulfilling lives beyond the walls of Ivymount.  

With the creation of Community Outreach and Ivymount Endeavors, we are able to share what we learn from our staff and students with the national special education and professional training community. In addition to creating our own education and outreach programs, the Ivymount Organization forms partnerships with outside organizations and researchers, provides training and practicum, and contributes to special education best practices and thought leadership.

Read our Six Decades Stories to learn more about the rich history and dynamic evolution of Ivymount. 

Our Values

We are committed to:

Creating safe and caring learning environments where neurodiverse communities and individuals can flourish

Engaging with the broader special education community

Providing innovative leadership through collaborative partnerships, research, publishing and sharing best practices

Supporting our staff and other professionals to be their very best

What People Say About Our Impact:

We Promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

At the Ivymount Organization, we are committed not only to providing a safe and caring space for everyone to work and learn, but also to dismantling systemic racism, sexism, and ableism within our community. We come to the table with open hearts and minds, engage in hard discussions, and learn from our mistakes. We do this by:

  • Promoting policies, practices, training and education that are proactively inclusive, culturally sensitive and that embrace diversity and neurodiversity among the individuals we serve, their families, and staff
  • Acting as advocates for diversity within the greater community to create substantive change  
  • Identifying and discussing our differences and the impacts they have on our stakeholders, approaches, and actions 
  • Challenging ourselves to uncover and correct any inequities we find in our organization


Our staff are committed to using culturally responsive and socially conscious practices. Self-examination and self-reflection are essential to our work. Across our organization, we thoughtfully select curricula and structure lessons to ensure students and clients learn from and about diverse perspectives and engage in meaningful exploration of social justice issues, including the concept of neurodiversity and others’ unique strengths and differences. 

Our educational services and supports focus on the varied ways people learn, and we foster our students’ and clients’ independent communication, authentic social and community connections, choice-making, and self-advocacy. We also advocate for the broader community to create situations and opportunities that benefit and remove barriers for all.