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The Watson Institute Friendship Academy

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Special Education

Mission: The watson institute helps children with special needs achieve their fullest potential in all aspects of their lives.

Programs: Partial psychiatric hospital program: provides six hours of treatment per school day. Services include - psychiatric intervention, medical services, psychological services, social work services and emergency crisis interventions.

education program is an approved private school which serves as an educational placement option for students ages 6 to 19 with serious emotional disturbances. The educational program served 142 full-time equivalent day students for fiscal year 2017.

idea-b - all pennsylvania department of education enrolled students are involved in career education classes and transition planning begins at age 14. The program includes materials, career exploration, college/job fairs, transportation, evaluations and job coaching and wages for coordination of in-house student workers.

esy- extended school year: special education and partial psychiatric services provided to students outside of a standard schedule of school days within a school term. 63 students were served in july 2016.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of an autistic 21 year old. When my son was diagnosed by Watson back in 1994, we were stunned and honestly didn't hold out much hope for him. Though my son has obviously NOT been cured, he has progressed remarkably well, mainly due to the education services provided by the Watson people.

In addition to the wonderful service provided by Watson, this institution helps train special education teachers in individual school districts. Watson has been as such an inspiration, I can only hope that they continue to do their work at the same high standard that my son expereinced.