The Capstone Academy program is housed within the Hattie Larlham residential facility in Mantua, Ohio. This nonprofit agency provides medical, therapeutic, and vocational services to children and adults with significant developmental and physical disabilities as well as profound medically fragile conditions.
Serving students from throughout the state, Capstone Academy collaborates with over 25 school districts to provide services for students in grades PK-12 (ages 3-22) with the most profound multiple disabilities. Through individualized learning plans and instruction, and attention to social, personal, and vocational needs, this educational program provides students with an opportunity to experience success.
To most effectively meet the educational needs of this student population, Capstone Academy focuses on innovative teaching methods and a multi-disciplinary approach. The curriculum incorporates content, concepts, and activities that foster cognitive, language, physical, and adaptive functioning development through the integration of multiple disciplines that allow students to experience personal and academic success.
Capstone Academy utilizes whole group, small group, and one-on-one instruction, as well as assistive technology, to ensure that students have an opportunity to experience success. All students follow a weekly schedule consisting of classroom-based learning in Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Music, Art, Adapted Physical Activity (APA), Vocational Skills, and multi-sensory integration. Related services; such as, speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, as well as necessary modifications to adaptive equipment, enhance the learning experience of each student. It is this emphasis on an integrated team approach and the extensive use of adapted technology that makes the Capstone Academy program distinct.
Students connect with the academic and vocational skills curriculum through a variety of therapeutic and technological interventions. The Capstone Academy team has created a program with a strong emphasis on technology to support student access to the curriculum, vocational skills, and communication programming for students with profound multiple disabilities. The use of technology not only improves student access to the curriculum, but it also enhances our students' independence.
You are invited to visit the Capstone Academy program. Please contact Mary Wideman with any questions or to schedule a tour.
Mary Wideman, M.Ed.
ESC of Northeast Ohio