Their Voice: ScenicView Academy celebrates 18 years of accomplishments 01

Staff at ScenicView Academy pose for a celebratory picture.

Happy birthday ScenicView Academy!

Feb. 27 marked the 18th anniversary of the founding of ScenicView Academy, a nonprofit transitional living program. In 2001, the Noorda family founded ScenicView, believing that young adults with autism and other neurodiversities seeking a more independent life should have access to support. The Noordas endowed the program to allow for 100 percent of all students to receive tuition discounts, and for those who qualify to be offered additional substantial scholarships.

The Noordas’ generosity has allowed for hundreds of families to access a level of care that they otherwise would not have been able to afford.

Marty Matheson, executive Director of ScenicView Academy, said, “We are grateful every day that the Noordas had a vision great enough to see the need for adults with Autism and other neurodiversities, and that they were able to make it accessible for all”.

The mission at ScenicView is to provide exceptional teaching and programming to all who meet the admissions criteria. Students receive, on average, two years of evidence-based residential, vocational, social and educational programming. ScenicView’s 60 direct service professionals — therapists, teachers, behavioral specialists and others — provide the instruction that empowers the students towards independence. The learning environment includes vocational work labs, student internships, classrooms, one-on-one interventions, recreation therapy activities, and community based learning initiatives. Services are prescriptive and individualized, based on a student’s transitional living needs and goals.

However, the ScenicView organization does not just revel in its past but also looks ahead to a bright future of growth. As part of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers organization, January of this year included the receipt of two of the three national employee of the year awards. Kari Bushman received the Direct Care Worker of the Year award and Whitney Clayton received the Related Service Provider of the Year award. Additionally, Matheson, was re-elected to the NAPSEC Board of Directors, and was appointed Chair of the NAPSEC Development and Foundation and continues as a national conference committee member.

Thank you Marty Matheson for sharing this great story and congratulations to everyone at ScenicView Academy, including the students who work so hard to support the school, for this major milestone. As a member of the human services network in Utah Valley, I look forward to watching you continue to provide the wonderful educational opportunities to people in the spectrum, caregivers, educators and family members.

ScenicView Academy is a nationally recognized nonprofit school for young adults with autism spectrum disorders and neurodiversities. Through our residential programming, we empower our students to reach their potential and gain skills to live independently. Scholarships are available to 100 percent of our students.

Contact (801) 226.2550 for more information, or visit http://svacademy.org.

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