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Kevin Gersh, President

New Perspectives By: Judith Bessette, Ed.D.

Working with college age students with neurobiological disorders such as ADHD, Asperger's and other autism spectrum disorders, the Gersh College Experience, in collaboration with Daemen College in Buffalo, NY, is now offering fully accredited college level courses leading to a Bachelor's Degree in a variety of majors in the Arts and Sciences, Health and Human Services, and Pre-professional studies. The goal of the program is to provide students the level of support they need in order to earn a four-year college degree while developing the skills they need to succeed in the adult world.

Gersh students live in facilities in the North Tonawanda community close to the campus. Staffed with trained resident advisors, each residence has a living area, kitchen, dining room, study area, and three or four bedrooms. The residences serve as a base for students to develop friendships, learn independent living skills such as budgeting, household management, culinary arts, and health and hygiene, while practicing their self-advocacy, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.

For over seven years, the Gersh Academy on Long Island has provided day school programs for children from kindergarten through high school, all with neurobiological disorders. The Gersh programs are designed to help students "succeed by teaching them the way they learn." Kevin Gersh, the founder of these programs, understands the challenges his students face each day in school because he was diagnosed with his own neurobiological issues many years ago.

[The information on Gersh College was gathered by our Research Affiliate, Judi Bessette.]


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