• The Gardner Pilot Academy Special Education program is a Full Inclusion model. 100% of our special education students spend their school days in general education classrooms, where they receive the supports documented in the Individualized Education Plans and 504s. We are proud to be a fully-inclusive community. 

Recommended Reading about Special Needs

  • Rain Reign

    by Ann M. Martin Year Published: 2014

    Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose's obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father.

    When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose's father shouldn't have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search. 

    Hearts will break and spirits will soar for this powerful story, brilliantly told from Rose's point of view.

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  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    by Naoki Higashida Year Published: 2013 Memoir

    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
    NPR • The Wall Street Journal • Bloomberg Business • Bookish

    FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD • NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER

    You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

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