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REACH Program

REACH Program
Chapel Haven Schleifer Center
REACH Program
1040 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 6515
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Program Contact Christy Chandler
Phone 203-397-1714 x185
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Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is a nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education school located in New Haven, CT with a mission of empowering adults with developmental and social disabilities to live independent and self-determined lives. In the Residential Education at Chapel Haven (REACH) program, adults 18+ with diagnoses such as intellectual & developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy live in apartment-style housing on the Chapel Haven campus and participate in a comprehensive, individualized 24-month residential life skills program. Adults in this program experience learning through practical academics, life skills development, apartment living, social communicative competence, job development, recreation and help with college. Living and learning takes place in Chapel Haven's REACH residential and classroom building, completed in July 2018 as part of a $41.5 million campus expansion. Upon graduation from the REACH program, adults may choose to transition into their own apartment in the New Haven area or into the Schleifer Adult Independent Living (SAIL) building completed in 2020 and continue receiving lifelong support services such as continuing education, recreation or a host of other a la carte supports.

Program information submitted: March 2, 2021

Public or private: Private
Type of school: Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is an independent living and transitional program for adults with developmental and social disabilities.
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 30
Summer program name REACH Summer Program
Description of our summer transition program: 8 week residential summer experience with functional academics, life skills, social recreation and apartment living.
Summer program link: REACH Summer Program
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18+
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, related intellectual & developmental disabilities
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $75000.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs:
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
Scholarships available: Chapel Haven Schleifer Center offers two scholarships to eligible families - one for students moving from Year 1 of residential into Year 2; and a scholarship for REACH graduates who are living in our Supported Living community. Chapel Haven is an approved special education program in CT and is also a vendor for CT DDS.
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access: REACH program students can explore taking college-level courses with the support of Chapel Haven Schleifer Center. Gateway Community College offers a range of certifications and associate's degree programs that sometimes appeal to our families.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Chapel Haven Schleifer Center's REACH program offers functional academic curriculum, life skills curriculum, vocational readiness, and social communication skills.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: REACH program certificate
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
We offer the following specialized credentials: Chapel Haven Schleifer Center's CareerAbility program supports career exploration, career development, work-based learning & training and employment services.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 75%