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REACH Program

REACH Program
Chapel Haven Schleifer Center
REACH Program
1040 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 3300
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Program Contact Christy Chandler
Program Contact Email
Phone 203-397-1714 x185
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

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 CHSC 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 competency classes, job development, recreation, and health & wellness. Living and learning takes place in CHSC'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 and continue receiving lifelong support services such as continuing education classes, recreation, or a host of other a la carte supports.

Program information submitted: February 17, 2022

Public or private: Private
Type of school:

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is an independent living and transitional program for adults (18+) 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
Description of our summer transition program:
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, other related diagnoses
Program length: 2 years
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
Scholarships available:

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center offers financial assistance to adults entering and currently enrolled in our programs who have demonstrated financial need and to prospective families not yet enrolled but in need of support.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is a transitional living program and approved private special education school for adults (18+) which provides learning in practical academics, life skills, apartment living, job development, social communicative competence, recreation, and health & wellness.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 0%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized on campus
  • After graduation from a Chapel Haven Schleifer Center residential program, adults may choose to live off-campus in the Greater New Haven area in housing not provided by CHSC and may choose to live with any desired roommate.

Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Club sports
  • Campus events