Skip to main content

STEM3 Academy Opens Campuses for Students with Special Needs

  • Synopsis: Published: 2017-08-09 - STEM3 is a new initiative of The Help Group that provides STEM education with a residential option and services for parents, educators, and special needs students and young adults - The Help Group (

Main Document

Quote: "According to the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 35% of students on the spectrum choose a STEM major in comparison to 23% of the general population."

The Help Group's STEM3 Academy (pronounced STEM Cubed Academy), the first school in the nation to provide a STEM curriculum to students with special needs located in Valley Village, CA, is launching a K-12 school in Culver City, CA and a middle school program in Sherman Oaks, CA for the 2017-18 academic year.

The expansion is part of a bigger initiative called STEM3 and comes on the heels of a successful first two years, community demand, and a global need for STEM talent.

STEM3 Academy offers a comprehensive and integrated college preparatory curriculum, focusing on the long-term development, strength and needs of each student.

Many of these students are bright, have a passion for STEM fields and benefit from nontraditional teaching methods, such as project-based learning.

"Our STEM3 initiative provides a powerful early STEM education for students K-12 with a therapeutic residential option, vocational training for young adults, community events for families, and conferences and workshops for educators," says Dr. Susan Berman, COO of The Help Group.

"We're focused on developing strategies and programs for young people with special needs that encourage inclusion and a passion for STEM."

According to Dr. Ellis Crasnow, Director of STEMĀ³ Academy and STEM Education at The Help Group;

"There is a high demand and need for qualified STEM talent, and a STEM education is the key to remaining competitive in a global economy. Our students have exceptional talents, and our goal is to develop those gifts into excellences while supporting their unique needs."

According to the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 35% of students on the spectrum choose a STEM major in comparison to 23% of the general population.

"We want to help nurture those natural talents early on," says Crasnow.

Learn More About The Help Group

Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children, adolescents and young adults with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional challenges.

Related Information:

  1. Why More Minority Students Don't Seek STEM Careers - Ideas reflect desires both for more pragmatic advice and deeper senses of connection and social meaning regarding the subject matter - Brown University
  2. Report: Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering - NCSES U.S. federal government report - 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD) - National Science Foundation
  3. Helping Students with Disabilities Interested in Science - New booklet encourages greater inclusion of college students with disabilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematic fields - Amy Patterson Neubert

Information from our Special Education: Special Needs Students - Information & Resources section - (Full List).

Submit event details, disability news, and assistive technology products for publishing on Disabled World

Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.

Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.

List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.

Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be. Also see information on blood group types and compatibility.

  1. Britain's Unproductive Disabled: A Continuing Moral Panic?
  2. Social Networking Helps Keep People Healthy
  3. Majority in Favor of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Screening
  4. When the Spinal Cord Takes Charge of Information Related to Movement


Disclaimer: Content on Disabled World is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Reporting Errors: Disabled World is an independent website, your assistance in reporting outdated or inaccurate information is appreciated. If you find an error please let us know.