The Adaptive Learning Center is a 501(c)(3) organization that maximizes the potential of young children with disabilities, and creates awareness and acceptance between non-disabled people and people with disabilities.

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Charles Schoen, the Executive Director for Adaptive Learning Center has written a series of children's picture books about his son, Charlie, who is an ALC graduate.

The books are about the adventures he goes on in his wheelchair with family and friends. He magically makes friends everywhere he goes. These stories illustrate that "being different from typical peers" can have some joy and special rewards. Through his adventures, Charlie teaches us there are always opportunities to approach life from a different perspective which can provide joy and delight for many.

You can purchase a copy of the first book in the series Charlie Goes to School on Amazon, and the proceeds from the sale will benefit The Adaptive Learning Center


The Adaptive Learning Center (ALC) inclusion program is

unique in the following ways:

  • ALC is  a fully inclusive preschool program.
  • ALC partners with nine accredited preschools in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
  • ALC inclusion specialists are highly qualified degreed professionals with hands on experience with children with special needs.
  • Inclusion specialists support one to two children with learning challenges along side their typically developing peers within the preschool classroom.
  • ALC inclusion specialists are supported by program supervisors who have vast knowledge of special education.
  • A Therapy Education Plan (TEP) is developed for each ALC student. 
  • ALC inclusion specialist document childrens goals and objectives daily and write a note home to families. 
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Research shows that children's earliest experiences play a critical role in brain development

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University research is below

  • Neural circuits, which create the foundation for learning, behavior and health are most flexible during the first three years of life. Over time, they become increasingly difficult to change.
  • Early social/emotional development and physical health provide the foundation upon which cognitive and language skills develop.
  • High quality early intervention services can change a child's developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.
  • Services to young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays have been shown to positively impact outcomes across developmental domains such as language & communication, cognitive development, and social / emotional development.
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The work of ALC could not be accomplished without the generosity of our donors. Tuition alone does not cover the cost on an inclusive education, and we depend on the help of supporters to make the difference.  Your gift to ALC will enable us to expand our services to meet more children's needs in more locations, and increase the financial aid assistance available to families who need it.

You can also donate to ALC as you shop for everyday items.

  • Kroger Cash Cards
  • Target Take Charge of Education  
  • Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to ALC