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Building Futures for People with Developmental Disablities

Dawn Angelini

Director of Education/Principal

Melanie Gilman

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


Dani Diliberto

Licensed Clinical Social Worker/



Transition Services


At Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. School for Exceptional Children, the goal is to assist students in becoming as independent as possible in all aspects of their lives, both during and beyond school.


The Kennedy School provides students real world work-based learning experiences to help them develop appropriate work skills and behaviors. Integration into the community is an important part of our transition services. Students have the opportunity to work on daily living skills through community participation. We have built positive relationships with various businesses in the community, which allows the students opportunities to develop their skills in actual work settings.


We use a variety of assessments to find students’ interests, preferences, strengths and needs. We develop an individualized transition program for each student based on those factors. Students are provided instruction and support in the areas of employment, education, training and independent living skills.


We also have developed relationships with adult agencies to provide a smooth transition from school to adult life. We work with students and families to ensure that needed supports will be available in the community to enhance independence.

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Skill-Building Partnership

Click here to view the video highlighting the students' work on the EarlyVention products. 

The Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. School for Exceptional Children is excited to announce a partnership with EarlyVention! EarlyVention products are based on the teaching methods of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). EarlyVention combines ABA’s proven methodologies with real-world experience in homes and in the classroom to give parents the support they need to more effectively connect, engage and communicate with their child.  


The founders of  EarlyVention, Elizabeth and Melissa Ames, allow the students at Kennedy school to master transitional skills by providing raw materials of products they sell.  The students take those raw materials, cut, paste, laminate, and Velcro them to create finished products. These transitional skills are vital to our students as they gain functional job related experiences to assist them further in their lives when they seek gainful employment.


EarlyVention was awarded a grant for their products through Autism Speaks. They, along with the school, were guests of honor at the Autism Speaks Illuminate Gala on April 16, 2016. A video was created highlighting the students’ work on the products.