Who We Are

- Our Mission -

Working collaboratively with individuals, families and the community, Wildwood

Programs empowers and enables children and adults with neurologically-based learning

disabilities, autism, and other developmental disorders to lead independent, productive

and fulfilling lives.

About Wildwood Programs


Wildwood provides supports and services to people of all ages with conditions described as developmental disabilities, complex learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. At Wildwood we value understanding each individual as a whole and unique person.

Our organization was created in 1967 when a group of parents found that their children did not fit neatly into existing programs. What began as a program for a handful of pre- schoolers has grown into an organization that provides comprehensive supports and services to over 1000 people and families every year. Children as young as three and adults enjoying their senior years receive supports and services in every life area in an environment where they are accepted, respected and valued.

Wildwood Programs was founded by families who created innovative supports and creative services as needs were identified. That same creativity and ingenuity continues today as Wildwood staff continually works with the people receiving services and their families to meet individualized needs. Everyday challenges are seen as the catalyst for growth, learning and the adaptation to the environment that surrounds all of us. The goal for everyone at Wildwood is to live a life that maximizes independence, fulfillment and productivity.

Who We Support


From the child struggling in school with a complex learning disability, to the adolescent with autism trying to navigate his social world, to the adult with a developmental disability working hard to live an independent life, to the family doing everything they can to support their child with a disability, Wildwood Programs helps people grow.

Rather than developing programs based on labels or diagnoses, Wildwood has developed supports and services based on each person’s characteristics, likes and dislikes and unique personality. Wildwood Programs partners with families and offers supports and services that are individualized and tailored in a holistic way for each person.

For specific details or to schedule an appointment with Wildwood’s intake coordinator call 356-6410 ext 5000 or email us at info@wildwood.edu.



Family Partnership


Wildwood Programs was founded by families who created innovative supports and creative services as the needs of their children were identified. Wildwood was founded by parents and for over forty years it has remained a family focused organization. Today, Wildwood welcomes and encourages the input of family members in each and every part of our program and our Board of Directors is comprised largely of family members.

Wildwood’s staff is renowned not just for its expertise but also for the dedication and commitment to people with disabilities. For years Wildwood has been seen as a leader and a resource for people with disabilities, their families and allied professionals in the Capital Region and beyond.




Wildwood as it is today would not exist were it not for the advocacy efforts of many dedicated and resourceful individuals. Similarly, the future availability of high quality services for individuals with neurological impairments, learning disabilities, and autism can only be ensured by the ongoing efforts of experienced and newly involved advocates alike.

To facilitate the work of those who advocate for our people, Wildwood's Board of Directors established the Government Advocacy Committee. This group meets regularly to discuss issues pertinent to the services people with disabilities need to lead lives in which their productivity and independence are maximized. We strategize around efforts that will promote the public policy that is required to make those services a reality.

We invite any interested persons to get involved with our efforts. The easiest way to do so is by joining our public mailing lists. Information about these lists can be found below.



Mailing Lists

The following lists are public mailing lists and anyone is welcome to join. Subscribing to a list is done through a completely automated process. You will need to send an empty message addressed as specified below to become a member. There is a confirmation process which is described in a message you will receive after sending your subscription request.


Advocacy Announce


This is a low traffic list used by Wildwood's Government Advocacy Committee to send out information about advocacy efforts and requests for advocacy assistance. Joining is a great way to learn what is happening policy-wise that could affect services for people with disabilities.
You can join this list by sending an empty e-mail message to advocacy-announce-subscribe@lists.wildwood.edu


Advocacy Discuss


This is an unmoderated list where members can have an open and civil discussion about policies that impact, or could potentially impact, services for people with disabilities. While the list is designed to be open and free-flowing, we do request that the discourse remain both on-topic and civil.
You can join this list by sending an empty e-mail message to advocacy-discuss-subscribe@lists.wildwood.edu



Note that if you ever wish to remove yourself from any of our lists, you can do so on your own. Instructions are included at the bottom of each message posted to the list.
Wildwood Programs, of course, retains the right to remove any participants of our mailing lists who misuse the service.

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