When their son was diagnosed with autism in 1997, Sherman Chan and Irma Velasquez, parents of a young boy with autism, formed a multi-disciplinary team to provide an intensive educational and therapeutic program for their son, Aaron. After the team worked with Aaron it was clear to them that what he needed was an effective communication system. After trying different methods and approaches Aaron began learning to communicate his needs and wants and make his requests known. But it was clear to the team and to his parents that in order for him to learn social skills and expand his communication skills he needed to be immersed in a social environment.
After a years of visiting numerous classrooms and programs in the SF Bay Area, the team realized that there was an unmet need for an environment where children with autism could learn social communication, academics and independent living skills necessary to function and grow.
In September of 2001 Wings Learning Center was created with the mission of creating a learning environment where students with ASD could learn at their own pace and be inspired to take steps towards their own personal growth.
Wings has had many homes during its fourteen year history. In 2013 we moved to a newly designed campus in Redwood City where classrooms, community spaces and OT gym, were designed to meet the specific needs of the students who range in ages 5 to 22.
Our mission is to provide students with Autism Spectrum Disorders & similar learning differences a meaningful environment where they can learn functional academics, social communication & life skills and to serve as a resource to families and professionals.
Our programs are focused on our students and put their interests first.
- Respect Differences
We respect each individual’s learning ability, needs, and choices.
- Quality of Life
We focus on functionality and meaningfulness of what we teach our students in order to help improve their overall quality of life.
- Best Practices
We invest resources in providing the latest, proven and most effective therapies, pedagogical advances, and emerging technologies to deliver our services to our students.