Community Outreach

Wings Learning Center strives to be more than just a school.

It is our mission to be a constant resource to families and professionals. Through a monthly lecture series, we bring experts in the field of Autism and other special needs to the local Peninsula & South Bay community. Our speakers represent the research community, the medical community, the educational, the therapeutic community and those who care for loved ones on the spectrum. Our lectures are open to the public and our guests represent universities, private and public schools, families, teachers, therapists, vocational and residential care providers.

Yearly our center hosts a Special Needs Resource Fair, offering a day where resource providers can come together and connect to each other to collaborate and most importantly to connect to those families who need their services. Workshops on a variety of educational and therapeutic topics are offered during the fair, providing participants with current, effective strategies, recommendations, research and suggestions on how to support our children, youth and adults on the spectrum.

Wings Learning Center provides opportunities for University students in their teacher credentialing programs or Occupational Therapy Internship programs to work with our credentialed and licensed team.

Our school also works in partnership with local adult vocational programs in order to provide students with the opportunity to prepare for adult options. This partnership provides the receiving adult program an opportunity to observe and learn from our trained team of professionals.

Finally, the school offers universities and medical centers an opportunity to complete research projects on our site with collaboration from our families.

A Different Kind of Community Outreach……  Our Students Volunteer

Wings Learning Center believes in preparing its students to move through their community with ease. We believe that our students need to be prepared to live, work and be involved in their own community,  so our teachers reach out to community businesses, services and agencies to develop volunteer sites where students can practice socializing, building independence and developing positive work skills.

Our students are volunteering at the San Mateo County History Museum. They have been volunteering there for 5 plus years. They are connecting socially with others, preparing materials for guests’ art projects and helping the Museum with general housekeeping and organizational projects.

Our Secondary students have also volunteered at the San Mateo Credit Union in the past helping to sort and deliver mail, shredding documents and providing support in general office housekeeping.

Savers, on Main Street, has provided a third volunteer opportunity where our students are learning how to stock, sort, hang and organize clothing. This site also provides positive social experiences and life skill lessons for our students.

Students have been volunteering at the Power House Gym on Jefferson Avenue in Redwood City for over 5 years.  Not only are they able to access the equipment to maintain their own excellent health but they are volunteering by helping with equipment maintenance and grounds maintenance.